Starting the foundation and placing the footings
In the last blog I spoke about how I promote and sell Advantage ICFs, and help others realize their house building goals. I mentioned that this time around I would be using the Advantage ICF system to build my own dream home.
In this blog, I discuss my experience on the actual process beginning with the foundation, followed by placing the footings.
The building begins
So after 13 months of planning which included design, engineering, estimates and permit applications both municipal and provincial, we have finally started with construction. We finally have broken ground and after dealing with some expected and unexpected weather issues (Alberta weather can give anyone a run for their money) the footings have been placed and the foundation started.
The Mud & the Mayhem
Some unexpected issues we experienced included very heavy wet snow followed by quick thaw that made the site extremely muddy and hard to work in. As a result, we had to remove 5 cubic meters of mud to get to undisturbed soil for the foundation. We then experienced extreme cold (minus 28 C) which required heating and hoarding so the ground would not freeze. I thought about titling this blog “The Mud & the Mayhem”, as really the ICFs were the easiest part of this process.
At this point, we have the ICFs loaded into the hole as you can see by the images. Now we are ready for the next phase!
Check back soon to see our status as we begin building with the ICFs.
For more information about the Advantage ICF system, visit http://www.advantageicf.com