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Back To South County April 13, 2009
As tempting as it is to start ripping things out, first things first. Per our CRMC permit, we are required to use hay bales along the perimeter of the construction site to protect the pond from any erosion that might occur during construction. The property is small which means that we will be using the front yard as our loading/unloading area. We want to protect the house as much as possible so we are also putting haybales up against the house. The plywood on the ground helps keep the lawn area from getting ruts and tire trucks and keeps the machines moving smoothly.
The first couple of days were spent excavating for the lower portion of the walls. The soil here is very sandy so this, coupled with the rain that we have had lately, is causing the slope to slip more than we would like to see. Unfortunately this means that more material needs to be moved out of the work area. Nonetheless, the boulders are now being set. They make up the bottom tier of terracing and create the vegetable garden area. A bit more excavation and we will be ready for the first phase of the wall footings.