First - This is not my house, rather one being built for a neighbor. Scout and I are more or less a pair of wanderers in the woods, and nearby properties around our home.
Just before Christmas I heard some heavy equipment moving about, so Scout and I went to investigate and found that the long (more than 35 years) vacant 3+ acre lot at the end of the road I live on is finally going to get a house built on it. Scout and I strolled over and talked to the general building contractor who told us it would be a large home, but go up pretty quickly as he was using modules from Excel Homes. We looked over the staked site plan and some of the equipment.
The builder was anxious to get moving before the winter weather hits, and had scheduled to have a monster Oak from the middle of the lot removed the next day. He wasn't kidding, by the time Scout and I got there, the tree was down, the trunk and main limbs bucked, and all the branches chipped. Scout feels a need to jump up on any log to take it's measure:
That was a pretty good jump. I stood next to the bottom slice and it measured about 5' diameter (not DBH where it was closer to 4'):
Then Weather got wet so they didn't get back to start the excavation till the New Year, and of course Scout and I were there to inspect/watch a while:
For the last 35 years (that's how long I've been in the area) a perfectly good access point has served no-one but an occassional lawn mowing crew. But, the Township required them to move the entrance around the corner and a couple hundred feet from the intersection. No problem for the excavators. They finished digging the basement foot print, had the stone delivered, brought in mini skid steer and walk behind steer to spread the basement floor and tamp it:
Next day they brought in a crane and the first load of pre-cast Superior basement wall panels. These panels are manufactured locally and are essentially a sandwich panel of insulation and cement with metal reinforcement studs:
A little crane swing action just because I took the video for no other reason than to share:
They got about half finished yesterday, came back this morning with the remnants of an overnight sleet and freezing rain event and got finished setting the basement walls, got the trucks off site, stowed the crane and rolled it back to whatever rental point. Onsite just two days, maybe could have done it in one long midsummer 14 hours of daylight day but not this time of year:
As the local "Watch Committee" Scout and I will continue to track progress and post pictures here. Hope someone is interested.