Clearing, Dirtwork and Foundation

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.

Sharpening the saw.

Sharpening the saw.

Before he started cutting.  Looking to the east.

Before he started cutting. Looking to the east.

After cutting most of the trees down.

After cutting most of the trees down.

Hauling brush - several people helped out: Dave, Wyatt, Holly, Hannah, David D,

Hauling brush – several people helped out: Dave, Wyatt, Holly, Hannah, David D

Dave, being the good Papa. Watching with pride.

Dave, being the good Papa. Watching with pride.

Septic  - looking north of the house.
Septic – looking north of the house.

Laying the pipe for the leach field.

Laying the pipe for the leach field.

Scott did the dirt work and septic system.

Scott did the dirt work and septic system.

The driveway.

The driveway.

Setting the man hole access over the water tank. Note the layers of insulation they're standing on.

Setting the man hole access over the water tank. Note the layers of insulation they’re standing on.

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Pouring the footers.

Pouring the footers.

Rebar in, tube forms carefully set in place.

Rebar in, tube forms carefully set in place.

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Pouring the Sono Tubes.

Pouring the Sono Tubes.

Checking the plans. Making sure everything will line up from inside the house to the outside equipment.

Checking the plans. Making sure everything will line up from inside the house to the outside equipment.

Six pilings, poured and curing. Starting the backfill.

Six pilings, poured and curing. Starting the backfill.

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