Work has continued on the outside of the project this past week and we have a roof.  On the Barn side of the Shop, the Wareroom deck is in, the lower retaining wall is nearing completion and the grading for the upper wall is underway.
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Sweet! The roof is finally on and the deck in front of the Wareroom door is in.
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The initial grading for the upper wall has started and the construction of the lower wall has continued.
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With the lower wall making headway, the trail to the new Mercantile begins to emerge.
A short wall has been added to the Garden side of the Shop.  This will allow us to build up the path leading down the hill towards the Garden and widen it out with the dirt from the foundation excavation. 
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Eventually, the dirt will be gently sloped down the hill to form a shelf before taking a more abrupt slant to the top of the retaining wall along the back of the Shop.
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This view of the Garden side of the Shop shows the significant leveling that has resulted from the dirt made available when we dugout the basement.
As the October event draws near, an additional project was undertaken to provide more comfort for our visitors.  Once again, Augusta Concrete Block provided the foundation material for this project in the form of 12 sets of concrete   bench bases.  A little pressure treated lumber with some precision cutting and drilling and we ended up with 12 really nice benches.
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The concrete bases. Don't think they are not heavy!
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Saw setup to cut the wood components to length. 108 cuts later, we were ready to move on to drilling the holes.
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After a quick conversion, the saw station becomes a drilling station. After 216 counter sinks and 216 holes drilled, it is time for assembly.
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The pressure treated planks are bolted into threaded inserts that were set into the concrete bases when they were poured. Very tight tolerance in getting this all to come together.
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The finished product. Once painted, they will be placed throughout the park. After all of this, a couple WILL end up on the hill by the Shop!
Thank you Augusta Concrete Block for your continual generosity.  It is hard to look in any direction within the Park and not see a demonstration of your munificence!

Chris

 
Work continued over the last week with finishing off the roof decking on the front of the Shop, the addition of the front porch, and the start of cedar shakes.  The guys froms Starnes Co. continue to do a stellar job.
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Shot of the front of the Shop with the front porch going on.
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With the decking complete on the porch roof, you can great appreciation for the great lines of this beauty!
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Shakes going on.
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Roof is nearing completion.
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I must say... As much as I love the view of the front of the Shop from lake Avenue, my favorite view is this one.
Work started in earnest this week on shaping and improving the land surrounding the Shop.  What once was a moderate slope began to take on the form of a multi-terraced landscape.  Augusta Concrete Block once again came to our aid in the form of hundreds of concrete landscaping blocks.   We were also joined by a small contingent of US Navy Chiefs from Fort Gordon.  The Chiefs have a long standing history of service to our park.  For this, we are thankful.
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Foreground: Moderate slope on the Barn side of the Shop. Background: 7 pallets of concrete landscape blocks.
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Navy Chiefs Steve, Aaron & Felix (foreground right) work with tractor operator Tom to lay the foundation course of block for the lower retaining wall. Mr. & Mrs. Z supervise from above.
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The first segment of the lower wall was an all day affair to get constructed.
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Calculating the turn in the wall and planning out how the steps would progress up and into the hillside was a challenge that the Navy Chiefs were able to conquer.
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The last activity for the week was excavating and laying down the gravel base of the remainder of the lower wall.
That's all for this week.

Chris
 
With the base structure in place, the past 2 weeks have been filled with sealing the basement and closing the roof to keep the water out.
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Plywood is being added to the roof and all side walls. The opening are on the roof where the dormers will be located.
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Local companies, Starrette Trucking and Martin Marietta, partnered to donate and deliver 5 large dump truck loads of gravel.
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The concrete block basement walls were sprayed with a waterproofing film and then covered with a waterproof membrane. After installing a French drain at the base of the wall, a temporary form was then installed 12" off the wall.
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Gravel is then poured in between the form and the block wall and dirt is backfilled on the outside of the form. This creates a 12" wall of gravel the entire length and depth of the foundation wall which ensures excellent drainage into the pipe at the base of the wall. The dirt is then compacted to complete the backfilling process.
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The building has been wrapped to provide a moisture and airflow barrier and the roof has been covered in roofing felt in preparation for the cedar shake roof. The exposed rafters on the lower corner of the roof is where the front porch roof will tie in.
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An straight eyebrow roof was added on the back of the building to provide coverage for the lower level.
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Cedar Shakes have been added to the back roof. The color and look is simply breathtaking.
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The last activity for the week was to dig and pour the 5 footings for the front porch. I could not pass up the opportunity to point out to the builder, David, that the footings were not perfectly aligned. After a slight glare, he assured me that the were level and more than adequate to meet their intended purpose. Which, I knew, but I just could not help myself. :-)
Over the past 2 weeks, we continue to be honored by donations or discounts of product or services provided by the following North Augusta/Augusta area businesses.  
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Starrette Trucking, provider of gravel and delivery services.
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Martin Marietta, provider of gravel. Click on logo to link to website.
This coming week, the front porch will be added, the roof should be completed and we might get windows and doors.  Stay tuned and be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed.

As always, we would welcome and appreciate any donations to assist us in completing the project.  Contact me at Chris@NewWindsorShop.org to make a donation.

Chris