Every thing that lasts needs a good foundation: We have not lift off, but sink down…

to that concrete and steel foundation!

It was music to my ears to hear the sound of the concrete truck backing up the driveway this morning! I was ecstatic last night when Rand called and said the contractor would be here this morning to begin trenching for the foundation to J’s cottage. I set my alarm for 6:50 so I could have the dogs fed and back in the house, but at 6:45, they woke me up barking. I almost planned to get up at 6 but you know what overthinking does, right?

We had hoped for pouring to be done Friday. Rand had an unexpected trip to Texas arise and he left early yesterday morning. With construction and supplies backed up, we’ve waited a while to get this project started, along with the kitchen. It is all coming together finally, but as has been the norm for the past 18 years, something always needs doing in Texas. Imagine my surprise (and joy!) when the contractor said they would pour today.

And let the Concrete Olympic Games begin! Oh, wait, game over!

This is the below ground footing: 16 inches of concrete and rebar. Next will come the concrete blocks, so the house can sit above ground to enable plumbing connections. You just never know when you have to crawl under a house in Mississippi…or Texas for that matter.

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5 Responses to Every thing that lasts needs a good foundation: We have not lift off, but sink down…

  1. I laughed when I came to the final photos. Crawling under a house is not my idea of fun.

    Your projects are off to a good start. Hope you’ll write about progress.

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    • Suzassippi says:

      That’s my bro–he hates crawling under a house more than any thing else. I confess, I have never crawled under one; my job was just to hold the light for him. Twice I did have to step down into the crawl space from a hole in the floor. I could tolerate that, but I doubt I could actually crawl under one. When Rand HAS to because there is no other option, he duct tapes his pants and sleeves to his boots and gloves so nothing can crawl in. 🙂


  2. Beth says:

    Eeewww. I remember my grandfather crawling under their house and the threat of, well, those things under there. I’m too claustrophobic to even think about that. Is your property sitting on Yazoo Clay? Like in Jackson?

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    • Suzassippi says:

      There is a lot of clay here in the yard, so I assume so. It is hard as a rock when dry and you sink in it when wet. I do not mind the small spaces; just the spiders, cellar smell, and anything else that lives under a house is probably not something I want to meet.

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