We drew a foundation plan that included all of the necessary code upgrades and changes that we wanted for the new basement. Making sure we had taller 9 foot walls, egress windows and window wells were some of the changes. We also wanted to keep a cellar door opening in the back, include necessary porch and beam footings and consider the plumbing locations.
Once we had a general plan for an estimate, we measured the existing sill plate with Schafbuch Concrete and Foundations so that we agreed on the original dimensions. We made the new foundation 2 inches smaller all around as suggested by Goodwin House Movers. Our new basement would also need to include knockouts for beams and a large opening in the front for the house to move into the correct position. We drew the beam locations for our foundation contractor.
Chris' Excavating, who had done the original demo on College Street, return to dig our new basement. Schafbuch then staked out and poured footings and made the knockouts out of wood. Then they poured the new walls. Bea Day plumbing came in and set our new ground-work. Frank Wagner and Mark Baumgartel set our sill sealer and sill plate. Our new foundation is almost ready to go!
New Foundation Plan prior to formally measuring the existing
Beam locations for the house move mapped out and dimensioned
The existing foundation measured. (Outer line=existing; Inner=new)
Chris' Excavating and the master excavator
Operating the monster as if it was just an extension to his fingers
Brian Schafbuch beginning to locate the foundation on site
Footing forms waiting
Huge pumper truck leveled out
Schafbuch pouring footings as the steel is put in at right
Footings and knockouts waiting for wall forms
Poured walls with forms removed and beam knockouts in place
The existing foundation measured. (Outer line=existing; Inner=new)10
New Foundation at 623 College Street
Window well forms are being set.
Window wells for the two new egress windows are now in place.
This window well has enough gravel but still needs a ladder. The other needs a ladder too.
The team from Meticulous Masonry clipping along. What a great professional team!
Meticulous Masonry and their perfect concrete block infill.
Porch piers are being formed. They won't look so tall once the site is backfilled.
The back of the house needs a bunch more fill dirt and some piers here.
This is the aftermath of the flood caused by rain pouring in open windows and cellar door
More of the water from the cellar entry
Final Foundation work moves along slowly
As May turned to June we waited and waited until finally our foundation work could be completed. Schafbuch Concrete returned and finished our window wells and poured our porch piers. Meticulous Masonry did a meticulous job filling in the large area in the front that was used to drive on to the foundation. They also filled in the four rear knockout that allowed the beams that carried the house to lower below the foundation line when the house was set on the foundation. On June 21 and 22 Iowa City got 5 inches of rain. With the open basement windows and open cellar door entry we had water that deep. Quick-acting staff pumped it out and saved the furnace that was sitting there waiting for installation.