Time for an update. Crews will be showing up starting tomorrow! This will bring us up to date on the pole barn pad and some pre-work we have been doing with skid steers, chainsaws, stump grinders, and trailers.
Just one more week.
It has been WAY too long since I posted a shop update, but that isn’t for a lack of trying to make progress.
My first dirt contractor went MIA on me and totally stopped replying. Out of frustration I made a post on Facebook and had a guy reach out to me that he was interested. He was actually just a homeowner with his own skid steer but ended up doing a better job than the ‘professional’. I was really impressed and will try to get him again when it comes time to finish grade outside the building.
I also turned in my plans to the city for permits. This is the part I was most nervous about for some reason. It turned out to be not that big of a deal. We did end up discussing a couple of different things but I didn’t have to change a single thing. The builder did a good job of making sure they checked all of the boxes since they had done work in my city before. After a month they finally got approved on Sept 11th.
Lumber shortages? Thanks 2020
After I had the pad done and permits, it was on to bugging the building contractor. Thanks to 2020 there is now a lumber shortage and price spike. Luckily I signed contracts before the price hike but un-luckily that didn’t change the fact that there was a lumber shortage. So I went from hoping to have it started by my birthday (end of Sept), to maybe November, then to just hoping that it will get started this year.
Enough with the text, pictures are more fun anyways.
Finishing the dirt work
We left off Part 2 with about 10 yards that I was struggling to find a contractor to spread out.
Final smoothing the dirt
It is always a good idea to give your pad as long as possible to settle prior to building the building on it. The rain over the last couple of months has since flattened out the dirt and got it packed down really hard.
Quick 6 min video of all the prep work up to this point
Planning shop layout
These driveway markers are handy and cheap. Once I get done with them here I am going to move them over to the driveway for when I am snow plowing.
That is all the updates for the last 6 months or so. I have been doing A LOT of waiting, planning, and part purchasing to get ready. Now it is finally time to start building in the next couple of weeks. Concrete footings for the bathroom start tomorrow morning.