Long time no post… After waiting for months to get permit approvals, we were anxious to get started.  Our builder moved pretty quickly getting the land ready for the foundation.


You can’t imagine how excited we were just to see a crane on the property.  Once they cleared out the property and started to dig, they hit some debris.  Turns out, there was an existing foundation on the property.  It was from the 1800’s and made mostly of large brownstones.


This was certainly a surprise, but unfortunately a costly surprise.  It turns out that it is really hard to dispose of mixed soil.  We had to find a place that would take the soil.  It ended up costing us about $400/truckload.  This was an unexpected cost.  Fortunately our builder was able to use some of the material for fill under the driveway.  A week later we had a big hole and the builder was ready to install the foundation.


The foundation was constructed by a company called Superior Walls.  They use precast concrete walls to create a pre-insulated basement to fit any architecture.  It is pretty amazing.  The entire foundation was set in just a few hours.



Tomorrow we are heading to the factory to see our house on the line.  The “drop” is scheduled for a couple of weeks from today.  Things seem to really be coming together!


About littletownbigcity

I'm an arts educator, working in NYC and living in NJ with my husband and turtle. Follow along as my husband Mike and I venture through buying and designing our first home in a small town in NJ, about 30 minutes outside of Manhattan.
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