The footings have been secured for my garden house, and I could not be more elated!
We’re cooking with gas, folks! RTB stopped by to hang with us for the day, and secure the concrete footings for the garden house. And, although one would think – and I market myself a research queen – that this project would take, maybe, a half day tops, would actually take a full day.
A long day.
Like a lunch, snack and dinner type of day with a few 15-minute breaks stuffed in.
But all eight footings are secured, ready to accept the beams to support my garden house.
As I mentioned last week, there was an insane amount of rock to dig through, and the footings needed to be around 35 – 42 inches deep. This is standard here in the northeast. We rented a jack hammer and reached 42 inches deep with each hole, then were able to insert the cardboard tubes, and then pour the concrete for the footings.
All this technical-building-who-ha kinda goes over my head. I say this because all I want is to have a fully built garden house; a herringbone brick floor installed, a potting bench, a working sink and a lovely sitting area so I can sit and chill, is all I want.
What do they say about dandelions? Give ’em an inch, and they’ll take a mile?
This is me. I’ll take a mile and then some.
So, thankfully for RTB, he came in and made sure every single footing was measured to a level pour of concrete. That right there took a boat-load of time. The dude is wicked chill, but when it comes to details, he’s wicked anal.
I don’t know how else to put it.
And, this is exactly what you want in a builder. Someone who can counteract your hyper-micro-manager style, subtly blow you off, garnering your respect without asking, and just getting it done, in his own way, is what you want. An important thing to remember here is that your time is also someone else’s time. This is hard for me to muster, but I’m slowly starting to get with that program.
This is how A-personalities and B-personalities work together. And, turning a blind’s eye to some things. Well, some things within reason.
This goes without saying.
All the while, once again, we’re thankful for our neighbor that has all the toys and then some. He came over with Big Blue and moved all of the garden house material up to the build site, and only cost us a couple dozen eggs. Thank you, ladies.
Sean’s pull cart and golf clubs are still hidden. This week, he’s pulling the concrete mixer and not the jack hammer up to the site. We still have a ways to go before the clubs make another appearance. I’m fine with that.
Until RTB can get back here, we’re going to start leveling the rest of the ground for the floor, and laying out all of the windows so we can properly frame out the walls. By laying out the windows and adjusting the design and layout, this will ensure that the garden house is built to spec.
A lonnnngggggggg time coming, we’re underway. A slow but steady pace. Progress is progress, and for that, heck yeah!!
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