Basement Foundation Forms In Place

Well, even though there’s been a decent amount of rain, things are looking up and nothing seems to be holding up the builder at this point and now the foundation forms are in place. And, I’m happy to say it made me reassured to see them because before that I thought our home was almost too large for our lot.

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When the foundation was dug, my husband and I got worried that we weren’t going to have any sort of yard at all. I was stunned when I first saw the huge hole and saw how little land was left over. Our house plan can definitely be described as narrow and deep. Deep lot house plans typically have a narrow look to their front façade and then they offer plenty of square footage with their depth. It seemed our lot was plenty big, before the dig, but afterwards we weren’t so sure!

Now, with the forms for pouring the concrete in place, I can easily see the outline of the home and we’ve gained some space back in our yard. We still have a smaller yard, but we’re OK with that. I enjoying gardening, planting flowers, and spending time outdoors in an outdoor living space, but we don’t want a ton of maintenance.

Would you rather have a small yard, or a big yard? I once dreamt of a huge backyard, but all we want now is a yard large enough for the dogs to run around a bit and an area for us to dine outdoors, entertain, and grill. We wanted a flat lot, but we’re beginning to see that we may have more of a sloped backyard and we’re trying to figure out how to have a patio that will work and not be too expensive. I’ve never had a fenced yard, but our dogs are definitely going to be better off contained and it would make our lives much easier. After all, we’ve been living in one of those duplex plans and we couldn’t fence our yard, so several walks a day was the only way our dogs could get outside and get some fresh air. The builder has assured us he will do everything in his power to get us a lot that is graded as smooth as possible; so putting in an attractive patio will be easier.

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We opted to add the patio ourselves as well as the deck if that would work better than a patio. The builder was pleased we didn’t want him to add that onto our home and make it his responsibility. Of course, if our lot is too sloped we could always use one of many deck plans out on the market like low patio deck plans and construct it ourselves. But, something tells me we’re already going to have enough to think about once we move in and, if we can hire a company to get a patio in, or one of those multi-level deck plans it would be much easier!

2 thoughts on “Basement Foundation Forms In Place

  • December 14, 2015 at 5:06 pm
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    hey Noah,Thanks for the feedback, much apaeeciptrd. The stucco is white / santa barbara finish. It’s nice, but will show hairline cracks.. just the nature of the material. The interior walls are painted with Benjamin Moore spec white with an added 10-parts white (it’s white!). The windows and doors are from western aluminum. the back door is wood (called a single lite or storefront). We used woca wood lye in white with straight-up bona naturale not aware of any comp variations. I’d recommend doing several tests with a variety of stains and finishes to achieve the look you’re after. good luck with your project!

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  • December 21, 2017 at 8:24 pm
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    My husband and I are looking into having a home custom built for us. I like how you mentioned that the yard started to look larger once the foundation was poured. I can see why looking at the large hole in the ground might make the yard appear smaller. I understand that the foundation is one of the most important aspects of building your house. If we do decide to build, we’ll want to make sure we use good quality foundation forms.

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