NOTE: As of September 23, 2009, this post has been edited in
accordance with a court-mediated settlement. The names of the
contractor and his excavation subcontractor have been replaced with

We've spent the last several days pulling things together on a lot of fronts.

There's been a flurry of drawings and calculations between engineers, contractor, and the house. The drawings should be done tomorrow and go off to the city engineer for review. With our conditions, just about everybody and their brother has to inspect the foundation now.

There's been a minor flurry of activity on the financing front. We should get a check from our latest round of refinancing in the next couple of days, but with all this it will not be sufficient, so we arranged to get money from elsewhere. At this rate, the foundation is costing many times what we were originally quoted when we bought the house. We've had some shaky moments. I have advice for people considering similar work in a similar soil situation, which I am working on. At this point, I don't want to give advice until the project is DONE, and I'm sure you can all understand why.

Nothing has happened at the house lately. I talked to Contractor A (who said he'd been drinking a lot lately) tonight and they're still hashing out the rebar situation. There's also a minor detail of waterproofing (critical when you have substantial water pressure) to be worked out, and Contractor A's been preparing his revised dollar figures (presumably not while doing the aforementioned drinking, though when we saw them we certainly thought he must be smoking something). Anyway, more photos when stuff starts happening again.

posted by ayse on 03/29/05