Last week, they delivered our basement. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? I watched periodically over about a 8-hour period as big trucks pulled in carrying huge cement walls with steel studs and insulation built into them, formed to the exact specifications of our future house. It was really amazing how quickly they slid each piece into place — tab A into slot B — and glued the seams together. They were very careful about getting things exactly in line and square, and if it was off by a little they’d hook up the crane to lift a piece and have the men nudge it into the proper alignment.
It was not as simple as a set of flat rectangles. There was a hole for an egress window with a window well with a ladder built in. There were little ledges for attaching the screen porch and big concrete supports for the breezeway and the foundation for the garage. Pieces were in lots of different shapes and sizes, but bit by bit they fit them all together. If you’ve ever built a gingerbread house, you will appreciate the mechanics of making a closed box fit together properly but this was way more complicated.
When it was all done and the trash and scraps had been cleared away, there was the neat outline of the house. The rooms looked so much smaller than I’d expected. There is a little rectangle of space where my resistance pool will fit behind the garage. It looks barely big enough for the pool itself, much less room to walk around it. The house is supposed to be small, but the “footprint” looks smaller than I had imagined. Perhaps once the walls inside are enclosed it will be different.
Here is how it looks now.
This week, they’ll finish adding any plumbing stuff to the floor and then they’ll pour a cement floor. I think the next thing after that is filling in around the outside of the walls and building the first floor. I mean literally the floor. I wonder when they put in the stairs to the basement? Fortunately, I don’t have to plan the steps. We have a general contractor working with Joe and between them they are attending to all the details. I just get to watch and hope that it will get built quickly.
We expect to have sold our condo by the end of September and we’ll be living in some sort of temporary housing in the mean time. That is still to be determined, but we’re working on options. I kind of like this seat-of-the-pants way of living. I have learned a lot in the last decade about trusting that things will work out in good time. No need to worry and fret over it, just do the work that needs to be done and things will fall into place. Just like our nice new basement walls!