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Arched Cabin Build – Day 1

We’ll write a full post at the end regarding our experience with the Arched Cabin crew and company.  The next several posts will be daily photo updates on the build process with some commentary here and there.

The crew arrived late Tuesday night, arrived at the property around 9am and immediately started unloading and digging holes for the piers.

The crew got into town late Tuesday night, arrived at the property Wednesday morning around 9am and immediately started unloading and digging holes for the piers.

The arches on the left are the ribs of the house.  The crew is in the process of digging 12 holes for the pier and beam foundation.

The arches on the left are the ribs of the house. The crew is in the process of digging 12 holes for the pier and beam foundation.

The past week had some miserable hot/humid weather.  During every walk, the dogs ran from shade tree to shade tree.  The crew doesn't have to deal with the heat this week, but unfortunately, the monsoons are still making a daily appearance or two.

The past week had some miserable hot/humid weather. During every walk, the dogs ran from shade tree to shade tree. The crew doesn’t have to deal with the heat this week, but unfortunately, the monsoons are still making a daily appearance or two.

 

At the end of the day, we closed the shack and went to the property to check things out.  From what we understand, Day 1 is the most straightforward - pour the foundation piers and let them cure.  (Check out the storm clouds!)

At the end of the day, we closed the shack and went to the property to check things out. From what we understand, Day 1 is the most straightforward – pour the foundation piers and let them cure. (Check out the storm clouds!)  PS.  I’m not doing ‘hand on hips’ because of any sort of aggravation;  I find my hips to be a convenient place to rest my arms.

We were excited to discover the foundation will be made up of 12 piers and not just 4 corners.  Part of having the crew do the work is trusting that they know best.  We did not have an extensive back-and-forth with the company prior to committing to the project, which is why the pier number was surprising.  We analyzed the product, asked some spec questions, did research and then decided to move forward…knowing that the crew and company would understand the best approach for constructing their product.

Speaking of the crew – early Wednesday morning, Brian and I were trying to strategize how to get things done before the crew got to the property.  We needed to remove our rudimentary fence, get the building permit from the house, get coffee and snacks ready at the shack, and then meet them after they ate breakfast to show them where the house was going to go.

We had spent some time at the property the night before, re-stringing the house outline but we figured we should have a conversation before the crew got to work.  Well, as it turns out, the crew figured it all out!  When Brian arrived at the scene, they had removed our fence, unloaded, squared up the corners of our string house and were preparing to dig holes.  They didn’t need to be told the 20×24 outline was the spot for the house and they didn’t assume our corners were accurate.

We are excited to be working with professionals.  I can’t wait to see what Day 2 brings!

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