Ordered Foam and Scheduled Shotcrete Lagging

Everyone enjoyed another blue-sky, California day. It was warm and beautiful (for a winter day).

After receiving approval from the City of Monte Sereno, we ordered the rigid insulating foam today and scheduled delivery for Monday (there is adequate space at the front of the project site). As well, we scheduled the shotcrete lagging for Wednesday. This lagging will go on the east and west walls, and on the first four feet of the north and south walls.

With the lagging in place, the 40 psi rigid foam insulation will be placed on the 3/4 inch crushed rock and around the perimeter walls. Then, the waterproofing will on on top of the rigid foam insulation, forming the outer hull of the ‘concrete boat’. With the waterproofing in place, we can pour the three inch working slab.

Yeah, lots to do in a couple weeks. It looks like 10-day weather forecast has rain on Thursday (with 10% chance on Tuesday and Wednesday).

View of south-east corner of site with excavation for plumbing.

View of south-east corner of site with excavation for plumbing.

With the drains in place and connected to the sump pit, we’re now collecting water. Yes, the cover to the sump pit is screwed down safely.

Water collecting from piples leading to the sump pit.

Water collecting from pipes leading to the sump pit.

We met with our designer, John Rider, to review the exterior plans for the south-east corner of the house, which is starting to look quite busy and complicated. John’s firm, Jrider + Design, is now located in Campbell on Hamilton Avenue so he is only a few minutes away now.

Jrider + Design.

Jrider + Design.

We were addressing the placement of the rainwater catchment system and how the various utilities enter the house from the street. With an underground cistern planned, the utilities cannot go straight into the house. Completing these details required calls to both our civil engineer, Casey Carlson, and our plumbing firm, Wenger Plumbing. As usual, John did his magic on the model (using ArchiCAD v12).

John doing magic with ArchiCAD v12.

John doing magic with ArchiCAD v12.

Back to the site to button it up. The site is looking safe and secure.

Site secured with holes covered.

Site secured with holes covered.

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