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View from above

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 Coworker was in town this week and he brought his drone. (What a cool toy!). Grabbed some fun pics, v still need to upload video. The second pic, we are in the lower right corner, can see the white water tank.

Well that was a quick winter!

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 Seemed like a pretty easy winter, not a ton of snow either. Can't believe it's already April. We've been searching the internet for a telehandler, finally found one south of us in Pullman. We are the proud new owners of a 2000 Terex SS-842!  8,000lbs and 42' reach. Fun stuff. Spend the first Sunday with it moving boulders (good practice) and took down a couple trees that were still in the way. Hoping to have logs soon, have a few leads, just need to confirm.

More dirt moved

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 After backfilling we had a larger pile of dirt and boulders. Yesterday the guys moved some boulders and made a retaining wall by the dog fence, and we now have a way larger turn around/parking area. And room to work around the foundation.

Backfill is done

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 We filled in around the foundation now that the waterproof membrane and drain was installed. Even though we filled the holes, our dirt pile is larger again:) We will push over 2 mid sized trees and make the parking area larger with the extra dirt. Also found a massive boulder that was flat on top, have to turn that into something useful once we are done.

Ready for backfill

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 We've made decent progress, after the ICF blocks were set we braced the inside walls, finished the rebar, and added knockouts for plumbing out and dryer vent. Also added conduits for water in, electric in, house bibs at 2 corners, and a couple extras just in case. Concrete pour went ok but had 1 blow out at a cut block so that was stressful but we got it stopped. Added 4" perforated pipe for drainage all the way around and the waterproof membrane. Should be backfilling this weekend!

Stem wall ICF

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 We set our Fox blocks ICF today, giant Legos! Pretty fun actually, goes very fast since they are 4' long. Here's a time lapse of the day: https://youtu.be/IgcrPs06LKk This morning saw another mountain lion in the yard, this one was very dark.

Geez been a while, started on the foundation!

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 So permits took a while this spring but finally got approved. Had to add some drain field to the septic to make the county folks happy. Digging for the foundation went well, only hit a bit of rock.  Jessica and I built the footer forms: And we put the rebar in, then inspected (and passed): Concrete and pump truck is scheduled for Tuesday! Foxbock ICF were delivered yesterday, good timing, huge Legos.