Today we got ready to pour the slab. First they had to spray the 2080 square feet to prevent termites from getting into the house. That's a Florida building code law for every building in the state. That took about an hour.
Then they covered the sprayed area with visqueen as a vapor barrier, making sure to tape the edges together, especially around the plumbing.
Then wire mesh was added with plastic "chairs" to hold the mesh off the visqueen so the concrete can get all around the wire.
Then the edges of the porch were prepared and the rebar sticking out of the stemwall was bent over to connect the slab to the stemwall.
Here's a look at the finished product ready for the concrete to be poured. Can you see where the footers are for the load bearing walls and the pillars to hold up the roof in the great room? If you look carefully you can also see where the sills are for the entry doors from the porches.
And here is grandpa doing one last inspection to make sure everything is all right.
The electrical conduit that goes under the slab is now in. In the first picture you can see where electricity, telephone, and cable TV will enter the house (the bundle of blue tubes), as well as the ground wire. The second picture shows where all the first floor wires will meet at the electrical panel in the mud room. The electrical conduit sticking out of the ground is blue, the plumbing white.
By the end of the week, they should be ready to pour the slab!!
On Monday we had 2 1/2 inches of rain so we had to put off construction until things dried out. (Note how much is in the wheel barrow!)
Today the workers came and completed the first rough in about six hours.
Here is where the air conditioning chase and the water line enter the building on one side and where the sewer comes out on the other side to the septic tank.
Can you see the future toilet and sinks in the master bath?
Or the shower and the tub and the line to the upstairs bathroom?
Here's the tankless water heater under the stairs, with the half bath behind it and the laundry room behind that.
Here is the kitchen sink and the line of plumbing from the kitchen on one side of the house through to the master bathroom on the other side.
The electrical conduit goes in tomorrow and if all passes inspection on Saturday (and if it doesn't pour rain again), they will get ready to pour the slab next week.
No, we're standing in front of a model of our new log home. This week we worked on filling in the stemwall so we can put in the first rough of the plumbing. Here we are making an entry for the dump trucks with the fill dirt, spreading the fill dirt around and tamping it down until we have the final level in and compacted.
It passed the compaction test with flying colors. The inspector said it was one of the best jobs he had seen. We would have had the first rough of the plumbing in but our plumber was delayed on another job. If the weather holds out, that and the beginning of the electrical work will happen this coming week. Then the concrete slab will be poured.