First work on Building Lot

The building lot is actually made up of what were formerly as many as 3 building sites. There are the remnants of foundations, and shallow wells, as well as some indeterminate masonary structures scattered around the area. Where the my house will be positioned seems relatively free of the earlier structural material. My first work on the site involved what I thought was complete removal of the old foundation of a small house in the Northwest corner, near my big shade trees, where I intended to place a shed, and to locate my RV trailer when construction began. The picture below is the intact foundation.

I set about working on the old concrete, with a lot of brick and some metal filler, with a sledge hammer and crowbar. I pried up and broke up the pieces into chunks I could carry to the debris pile near one of the big trees. Below is the picture of partial removal of foundation bits.

This is the pile of concrete extracted, and piled on top of another derelict piece of reinforced footing. I thought I had it all, but subsequently I have found more embedded just below the surface, so more work to be done.


2 Responses to “First work on Building Lot”

  1. James Miller Says:

    I am considering building this type of house (dry stack) in Eastern Washington (USA). It is in a temperate dry zone with temperatures from -10F to 110F. How do yo plan to insulate the walls of your home? Spray foam on the outside or use rigid foam, or none at all. I am trying to think of the best method to keep the heat in or out as needed? Thank you.

    • tedspassivesolarhouse Says:

      I am planning to insulate on the outside of the walls. At the moment the plan is to use sprayed polyurethane closed cell foam. Since I have not yet made a final decision about the external fascia that will go over it, I might resort to rigid foam board if that seems best in relation to the outer layer. Spray foam gives maximum seal for air penetration and vapor seal without careful taping. I am vacillating between Hardie Board, cement board siding and NovaBrick ceramic brick siding. Both are amenable to DIY installation. With the passive solar primary design of my house, outside insulation is best, since it allow utilization of the thermal mass of the block walls to store heat and modulate air temperatures inside both summer and winter. I have installed earthtubes under the slab to condition air inputs, and will have a solar chimney for summer ventilation.

      Good luck on your project!


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