Excavation Has Begun

The first step for the new addition is to excavate for the basement.  The new basement will be the same depth as the existing basement in the current house, and we’ll eventually cut doorways from the old basement into the new basement.

But first we must excavate.   Joe used his Bobcat and rented a mini-excavator from the fabulous folks at O’Leary’s Equipment to dig the hole for the new basement, and to dig the foundation for the garage expansion.    Everyone seems mesmerized by these machines and I think they secretly want to take a crack at running them.

Click here to watch Joe work the Mini-Excavator

Click here to watch Joe on his big boy toy

New Stairs!

One of the weird “characteristics” of the original home, is that although it has an attached garage, there is no door leading from the house into the garage.  The door opens up just in front of the garage, so you have to go out into the elements if you are leaving the house and going into the garage … design flaw!

So, Joe had a doorway cut into the old garage wall, and worked with the fabulous folks at L&M Welding  to get a new staircase going from in the house to into the garage.   BINGO!!