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First floor deck

 Installed continuous 38’ LVL beam.

 I-joists being installed over structural LVL beam.

Engineered 11 7/8” I-joists installed on first floor, 16” on center.

Outside stair box insulated with foam.

Installing two rows of 6 x 6 posts for two 8 x 8 tamarack beams for future deck. Deck will be self supporting and completely detached from house with 1 ½” airspace from final siding. There will be need for attachment or flashing and potential water infiltration is mitigated.

Piles of lumber protected with plastic coverings every night.

Starting layout of first wall structure. Note ¾” Advantech subfloor already installed.

Splayed 30 degree window opening in 2 x 6 first wall layer.

Note 2 x 8s cut on 30 degree angles for splayed window openings and insulated window headers for upstairs and mudroom windows. Note no headers installed on first floor for windows, all structural header loads will be LVL’s in outside box structure.

First wall layer built with sheathing overhanging. Note floor box is inset ½” around perimeter. Wall sheathing will be flush with ICF foam foundation.


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Cellar Floor

Placing 6” of crushed stone for drainage underneath concrete floor. Note plastic under piers lapping on top of stone for vapor barrier.

Finishing the final leveling of stone with laser.

Entire waste pile to date, mostly to be reused and recycled.

Installing two layers of EPS foam under basement floor.

Note layer of black 6 mil poly installed between double 2” layer of EPS foam, complete vapor barrier to over pier and footing.

 Finished basement floor insulation ready for concrete.

 Finished basement floor insulation ready for concrete.


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Pouring the foundation.

First cement truck loading into pumper truck.

Tom and Ed Moore ready to move the pumping hose into action.

Pumper ready and in place at first corner to be filled.

Filling the forms and rough plumbing the walls.

Filling concrete around a window opening. Notice the bracing and blocking.

Soprema Peel & Stick waterproof membrane being added to outside layer of foam. Notice the foam step to bridge thermal gap later.

Additional layer of 2” EPS insulation added, glued and nailed to ICF foundation forms at the plastic ribs.

Footing stone in ditch with interior drain pipe coming through footing.

Footing drains being installed around foundation.

Protective fabric being installed on top of foundation stone and being lightly covered before back fill.  Note upright pipes for footing cleanouts.

Backfilling the foundation.


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Insulated Concrete Forms.

Removing the footing forms.

Footing pier boxes and footing spreaders made from recycled shipping containers, will be reused again.

ICF delivery.

Setting the foundation forms, corners first.

Ripping the nubs off the first course of Amvic ICF foundation forms.

Ed Moore describing how the rebar gets installed in the ICF.

First two pieces of foundation staging in place.

First cellar window buck installed in ICF. First staging planks installed.  Note spliced joints with cleats where walls join in the center.


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Starting the cellar hole and foundation.

Foundation cellar hole started, showing erosion silt fence in background.

Fast Foot plastic footing forms installed and footing piers lined with Fast Foot material. All footings and piers constructed on layer of crushed stone. (Rainy day)

Shoveling stone against bottom of Fast Foot form.

Starting to pour the footings in Fast Foot. Note Fly Ash in concrete.

Starting the screeding leveling process.

Footings supervisor!