In late May, Ben and Dave began clearing the property for Ben’s house. As a perk for us, Ben’s choosing to build right next door. (That makes this mama happy.) With the site cleared, early June found them putting in the septic system. Instead of drilling a well (several hundred feet deep at least and probable arsenic in the water anyway) Ben decided to bury a 1,000 gallon water tank under the house. He installed in a line of pipe fro the water tank out to a “filling” station located up the driveway. It is common practice here in Fairbanks to have your water hauled either in your own truck or delivered by one of the companies in town.
Rather than digging a foundation into the ground, Dave and Ben decided to build this house up on pilings. So, after getting the septic system and water tank insulated and buried, they built an insulated chute on top of the water tank that will allow Ben access to the tank from inside the house, should the need arise. Next, he dug the footers for the six pilings that the house will be built on. They poured the footers and installed the rebar for the sono tubes. A couple of days later the tubes were poured. As soon as they hardened everything could be backfilled and graveled.