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Driveway and walkway complete! And WOW!

     December 11, 2015 0 Comments

Since we had such a great experience with Safrane Construction for our foundation, we decided to use them as well for our driveway and walkways. Brant came out and measured one week, we confirmed, and then two weeks later over a span of two days, the crew of Safrane prepped, poured, and finished almost 800 square feet of concrete. Prepping included bringing in base and tamping it down, then adding rebar for strength and tying it into the house to avoid shifting.

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At the last minute, we decided that we wanted to add a long walkway beside the house and a short one at the front to easily accommodate deliveries and guests. Thankfully they were able to make the changes and keep the square footage price exactly the same. We were very impressed with their work and they come highly recommended by us.

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You will note that we had to make a really odd driveway shape at the end to jive with city bylaws about driveways on corners in relation to “sight lines”. Once we get our landscaping, we will add some bricks or something there and everything should be fine. It’s really coming along and I can’t wait until we get our garage doors and fence. That will really spruce (or cedar) everything up nicely!

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The other cool thing about Safrane is you can use their new website quoting tool to pick your style and give your square footage, and it will give you a price immediately! Click submit and someone will contact you to book in a face-to-face quote. Get a quote right now by clicking here.


About the Author
mm I’ve lived in Regina for 30 years, and will never leave. I have a love for science, technology, business, and construction. I have my education degree majoring in Business Ed, minor in Chemistry. I taught some of the province’s best and brightest at Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies for three years while doing renovations and house flipping in my spare time. I’m good with numbers, finances, and planning. However, I can’t design my way out of a paper bag. I have total trust in my wife's design choices and am letting her make the calls throughout this project regarding colour and decor.

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.

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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!

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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.


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.

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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.

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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..

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(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.

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

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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.
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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!

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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.

We’ve got a garage!

     November 24, 2014 0 Comments

Safrane Construction and the crew were at the job site really early one morning to get started on the grade beam. By the time we got to the house, they already had the forms nearly completed.

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Rebar is used to strengthen the concrete walls. The rebar is placed both horizontally and vertically to provide as much support as possible.

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The wood frames are used to create the space for concrete to be poured.

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It was nice seeing the crew on site because it gave us an opportunity to get a group photo! They were all happy to model the House Trade Built toques we had made up by Embroidery Vibe.

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safrane and dan

 

Next step – the concrete truck will be scheduled and the forms will be filled with concrete. Once the concrete cures, the wood forms are taken off and we will be left with the concrete beam on which the framing can go on. The strength of the rebar + piles = a garage that will not sink or shift.

Thanks guys for all of your hard work!


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.

Piles completed

     November 19, 2014 0 Comments

I promise I won’t play music when I blog anymore. I had my version of Shake It Off stuck in my head all day. I apologize if you still do.

Once the holes were drilled by Bergen Excavating, Safrane Construction came in and filled them with cement and rebar. We weren’t on site when the concrete was poured, but here’ a few pictures of the end product!

 

You can see the outline of the double garage now that the piles are in.

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Bergen Excavating also drilled the holes for the piles supporting the back deck and the front porch. These piles are different from the others as they have a cap. The others (for the garage and basement) have rebar that is incorporated into the footing.

deck piles

Once the cement has had enough time to cure and solidify, the frames for the footing can be built. Pictures to follow!


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.