I don’t know if either one of us knew what was in store for us but we just took it day by day. That summer the developer had put in roads and power.
We went through a winter working with engineers, developers and researched all of the product we needed to start building.
Well we couldn’t wait for spring to come, my husband bought a Kabota tractor and started clearing the snow before it had a chance to melt. Of course the kids had a blast playing on the nearby trees and just hanging out.
Soon after we decided to buy a Sea-can to put building materials in and of course the tractor. We purchased and had all of our trusses delivered to us by Leduc Truss. We then decided to move our trailer out and get it setup.
We had to invest in a Champion generator to power the trailer and all the tools required for building. We had arranged for a lot of our building materials to be delivered way before we needed them just so they were “on site”.
We had a couple friends help us with our windows and door delivery because we had so many (36 in total!) When the truck showed up they kinda missed the driveway and jack-knifed the trailer! Well after awhile they got it all straightened out and we proceeded to unload the windows and doors into the Sea-can.
Time to start digging! We had the hole dug in no time.
We had to make sure the ground was leveled properly as we were going to be building with a product called Polycore. This product is made of Styrofoam and steel…great for insulation value! I have attached a couple of pictures of this product from one of the home shows we were at. I will be posting some pictures of the install itself.
We then hired a couple of guys to help with the footings but a couple days later decided to do it ourselves. Yes we all helped with the footings and tying all the Reed-bar…
As we finished up the cribbing we then had Inland Concrete supply the concrete and Rebel Concrete Pumping pump all of our footings. Of course it had to rain in between so there was a big mess on the footings.
Meanwhile we had built a fire-pit area to burn scraps and keep warm at the same time. The boys had built themselves a sled for the dirt hill and my mother – in – law was planting some potatoes at the edge of our driveway 🙂
We had buried 3 cement tanks from Westcon Precast ; two for sewer and one for rain water. The tank for rain water was hooked up to the eave trough from the house so we could use it as a watering source outside.
While we were finishing up the cribbing our Panels from Polycore arrived!
We hadn’t moved to the trailer yet but were spending most of our time there. We had friends and family out for visits and enjoyed most of our meals out there.