Blocks, no bricks, and concrete progress…

To recap: we are currently building the foundation walls for our storage and dog wash facility.

We have cast concrete for the foundation wall nearest the road, and below you can see us tying the block wall into the concrete wall after which we…

…put in another course of blocks.

When we had finished that wall, we turned the corner and carried on building the long foundation wall…

…until we encountered the underlying rock. All over the place in this run of foundations, we have incorporated bedrock, and below you can see how we have built the walls up to the rock…

…and then cut blocks to fit the profile of the rock…

…after which we constructed shuttering and then flowed concrete over the rock to block level and then left it to set.

The walls are now beginning to almost reach the surrounding soil level so whilst the concrete from earlier was setting…

…we started work on the last corner needing attention. Here we have laid the concrete blocks on their side as that was the appropriate height to match the rest of this course of blocks before…

…casting concrete at the furthest end where the height of the bedrock was rising…

…after which we put in a further course of blocks before progressing to the final section of the foundation wall…

…which by now was a long way down!! When we first dug these trenches they seemed to me to be excessively wide for the width of wall to be built, but now I found out exactly why they needed to be so wide…..because getting into the trench to try to build the wall was really tricky, and very hard on the ankles. Once we had finished putting in three courses of blocks in double walls in this deepest part, I needed a couple of days of ironing work to get over the strain I had put on my feet during this building work!

We will be on hospitality duties for the weekend, but next week will return, we hope, to finish these foundations and move on to building that part of the wall which people will actually see when the building is finished!

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