Idiot Builds a Home
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04 Nov 2019 10:55 PM


Baptismal by fire seems to be the standard by which we are truly tested. 

I think this will be a build thread.  I'm not a complete newb with power tools and I have a few dime words. 

I'll try to keep this light and to the point so as not to bore.


Experience:
 - Helped build two homes; one stick another SIP/Timber Frame (as in excavation to end for both)
 - Mechanically inclined - but not necessarily adept
 - Project/Product manager 10+ yrs
 - Stubbornly Determined, Head is Harder than Most Masonry Items

Goal:
 - Forever home, room for incoming kids, office, and future elderly family

Why:
 - ICF seems to give a unique opportunity to build your own home with reduced labor
 - Energy efficient
 - Concrete - all the goodies (larger windows, more design options, "storm proof")
 - Running the numbers, building it myself seems the only feasible solution from financial standpoint

Items Completed:
 - House Plans
 - Structural Engineering Approval
 - Initial Cost Estimate
 - Work Plan w/300+ task list and growing
 - Storage for materials
 - Site Power

In Progress:
 - Fixture Selection
 - Building Permit Application
 - Materials Order for Foundation and ICFs
 - Site Water
 - Mental Health Check

Upcoming
 - Building Foundation
 - Finding Concrete Crew: have two companies in talks



Current questions:

 - Do I need steel form stakes? Or will wood suffice?

 - What size wood/steel form stakes are needed for a 10" high foundation - figured 24".

 - Should the foundation be keyed? - I do have vertical rebar specced by the  Engineer at 16" oc

 - Should I have my head examined?

- Bracing.... for a 2 story home....



I'm afraid I've had some difficulty utilizing the search function on the website.  Please forgive me if some of these questions are rehashed from older posts.  I will be searching and reading as much as possible and will be trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong when utilizing the search feature.

And issues submitting posts as well, it seems.
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04 Nov 2019 10:57 PM
Front Elevation




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04 Nov 2019 11:45 PM
Wood or steel? Depends on soil. If you can drive a wood stake in, there you go. Length should be enough to hold the footing form in place. I would key the footing, it's a little insurance without much effort. Ideal house design for icf. Lastly, try and find or buy Zonts and Zuckles the're ideal for your situation. Use them as long as you need then box them up and put them on line. Sounds like your build will take some time. A little tip would be to get some mistake paint from the homarama and paint the 2xs that you are going to use. It will keep your 2xs from twisting. Don't forget the ends. They check first with moisture.
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09 Nov 2019 04:30 AM
Was looking for wood stakes to save on the expense but willing to pony up for steel if it meant getting the highest accuracy for the foundation.

I'll check out the paint.

I've seen a lot of people endorse the Zonts/Zuckles - I've been leaning that way, given my application.

Thank you,
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21 Nov 2019 08:44 PM
Perimeter dug.  Now scooping out the insides. 

Utilized a simple mason fence to estimate where I would like the front door to sit, estimating a few steps and calculated down how far to dig in order to achieve selected height.









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21 Nov 2019 08:50 PM
Items Completed:
 - Continued Work Plan Grown to 325 line items
 - Fixture Selection, Quotes
 - ICFs Ordered and Incoming
 - Material Order for Foundation

In Progress:
 - Switch and Outlet Placement
 - Building Permit Application
 - Pressure Test Site Water
 - Mental Health Check
 - Dig out and grade foundation

Upcoming
 - Building Foundation
 - Finding Concrete Crew: have two companies in talks
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02 Jan 2020 09:25 PM
Items Completed:
 - Continued Work Plan Grown to 350 line items
 - Fixture Selection - Purchasing Items
 - ICFs Received
 - Pressure Test Site Water - Minor Leak to be Fixed
 - Initial Excavation

In Progress:
 - Switch and Outlet Placement
 - Building Permit Application
 - Mental Health Check

Upcoming:
 - Order Materials for Footings
 - Compact and Gravel Foundation
 - Double check dimensions
 - Finding Concrete Crew: have two companies in talks

Items Learned:
 - Think about how much dirt you will be removing, find a place for it - now triple the space you think it will need.  I assumed doubling the space I would need might be enough but it wasn't.  Uncompacted dirt takes up way too much room.  If you are storing some of the earth on site, triple the amount of space you think it would require to 'house' it.
 - Plan for water drainage immediately.  I figured on digging out my drain lines after completing the foundation dig - nope.  Do your drainage and plan for it as you begin digging.  This could be a serious issue if you plan too late and have to dig somewhere that is now blocked by dirt, materials, etc.






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13 Nov 2020 02:44 AM
Been a while, afraid life makes things take much longer than anticipated (duh).  New baby, lost the best dog in the world, new job, and lots of rain delays.


Items Completed:
 - Foundation
 - First ICF Wall (Pre-Pour)
 - Bracing
 - Bucks

In Progress:
 - Secure Bucks
 - Penetrations
 - Master Partition
 - Garage Stem Wall Partition
 - Final Bracing

Upcoming:
 - 1st Pour
 - Sono Tubes
 - Curtain Drain
 - Crawl Space Grading

Items Learned:
 - Add trenches to your excavation/foundation areas
  - Never agree to someone else's timeline - especially a sub; unless you are already going to be waiting on them.  If you fail to make it, you burn a bridge.
 - Pouring, screeding, and plopping in vertical rebar for a foundation is not a one man job.
- Don't do this yourself. I'm an idiot and I would never recommend this to anyone - have a partner, a friend, a handyman; anyone to help you. As for me, I'm going to back to work - lots to do.



Here is a photo montage from June til Nov.

June


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13 Nov 2020 02:51 AM
Still June

After a few weeks of dry weather:

Compacted the whole area with a jumping jack after I trampled it with a skidsteer.



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13 Nov 2020 02:53 AM
Added Gravel threw in some wood, stakes and rebar.




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13 Nov 2020 02:54 AM
Add some movie magic and waaa la







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13 Nov 2020 02:59 AM
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13 Nov 2020 03:02 AM
Starts looking like the inside of a refrigerator, real fast.





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13 Nov 2020 03:04 AM
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13 Nov 2020 03:07 AM
Things are slowing down now from Sept till Nov the progress has slowed, no longer is it just throwing up blocks and bracing.

It's closing the common seams, figuring out where the joists and ledger boards will go, cut outs for windows, doors, etc.







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14 Nov 2020 11:37 PM
I would love to see your progress but I just see a minus symbol where you have linked files.
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18 Nov 2020 04:34 PM
Thank you for letting me know, are they showing now?
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18 Nov 2020 11:32 PM
I see them now.

It looks good. I hope you have a good pour to fill those up.
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19 Nov 2020 11:20 AM
Very cool....Nice....Thanks for sharing....
"Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience." George Carlins
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