Construction Notes

The dust had barely settled...

before we dug through the driveway again, this time to lay the water line. By late summer the ground was getting pretty hard for lack of rain but the excavator cut through it like child's play. A deep limestone well is the source of water for the winery. We were able to feed the seamless water line through a planned conduit in the foundation and by the end of the second day the dirt and gravel was all back in place.

 

Final decisions...

were crucial when planning underslab plumbing and electrical conduit. Trying to anticipate every need and future need caused some sleepless nights. Trenches were made in the pea gravel for thickened areas in the slab for supporting interior walls. Rolls of insulation and vapor barrier were all put in place before it would all be "set in stone."

 

         

Up close and personal...

the concrete truck delivers the last of 4 loads of concrete for our floor through the front door. Working from the back to the front, the first 3 loads were pumped inside and kept 11 people plenty busy.

 

Minimum requirements...

was the goal for this phase of construction. Actually we had planned to complete the first building permit with only a gravel floor. However, since tight space around the septic tanks delayed installation of the third arbor, by the time we were ready for a final inspection we decided instead to amend the permit for plumbing and pour the floor in this first phase. A short list of necessary fixtures were installed to create a starter nook for winemaking over the winter of 2010-2011.

 

   
         

 

 

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