Clifton St. | footings

MRB Contracting, halifax, foundations, formadrain

31 Oct 2013 Clifton St. | footings

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Work has begun in earnest on the Clifton St. house. Since our last update the two old homes were demolished. The lot was excavated, service lines were installed, and space was made to build the foundation.

MRB Contracting, north end halifax, modern architecture

Below is what the lot looked like after demolition and excavation. The black hose in the bottom of the photo is from a water pump. It’s not uncommon for some groundwater to filter to the surface when land is excavated like this. It was a muddy mess.

MRB Contracting, halifax, foundations, formadrain

Generally the concrete forms for pouring footings are built with wood. For this project however we are using a hollow PVC Lego like form that’s a “3-in-1 foundation solution that forms footings, provides an integrated drainage system, and can be easily adapted to vent radon.” The hollow core in the forms allows water to drain away from the foundation rather than pool or seep into the basement.

MRB Contracting, halifax, foundations, formadrain

MRB Contracting, halifax, foundations, formadrain

MRB Contracting, halifax, foundations, formadrain

It’s tough to make  sense out of what’s happening in the photos. In the next post we”ll have photos of the completed footings and the footprint of the house will be clear.

MRB Contracting, halifax, foundations, formadrain

Lot’s more to come on this project. Stay tuned.

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