House number six Rising

FTLComm - Tisdale - Friday, August 20, 2004

Building a modern house is a remarkable project as you see it develop there is an awareness that this will be standing in this place a long time in the future and it will be someone's home.

The whole project got underway some weeks ago when the town put in the service for each of these four lots on the former TUCs football field then last week SaskPower, SaskTel, SaskEnergy and Persona put into the ground the utilities.

Friday Mr. Chupa installed the water and sewer lines from the edge of the property to the service entrance into the house then on Monday Chupa Excavation stripped away the turf and dug out the basement hauling the dirt away except for the top soil which they piled up for landscaping when the house is finished.

The large backhoe made this an easy task and the bobcat was there to smooth things out so that Rise Construction could begin Tuesday morning installing the forms for the footings.

So the goal line now has a basement dug into it and only the ghosts of broken plays scurry up and down the field.

The precise operation of laying the forms for the footings was accomplished shortly after lunch and by the end of the work day (below) the cement had already been poured.

Poor weather did not slow the progress whatever as the following day gravel was hauled in and Chupa Excavation leveled out the carpet of rock that support the basement floor and backfill around the outside of the basement.

This project can be viewed using the Webcam pointed at the work site each day on this website. The wide angle lens does not show much detail but you will be able to see the walls rise above the new basement.

Yesterday the basement was assembled. Tisdale houses are all now built on sturdy treated wood basements that cope much better than concrete with the plastic constantly shrinking and swelling clay. Besides being able to handle the clay the wood basements are many times more energy efficient being fully insulated both on their exterior and interior with finished walls ready for the development of a liveable basement.

In these two pictures you can see one of the most vital parts of a project like this. There are four craftsmen on the job and the man writing is from Co-op as he makes sure the materials arrive on the site as they are needed.

This is a modest one story home that will cost about $167,000 with two bedrooms and bathrooms and the utility room on the main floor. Since this is a corner lot this house has an interesting feature as the double garage faces west while the front of the house faces north.

The basement was up by the end of the day yesterday and today the floor was installed with the interesting bridge work on the east and west sides.This structural element is designed to strengthen the basement walls. By then end of today the floor was in place.

Timothy W. Shire



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