A new project starts

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The start of a new project in Vermont.

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First thing is to strip the topsoil.

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The foundation hole gets dug

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There has been a slight complication as we had to dig some additional trenches to put in 4′ frost walls. The reason for that is that certain walls will be almost totally exposed so there needs to be something holding them up that is below where the frost could go. Frost can do incredible damage by lifting and lowering walls in winter and spring so certain precautions have to be taken. In the winter it will frezze up hard and then in the spring relax as it thaws. Thus movement is not something that you want in a home. Most foundations have many feet of fill covering their sides but in homes where one section will include a section for a walk out basement, that wall is not covered. As you can see from this other photo this part of the home will be susceptible to frost unless the wall is supported with a below grade cement wall that extends below where the frost would go.

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Now when those were dug they started filling with water so we had to dig another trench to remove the water and we added stone to the base and compacted it.

Next we should have a foundation.

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About Todd Vendituoli

Todd Vendituoli has been a builder for almost 30 years with companies in Vermont and the Bahamas and HomeCentrl is an extension of those years of building experience highlighting everything about your home. I am presently working within the field of social media and using my years of construction and design knowledge to help others understand and use social media to enhance their businesses in a multitude of different ways. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and a variety of other social networks.
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2 Responses to A new project starts

  1. Shane Conant says:

    Noticed that there is no box sill? New method or old one I don’t know about? I’m learning lately that it’s easy to become outdated!

  2. Hi Shane that was just a photo that I used and in the actual house we’re doing there surely is a rim joist ( box sill).
    Here’s the latest- http://www.thebuildingblox.com/2012/06/new-home-progress-in-week.html

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