Focusing on the rebuilding of our home and our lives post fire.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Foundation and footings
The dramatic changes have subsided for now, but it looks a little different each day. They've dug the holes for the footings and will likely pour cement today or tomorrow. We had a surprise last week when the slab everyone thought was beneath the house was actually just dirt. To bring it up to code, we have to pour not only new footings, but also a slab of cement. It came to our attention that since they had to do this anyway, we could actually dig deeper and have a basement! For awhile we were enamored with the idea of the extra space, but when the builders came back with an estimate (and the added time it would take) it was a no-brainer to go with plan A, no basement. The site is also all cleaned up now-- the debris is largely gone, the masonry walls are cleaned up a bit and more leveled off. It's cool to start envisioning the new space. M. and I walked around last night-- so this is where the kitchen sink will be? and the hallway is here? He had me laughing as he "played house" miming out doing chores within the masonry walls, "see this is where I'll cook the dinner and here's where i'll change the laundry." It's also strange that the rooms will actually be four(?) feet above where we stand now. The big opening behind M. in the photo is actually the front door!
We are rebuilding our house after losing it in a massive fire on November 17, 2007. It's been a difficult ordeal-- losing so much, being displaced and then dealing with the major nightmare of our insurance company... but this blog is an effort to focus on the future and the path we're taking to get there. It's an effort to focus on the positive-- that we are rebuilding, rebuilding a house that we never otherwise could have found-- a house according to our tastes exactly. I've vowed not to bring up insurance or banking headaches or even the multitude of heartaches of the past year plus, but instead to focus solely on the exciting (and sometimes frivolous) adventures in building a house. More importantly, having lost so much of our 'history'in the fire.... this is the beginning of a new story, the story of our new HOME....