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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.

Sewer Connection

     November 11, 2014 0 Comments

Before the backfill could be completed around the entire foundation, Bergen Excavating  had to complete the sewer connection. The guys make a trench from the sewer pipe on the house and connect it to the city line at the street.

sewer hookup

Once the connection is made, gravel is poured on top, and then dirt. The gravel prevents the pipes from being smooshed by the weight of the dirt. The backhoe is used again to fill in the gap and to compact the dirt.

When the backfill is complete, the city is notified and an inspector comes out. Lucky us (though we never had any doubt since Bergen Excavating is so experienced and professional!) we got the approval.

approved

Next step is drilling the piles, pouring the grade beam and getting a ‘Real Property’ report.


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.

Backfill

     November 10, 2014 0 Comments

Once the floor cap was on the foundation, Bergen Excavation came in with a backhoe and completed the backfill. The cap on the foundation (floor truss system) and the increased strength of the foundation walls from the vertical rebar creates a locked system to support the weight of the dirt. Thousands of pounds of dirt are backfilled against the foundation walls.

backho

This huge piece of machinery pushes and moves the dirt into the gap around the house. The weight of the machine is then used to compact the dirt.

backfill

 

Now that we have dirt against the house, we are ready for the grade beam! Safrane Construction was back on site and outlined the grade beam in spray paint. They also marked where the piles are so that Bergen Excavating can drill in the right spots. One day at a time…. we’re getting closer to framing!

blue paint

When you consider all of the work that goes into building a house, it gives you a new appreciation for these professionals. Take what we’ve done to date as an example – one company comes in, does their work, and the other company comes in. They go back and forth, back and forth, until it’s complete. Communication between these two companies is needed, as well as scheduling and flexibility so that everyone can be on time. It also goes to show though, how one small mistake (the beam) leads to weeks of delays because everyone’s schedule gets thrown off. It’s certainly a learning experience, and one that we are grateful for.

Have you built a house? What kind of delays did you run into? 

 

 


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.

Digging a Hole

     September 9, 2014 0 Comments

If you’re following us on Facebook you would have noticed our HUGE news on Friday. We started digging!! Well, we didn’t. Bergen Excavating did.

bergen 4

 

We were excited to get to the site to see the excavator in action. Unfortunately, the time lapse video didn’t work out so pictures and amateur videos will have to suffice.  Once the guys finish up tomorrow (weather permitting…please don’t snow!) Safrane Construction will start putting piles in.

Phil Bergen was the first contractor to model our Trade Built hats that we ordered through Embroidery Vibe. We think they look pretty good! Dan also wore his hard hat even though it wasn’t entirely necessary yet… oh well! I guess his head would have been protected had he tripped on a pile of dirt.

bergen 3

 

We stopped by the job site Monday morning and there were huge piles of dirt everywhere. Once the dump trucks take it all way, I’ll get a picture of the house footprint. It’s neat to see it in real life and imagine the house that will (one day) be.

bergen 1


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.

Exceeding your Excavations

     April 5, 2014 0 Comments

Great news! We met with Phil Bergen to discuss the House Trade Built project and he jumped on board. His company is Bergen ExcavatingExceeding your Excavations – and we’re excited to work with him. We’ve heard nothing but the best when we asked around for recommendations and referrals. 

Phil is happy to be a part of the Tradebank Regina network. He’s going to work our excavation into his schedule as time allows so that it does interfere with a paying job. We’re a few months away from digging anyway, so to schedule for late July is great. Trading requires flexibility, and we are well aware that there might be delays. As long as we get ourselves booked in, we’re happy. Phil’s happy. Everyone is happy 🙂

I’ll have more information for you about Phil and his company once we get started. We hope to be digging by late July. I can’t wait until digging day. Our son Leo, almost 2, is starting to like trucks so I’m sure seeing the big excavator and dump truck will be exciting for him too! Afterall, this is his favourite book:


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.