Finally Here!

We have already got the basement excavated and or footings poured.

We have already got the basement excavated and our footings poured.

After planning for this moment since 2009 we are finally here. We are so happy and it is a dream come true. We couldn’t ask for better weather and are enjoying staying in our camper. We got here Wednesday and we didn’t waste any time getting started on our home, the basement contractor arrived the next day and got the basement surveyed, excavated and the footings poured.

basement footings.

The walls are supposed to be poured tomorrow and once they are poured is when I start doing the waste lines that will run under our slab.

This pipe goes to daylight on the side of our hill and drain any water that gets around or under our basement.

This pipe goes to daylight on the side of our hill and drain any water that gets around or under our basement. No need for a sump pump on this house.

What I thought was a great idea was the forms that are used on the footings. They are perforated and hollow so they also act as drain tile.

Close up view of our forms.

Close up view of our forms.

The slotted slits in the forms allow water to enter and follow that over to the pipe that goes to day light to drain all water that gets around or under our foundation.

The basement contractor has also put under the footings a short 4″ white pvc pipe where our waste line hooks up that will go to the septic system. They also put in a 2″ pvc under the footing and this is where our water line will go through.

One of the first things we had to do was put in our mailbox that my wife picked out.

One of the first things we had to do was put in our mailbox that my wife picked out.

That’s it for now and will keep you all up to date on our progress.

 

 

 

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About Gordon Milligan

I am a conductor for a commuter railroad in Chicago IL, I have bought a 40 acre farm in South Central Iowa that I plan to retire to in 3 yrs. I want to raise and grow most of my own food using sustainible and organic methods. I have a blog that journals my journey to becoming a farmer.
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19 Responses to Finally Here!

  1. Congratulations…. enjoy your new home.

  2. Ken Macko says:

    Good Luck and Best Wishes for a happy future 😊😊😊

    Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2016 14:46:19 +0000
    To: kenmacko@msn.com

  3. rumphryes@wi.rr.com says:

    Nice, I just spent a week at our property in Mo. Still have to sell our house in Wisconsin.

  4. Scott says:

    Congratulations, looking forward to following your progress.

  5. Lisa says:

    Congratulations …….it must be such a great feeling to finally get started!!! Enjoy the process!! I’ll be watching for more posts.

  6. langela1 says:

    Don’t forget to call or email your new number. Glad you made it finally! Mom and I were at the greenhouse there in Lucas on Thursday. I thought of you guys and hoped you’d made it ok.

  7. How thrilling, Gordon! You all are finally starting! I’ll be so excited to hear about your progress!

  8. Congrats, Gordon! I look forward to hearing as you continue your adventure.

  9. jack says:

    Im excited for you two! I remember our first night at the farm. Keep info and pictures coming, thanks for letting everyone follow your journey. Interesting, educational and fun!

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