Here you see the view of the forms from the street. We’ve already had out share of passers-by asking, "What is that?" Fifteen minutes later, they’re up to speed on the world of Monolithic Domes and back on their way.
After the forms were set, Paul’s Plumbing came back to lay the tubing for the radiant floor heating system. This will be a wonderful luxury during the cold Dakota winters.
Here’s the view from the back. Close observers will note the extra heating zone extending into the driveway. This is being put into place on both ends of the house for use in melting snow in the winter. No snow shoveling here!
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The area being insutaled extends a least 4 foot past the structure on all sides. This is to ensure we have enought thermal break for the Frost Protected Shallow Foundation .
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They'll be replacing and packing the gravel fill, then laying down the foam board in the next couple of days. Then it's on to forming the foundation.
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When this was done, they laid down a thick layer of gravel to protect the footing from frost heave. From here they will stake out the foundation and Paul's Plumbing will begin bringing in the sewer and water.
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Speaking of the site, here's what the lot looks like from the street...
It's pretty cool what you can pick up on a county land auction if you just play your cards right. Here's an image from the back side. You'll notice a dirt pile on the south side, as the neighbor has a major renovation in the works. It will be fun to see who finishes up first.
As you can tell, the lot is quite long and narrow -- 44' x 150' to be precise. This is why we designed the house the way we did. The house should fit in quite nicely.
We'll try to keep this log updated as much as possible throughout the construction process. If you have any questions, just use the 'Contact Me' link above. Enjoy!
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