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Elevated House Lowered onto Newly Built Foundation

Week 10 The much anticipated, but considerably less dramatic act of lowering the house back down onto the new foundation took place yesterday. Our lift company, Payne, was able to swing into town for two days to complete the job. When lowering the house they have to make certain that the house will sit atop the foundation, flush and square. Ideally they would be able … Continue reading Elevated House Lowered onto Newly Built Foundation

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House Elevation Project Runs Amok

WEEK NINE  A big disappointment  – that sums up week nine of our house elevation project. The lifting company, Payne, was ready to return to the site, but the construction crew did not have the site sufficiently prepped. As Payne is jamming with business, they did not have the luxury of time to sit around and wait. They moved on to their next job in … Continue reading House Elevation Project Runs Amok

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House Elevation: House Lifted from Foundation

WEEK 5 After spending more than a week preparing the house, it was ready for the big lift.  Ever so slowly, one wooden beam (about 6 inches) at a time, the house was lifted.  A wooden beam (also known as cribbing) was inserted at every pressure point, then lifted another 6 inches, etc., until the predetermined height was reached. Total time: about 5 hours for … Continue reading House Elevation: House Lifted from Foundation

House Elevation: First Steps for the House Lift

WEEK FOUR Lift process continues: holes were cut into the foundation to secure room for the steel beams. The project is still new and exciting, with high hopes that all will continue to run smoothly. Our boys found the construction process endlessly interesting and enjoyed seeing the development up close and personally.  Above you can see the front door and where the stairs have been jackhammered off the … Continue reading House Elevation: First Steps for the House Lift

Prepping for the Lift: Cutting Holes in the Foundation Walls

Today’s task predominately involved the lifting company carving holes in the foundation walls to prepare for the impending placement of the steel beams that will support the house during the lift. With precise measurement, the section of the foundation that must be removed is first measured, then marked, and finally opened up. Notice there are several holes running the length of each wall. The above … Continue reading Prepping for the Lift: Cutting Holes in the Foundation Walls