Our Country Cottage a Narrative
About This Show
Our Country Cottage, a Narrative, podcast is intended to be for those that want to, are in the process of, or have already realized their dream of building a retreat or retirement place in the woods. I will be sharing what I have learned from all phases of our project, from planning to enjoying and coming to terms with our cottage in the country.
Most Recent Episode
Episode #11 Water Water Everywhere & ITB Construction Continues
Water Water Everywhere describes what can happen if the natural flow of water is not taken into account during the design stage and ITB, In The Beginning, carries on to the end of the first year of construction. In previous episodes I have mentioned how we controlled outside water and how we improved the original water control design, or lack there of. It started one day during the early construction stages. We had driven up to our country cottage to see the progress. Things had been moving along at a good clip for a while. In fact it was less than a week since our last visit, but something was different. First we noticed that no one was there, then we noticed a large pool of water in front of the garage. The forms for the garage floor were still in place, as the cement for the floor had been poured a couple of weeks earlier. They were almost submerged. There was a two foot wide sink hole across the drive where the water pipe and cables had been trenched and filled in a while ago. The supports for a fifth wheel trailer had sunk into the ground and the bottom of the trailer was resting on the dirt. There were pools of water all over and it seemed everywhere the ground had been disturbed it had dropped a couple of feet. Getting up to the door was a bit of a stretch. Everything had settled. Once inside, the crawl space hatch revealed that the water was inside as well, and at the same level that it was outside. The crawl space had about two or three feet of water in it. Once the cover had been pried up to the utility room it revealed about six or seven feet of water. The floor to the utility room was about four feet lower than the crawl space and all the water was at the same level. I called the site supervisor and told him we had six or seven feet of water in the utility room. He said he would come out and evaluate the situation and figure out what he would need to get the water out. He later revealed me that, when I first called him, he didn’t really believe what I had told him about the amount of water, saying that most home owners tend to exaggerate in these situations. It wasn’t until he dropped a saw horse into the utility room and watched it disappear below the water that he realized I was telling him the truth.