CDS did arrive nice and early on Friday. The lowering was much quicker than the raising - no surprise. The backhoe had to move the whole place over 1/2" by moving the steel beam. One guy from CDS said he had never seen a house fit so exactly on a new foundation - everything was nice and square - good job, Mike. CDS was able to determine the weight of the whole place - a whopping 40 tons. Each steel beam weighs 3 tons! It looks terrific - not at all as high as we were worried about. Now the fun part will begin - the renovations that make the visual difference.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
We just got the news that CDS may arrive to lower the cottage on Friday instead of next Wednesday so the scramble is on to get the crawl space ready. Mike, Allan and John worked to get the old floor insulation down, and the pony walls (to hold the wall insulation) done so everything is ready in case CDS does come - keep hoping - we are!!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Marilyn came to see the cottage while it was up, brought us lunch, and Kerry joined us. See what excellent trailer trash we have become? On Tuesday, the 16th, the concrete guys were in the parking lot before 6:30 a.m. (rude awakening) and the cement truck was pouring the floor by 7:15. Everything went smoothly and we now have a beautiful new floor in the crawl space. We're making progress!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Hydro finally showed up about five weeks late to disconnect our hydro from the stand post in preparation for the new siding. Hope we don't experience the same delay when we want to be connected again! On the 11th a worker who was dressed like he was infected by swine flu arrived to apply the "Tuff-N-Dri" waterproofing to the outside of the block wall. Mike and Al started to apply the insulation to the outside of the waterproofing. CDS descended early on Friday morning to lower the cottage - unfortunately they hadn't confirmed the date with anyone so had to turn around and head back to Ottawa - not at all pleased. Our date for the "lowering" is now moved to June 24th.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
With the completion of the back wall, it was the Stone Slinger's turn. That was something to see! I don't know that I would have been comfortable wielding a shovel in one corner with the stones being slung in the other. The floor is now ready and waiting for the concrete - one of the final steps before being lowered. 13 more days.
Friday, June 5, 2009
This is Day Two of working on the walls - tomorrow will finish it. We've ordered parachutes to hang on hooks on the front porch to facilitate getting down to the lake. John's thinking of a ''sit-down" work bench for his new basement. At least the weather's been cooperating this week - there are actually shadows in the pictures.