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The Norman Cottage - Kewadin Michigan
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Starting the footings
November 30, 2005 - We have started the footings and the placement of the form boards. This process is a long one with all the corners in the house. The shape of the Cottage is starting to show itself.
The completion of the footings will take a few days to get ready for the inspection before the pour.
Stone placement at the basement
November 28, 2005 - The decision was made to place 14" of pea stone under the entire basement slab area to assure that the water would flow away from the foundation. To do this we placed drain tile and pea stone at the basement.
The pea stone will work with the drain tile to move the ground water from around the foundation to the drain outlet location.
The drain exit point has been dug and completed. We directed the water to a french drain filled with pea stone.
Staking the Foundation
November 21, 2005 - The foundation location has been staked and we are getting ready for the footings. The water in the basement area will be drained when the footing drain is connected to the boring that was completed. This has not been completed at this time.
As you can see the snow has melted for the time being.
November 18, 2005 - We are staking the corner points of the cottage foundation in the excavated hole. This will assure that the corners are placed in the correct location based on the site plan that was created. We where staking at 10am Friday morning and as you can see the snow was falling and it was dark.
Site Drainage and Boring
November 11, 2005 - We have made a decision to bore a site drainage line to the west of the lot. This will drain the sub surface water from under the foundation and the ground water away from the perimeter of the basement. Thanks to 5 Star Directional Drilling Services out of Kingsley for all the great work.
November 4th, 2005 - We started the excavation of the basement and the crawl space of the new home. Alper's Excavating from Traverse City was on top of things as always.
October 2005 - Start!!!! We have the process underway!
October 25, 2000 - This is the date that we started working with the Normans on their new cottage in Northern Michigan.
These are pictures of the existing cottage that was on the lot. We will remove this from the lot to build the new home.