Breaking Ground

This week they’ve made enough progress that we can pour the slab next week. Because the forrest floor had a foot or two of loamy soil, they first had to dig down to firm soil.

breaking-ground

Next, they began bringing in fill. They compacted the soil in layers with a giant rolling machine that gave us all flashbacks of living California as it shook the entire house from over 50ft away, simulating a series of earthquakes.

filling-to-grade

The footing was then excavated away from the newly compacted soil. Dirt was set piled up around the perimeter to use as backfill once the slab is complete.

cutting-footing

My son wants to spend every waking moment at the site. A friend got him a digger for his birthday, which works especially well in the loose piles of soil around the footing, and he loves to play with his toy construction vehicles at a real construction site.

laying-out-forms