Here at Copper Island Fine Homes, one of the ways we've always tried to distinguish ourselves from other homebuilders is by providing an accurate, honest and detailed quote. Our goal has always been to do our best to provide budgets that never have unpleasant surprises at the end of construction.
But one thing we can't always project is what building hardships will turn up once we start digging on a property. Sometimes we find fill material that has to be overexcavated and replaced with engineered aggregates in order to provide a solid foundation. Occasionally we find ground water that needs to be remedied. And other times we find rock.
That was recently the case at one of our projects in Celista, where we're renovating an existing home and building a significant addition to it at the same time. Part of the building process required that we trench in new services for hydro. And when we turned the dirt to accomplish this, our electrical subcontractor, Spooner Electric, discovered an outcropping of rock.
Fortunately, Spooner Electric had the right equipment for the job. As you can see in the photos below, the company brought in their larger excavator and rock hammer. In the space of a few hours, they took care of the outcropping, and were able to proceed with the trenching. It could have been worse -- blasting might have been our only option if the rock had proven to be too tough for the rock hammer. But in the end, blasting was unnecessary on this job, and what could have been a far more costlier fix ended up only requiring a few extra hours of machine time.
Naturally, our preference would have been not having to deal with this. But we've also been building here in the Shuswap, with its often challenging and rocky conditions, long enough to realize that sometimes you have to expect the unexpected. Our thanks to Spooner Electric and Spooner Industrial for being able to deal with this little surprise in such an efficient and cost-effective manner.