Before something nice can be made, you have to clear away what was.
Finishing the demo.
Breaking up the old foundation.
Mud. This was hard to deal with because it just looks bad. Made my wife sad.
For all you construction newbies contemplating your first major project like this, I want to point out planning with the contractor started in late July, clean out took a month, another two weeks from total demo to pouring foundation and then almost another two weeks till construction itself begins. There is a lot of stress in all this and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel is hard. Throw in family life with kids, the start of the school year, holidays…not for the faint of heart. We had a good company for the project but even so you have to be on top of things at all times, in contact with the contractors and sub contractors and willing to push back and step in when stupid stuff happens. Don’t be a crazy person because builders hate this but stand up for yourself. It’s your money and your dream. Help the builders to be part of that dream and try to have fun. That was how I survived with my sanity intact.
And finnaly, we have a foundation.
Let the construction begin! Two guys, three days, and an endless stream of hard boiled eggs and mountain dew and cigarettes. No fancy set up…just a variety of small power tools, an air compressor for the nail gun and a circular saw. They built it old school in a way that made the village inspectors envious. Heavy duty all the way, extra cross ties spaced at my discretion for more support under the storage loft and, etc. Local codes also require 5 inches of concrete instead of 4.
So by the end of October we have a new garage. But a garage is not a workshop. From here on out, it’s my job to make my dream into reality. I’ll talk about that next time.