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Garage Slab

     May 19, 2015 0 Comments

Work has begun to get the garage floor prepped for concrete! We hired Bouss Construction to complete this concrete flatwork (he also did the slab in the basement).

The first step was thawing the ground. We had to break the frost in the ground, so a frost fighter was brought on site and ran for about 48 hours.

frost fighter

Once the frost level was thawed, Bouss and his crew could begin the ground prep work. Following the same process as the basement slab, Bouss started by levelling the ground and bringing in crushed rock. As a reminder from the basement slab post, crushed rock is used for a few reasons:

1. Level surface: crushed rock won’t erode and shift over time. It is also easy to grade and ensure a flat surface is made for the concrete slab.

2. Drainage: crushed rock creates a barrier between the concrete slab and the damp earth. Concrete is porous and can absorb moisture, so the crushed rock helps prevent this and encourages proper drainage.

3. Shifting: as the ground shifts, the likelihood of having concrete cracks is reduced if the proper installation methods are followed, including the crushed rock.

Once the crushed rock was leveled out in the basement, a plastic vapour barrier was installed. The vapour barrier helps prevent water vapours in the ground from reaching the concrete slab.

And lastly, rebar. Rebar is woven horizontally and vertically to provide more strength to the concrete.

garage prep

The next step was to bring in the concrete!

concrete

The concrete is spread out and levelled over the surface. There is a drain in the centre of the garage, so the edges all slope towards the centre should any water get onto the surface. Once smoothed out, the concrete needs to harden and cure. Heat is pumped up again and kept inside the garage.

One thing I didn’t get a picture of was Bouss Construction working at midnight to finish up the slab. Once the concrete had almost completely hardened, he used a power trowel to give the slab a nice polished look. Well done!

For any concrete work, be it basement foundations or flatwork, be sure to get a quote from Bouss Construction! Check out their new website for more information.


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mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Exterior Progress

     April 13, 2015 0 Comments

Things are moving along on the outside of the house! Stucco Industries continued to work on the exterior of the house and now have the house insulated with the white rigid insulation. This product acts as a base for the stucco, which we hope will be started shortly as long as the weather cooperates. It’s so nice to see the exterior of the house develop.

insulation on house

The lower half of the house where you see Typar paper will be a stack stone product from Timberstone Regina. We wanted to dress the side of the house up a bit since it’s exposed to the street. The stone will also cover the arch on the deck and the column.

In other news, we’re happy to say WE HAVE A BASEMENT FLOOR!

concrete floor

Bouss Construction and his crew had the concrete delivered and by the end of the day, we had a flat solid surface. The concrete was pumped through a window and the crew moved it around the basement, making sure it was evenly distributed and smooth. The heat was on high to help the concrete cure and near the end it was buffed. Great work guys!

concrete floor 3

The above photo will be the future bathroom, laundry area and mini bar.

concrete floor 2

Why, hello future basement bedroom with all the beautiful natural light.

Lastly, Spraywest was back to work finishing up the spray foam insulation on the main floor.

insulation spray

The windows are all taped off so that any excess spray (which, as you can see, there’s a bit) does not stick to the windows and is easily removed.

insulation spray 2

All in all, it’s been a busy week at the house! Some great progress has been made and we’re just happy to be ticking things off the big to-do list.

 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Basement Prep

     March 16, 2015 0 Comments

There is finally some heat in the house! To prepare the basement floor for concrete, the frost level in the ground had to be broken which meant we needed a lot of heat! Bouss Construction was on site preparing the basement for concrete and the first step was to keep the heat (generated by a propane heater) in the house. Hoarding was put up on the stairway to keep as much warm air as possible in the basement.

hoarding

It’s important to thaw the dirt and frost in the ground so that once the ground warms up in the spring, it doesn’t shift and crack your concrete.

hoarding 3

There was quite a bit of snow in the basement but the heater took care of it quickly. There was also some construction debris that was removed to clear the area for leveling.

Bouss Construction will be back soon to level off the ground. We’re one step closer to having a finished basement!

In the meantime..

hoarding 2

(But feel free to sneak onto the stairs to warm up!)

 

 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Driveway prep, stairs and more!

     February 3, 2015 0 Comments

It was a busy day at the house!

Part of excavating (digging the hole for the house) includes proper grading of the entire property to make sure water doesn’t drain back into the foundation. Bergen Excavating was on site today delivering a load of base 32 fill to grade the driveway. Creating a compact slope at the right angle is incredibly important to ensure proper drainage. Ever have rain water drain back into the house? It’s not a fun situation.

dump truckdump truck 2

 

A bobcat was used to move the dirt around. The dirt was pushed up, and then pulled back to create a flat surface.

driveway 2

A bit of the fill comes into the garage just so that the exterior driveway is flush with the garage footing. Before more fill was brought in for the inside of the garage, Bergen brought in a layer of clay to level the base, followed by more base 32 fill.
driveway

The weight and treads of the bobcat push the dirt down, ensuring a compact driveway. There will be a final grade before concrete is poured, but that won’t happen until Spring once the snow has gone and the temperatures warm up. More fill will also be required around the rest of the house to make sure the house is on a hill, so to speak, and not in a big puddle.

Bouss Construction will be doing the preparation work and pouring the concrete pads for both the basement and garage. We’re looking forward to having the concrete flatwork completed so that the garage may be converted to a short-term office space while the house is open to the public as a Show Home.

In other news, the stairs were delivered today! Manny and his crew (Limitless Construction) will be installing these in the next day or so. I’m excited to be able to go up to the second floor for a better peek! One journey up and down that huge ladder was enough for me. A little birdie told us the giant window for the bonus room will also be installed in the next day!

stairs

We also met with Kelly and Sola from KRN Residential Design at the house today. They wanted to stop by and take a look around at the house they designed. It would be such a fun part of the job to see something you’ve designed on paper become a real product.

KRN

We’re looking forward to seeing all the progress over the next few days! It seems every day there is something new going on.


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.