The Layers to Prep the Ground Floor

  The preparations for the ground¬†level flooring is being laid now: (1) the vapor barrier (plastic like sheeting) has been laid followed by (2) insulation material. Next layers are the reinforced bars and then the concrete gets poured – these will happen tomorrow.

A View from Google Earth

An app that is indispensable to our work: Google Earth. Check out this birds eye view shot of the Francis House. Somewhat cartoonish but very real. It reminds me of my yesteryears building architectural models.  

Lean on Me

Two weeks ago the bond beams have been filled with concrete. This week we begin building the interior steel “cage” which is an added interior support for the existing exterior stone walls. What this means ? The exterior stone walls have been stabilized and the interior steel cage is an added “brace” so they are…

Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle. Bakers do that to a pan to ensure the batter is evenly distributed. It also “compacts” the mixture by ridding the batter of “air pockets.” Watch the men do the wiggling and shoving so the concrete fills every nook and cranny of the bond beams.