Winter has socked us a good one this year — nowhere near as dramatic as what’s been happening in Boston and points west, but still it’s been weeks since I could plan my walking routes without thinking about how high the drifts are and how crunchy the snow. And forget about biking. More about winter later . . .
There’s been no action on the construction site in my neighborhood since early January. No surprise there: it wasn’t even plowed out till a few days ago. What was the point? There hasn’t been much action in this blog either: almost a month ago, in “New House: Lot Clearing,” I promised we’d get to the foundation soon. “Soon” takes on a new meaning in the aftermath of blizzards and deadlines. Better late than never, right? These photos are from October and November. We haven’t seen grass, green or otherwise, in quite a long time.
Here’s what it looked like on October 2:
Travvy checks it out. What was that opening for?
A scant four days later it became clear that much had happened when I wasn’t looking.
Two and a half weeks later it looked like this:
Was the basement going to have windows? I wondered. I finally figured out that the gap Trav was gazing down in one of the photos above was going to be a stairway allowing access to the basement from outside the house.
Trav checks out the paint job, which I think is actually a sealant to help keep the basement dry.
But what the hell were those holes for? My best guess is that they’re for passing wires or cables from the outside in. So far there are no wires or cables in sight.
The angles and shadows of the foundation were beautiful. That’s where the stairs are going to be.
I thought I had a photo of the front-end loader filling in the trench around the foundation, but I don’t. Probably I was too entranced by the operator’s precision, and too far away for a good shot.
Next step: framing.