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Building Sites

by Tyler

So, I've been meaning to write an exhaustive journal outlining all the pros and cons of various foundation styles, why we've chosen to build frost-protected slabs for both our workshop and cottage, what they are, how they work, why we chose EPS foam to insulate them, and so on and so forth. Instead, because I am totally overwhelmed by all the things we're learning and doing right now, I'm just going to post some pictures.

The Cottage

Our cottage will be perched on a hunk of bedrock which juts out of our land on the west side of a centrally located clearing that was here when we arrived. Until recently, this rocky hill was covered in vines, invasive honeysuckle, and the occasional sapling. Two weeks ago, Tara and I spent an entire day hacking out an opening so we could choose the exact placement for the site.

Chainsaw & Helmet Tara Clearing Home Site Tyler Clearing Home Site

Then, Rick arrived with his excavator and made short work of grading the area we'd marked off with stakes.

Rick & Tara Clearing Home Site Cottage Site Grading View from Cottage Site Cottage Site Grading Tara Raking Cottage Foundation Site

The Workshop

Our workshop will be located about halfway up our driveway, nestled in the trees on the left as you come in. The site is a small, gently sloping clearing where we split wood this winter—it's a short walk from our home site, and we decided it would be a perfect place for a building.

Tyler Clearing Workshop Site Tyler Clearing Workshop Site Workshop Site Grading Workshop Site Grading Tyler Using Transit to Level Workshop Site Tyler & Rick Using Transit To Level Workshop Site

Because the site isn't flat, preparing it for a foundation has involved lot more earth-moving.

Tara Running a Skid Steer Tara Having "This Much" Fun Tara Running a Skid Steer

Hopefully in the next few weeks we'll have both slabs poured!