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Posted by Joseph in Berkeley, CA on 3/1/2008

We moved out of our house in September, 2007, one week before the twins were born. I didn't have my permit yet, even though plans were submitted to the county in July. Got the permits on Thanksgiving and I started tearing down the house.

We are living in a two-bedroom apartment at Lake Merrit. Jasper and Juliet in the small bedroom, Jackson and Jordan (the twins), Janie and I in the larger bedroom.

I had to start building in January, I couldn't wait, it had been too long to get to this point. One year designing, one year getting approval from the Municipal Advisory Committee, one year preparing working drawings and structural engineering, and six months with two plan checks to get a permit. 

I know I shouldn't have dug my basement in winter, as soon as they took away the diggers the rains came. The first two weeks of my project were spent hauling out buckets of mud that had caved into my basement. Every day we tried to recoup what had happened the night before.

Finally the sun came out. In two weeks we got the hole cleaned, control lines set, footing forms in, rebar, inspection, 26 yards of concrete, stripped the forms and stacked the ICF for the basement. We're getting ready to pour the walls on Thursday after we set all the ledger hangers and get an inspection.

The partial basement is about 20% of the building footprint. I expect the on grade footings to be much easier.

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Two feet of water (mine) in the hole.
Day one, setting batter boards.
Formed up and ready to go!
My, what big footers you have, Grandma!
26 yards and only the basement...
First day stacking walls.
End of the first day.
End of day two.



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