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



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