We’re finally underway at an extensive tear-down/rebuild project on a stunning Eagle Bay waterfront lot.
Ideally, we would have loved to have been well underway with this project at this point early in the fall, but Ministry of Environment approval delays forced us to slow down. However, earlier this week, we finally poured the footings for what will be an exquisite new home, and we’ll be pressing hard to get foundation walls poured next week. It’s always a balancing act trying to get back on schedule with winter approaching, pushing forward but taking great care to not compromise quality. As always, we’re confident we can achieve this balance.
Our work to date in order to reach the footings milestone has been somewhat extraordinary. Drain rock and filter cloth was prescribed by our geotechnical engineers due to the discovery of underground water. The approximately 12 to 18 inches of drain rock extends well past the footings to ensure no hydrological pressure under the finished slab. We also pre-drilled the underground water line in advance of footings, with the service coming up inside furnace room in the exact location required.
We’re pleased as always to note that our footing inspection by CSRD officials passed with flying colours.
Note the black silt fencing on the lakeside of the foundation as prescribed by our riparian biologist to ensure lake protection from silt and sediment run off. We’ve also prepped the site with poly sheeting on the east side of the foundation to protect the neighbours’ bank from rain and sluffing.
While we’re getting to work on foundation and framing of the actual structure, we’ll also be continuing outside with the design for extensive Allan Block retaining walls on the lake side to replace existing concrete walls that are in poor shape. Septic field design continues as well, as the field and tank location have been extremely challenging to determine due to lot slope and proximity to lake.
Our homeowners, who have vacationed for decades here but are are relocating from Calgary full-time, are well into their design phase and selections of appliances, cabinets, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, decking, windows, exterior doors, siding, and roofing. We’re working together to do everything we can to have selections made well in advance and orders placed because of anticipated manufacturing delays due to COVID-19.
Watch for more updates on what promises to be one of our most outstanding (and challenging) projects.