Progress on the Quonset House: This week they came out and poured our concrete foundations for the house. “They” in this case is an outfit out of Phoenix called ICF Specialists. It’s a family business run by two brothers, Rod & Gary Fetters. They’re pretty well known in the ICF world and I met them last January at the World of Concrete exhibition in Las Vegas. They and their crew are very professional and great to work with. First, they put all the reinforcing in, following the structural engineer’s drawings.

Then they poured the concrete! It was a pretty amazing operation. They used a huge pump truck with a boom, because we have trees around the house that made it too difficult for them to back the concrete trucks up all around the perimeter.

When they were done it was so exciting to walk around “inside the house”! The boards in the photo below were some temporary 2x8’s that they set up to control the precise height of the top of the concrete. They create 8″ steps, and the crew will cut the ICF blocks to fit to them, allowing the blocks to negotiate the slope. The total difference in grade (height of the ground) from the east to west end of the house is about 40″, and the ICF blocks are 16″ tall. This made it easy & convenient to use 8″ steps in the footing.

Cheers to the ICF Specialist crew! The Quonset House is off to a great start and we can’t wait for them to get underway with the ICF walls next!

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