Preparing for the Foundation Wall

Once the excavation was complete, Maine requires a footer be at least 4’ below grade to protect against frost/freezing during the winter. This depth varies around the country. For instance, our safe home in North Carolina only required an 18” depth. And in Texas, we are told they merely scrap the top layer to remove the organics. Special attention was …

Structural Fill

Having placed the foundation in the gully, excavating began. We were presented with another challenge. The earth below the 2’ foot organic layer was particularly rocky. Rocks were multiple sizes, a few of them very large! Though easily excavated, the resultant fill was not suitable for structural fill around the future foundation, either inside or outside the wall. It was …

Building Plot

What you Find when you Clear the Trees – Topographic lines on a plan may say it all, but there is nothing like physically removing the trees (called clearing) and seeing what you are presented with for your build site. Once the trees were cleared, the placement of the foundation for Patient Chickadee took on new challenges. The site designated on the plans was relatively flat as indicated by the topographic lines, but it was closer to the eastern boundary than originally laid out. To move the location to the west 50’ or so, put the foundation in a slopping gully.