Our Garage+ Project – Week One Update

I wanted to see if I can do a quick weekly update on our garage+ project as there is some interest. Why garage+? Because we are, as discussed in my last post, not only demolishing and replacing the garage, we are adding a lot of functionality by way of a second floor and a big deck – plus replacing the deck attached to our home (the garage is not attached), repaving the driveway, and replacing our front door, etc. This is because we have no intention to move!

I’ll be doing this “garage+” as a separate series – as long as I can – hopefully weekly. My hobby and golf stuff posts will be separate – though I also have to get in some Aztec stuff for Dave’s Season of Scenery Challenge – maybe the garage+ can also count! I’m, as you Brits and Aussies say, chuffed, to get this going. Though I neglected going through my followed blogs for a bit (hobby stuff and golf and this project!), and I just finished a month of blog reading over the last week – so FINALLY I am caught up).

As for week one, Andy Cormier got in the excavator as you saw on Monday the 19th of July. He was able to knock the garage down easily on Tuesday – though I missed it as I was…yes…golfing. My wife did get a few shots of that – the garage not my golfing…

The garage is gone!! All that you see here is the asphalt floor as the building is somewhere in a dumpster traveling for disposal/recycling.
On Wednesday, it was time to remove the asphalt floor. It was clearly originally placed by hand as the thickness of the lift varied considerably. The asphalt was not placed by a professional! There were all kinds of junk underneath, to include wood and the power supply to the building (just laid under the asphalt). Andy capped that power off.
After the asphalt was carted off (it gets recycled differently), Andy was able to excavate under the original floor. I was curious to see if there were footings of any type under the double 2″ x 4″ and the single 2″ x 6″ boards that supported the roof on the left side. There were not!!! Also, here you see that under the back end of the garage that the previous owner had basically dumped in broken building refuse of many types (bricks, chunks of concrete) as “foundation” under the back wall. No wonder it was slumping! The engineer in me was amazed at such poor construction practices (old habit dies hard – even though I last did construction in the US Army).
Andy also had to deal with a lot of roots that found their way under the building – our soil is exceptionally sandy and well-draining in East Brookfield. It put up no resistance to many roots!
Getting down to 4 feet below grade. Some folks thought we were installing a pool!
Mid-excavation view from our second floor house window.
Friday it looked like this – all excavated and ready for next week.
Same Friday view from up in the house on the second floor.

That’s where we are now – hoping that some concrete work can begin next week. Stay tuned and let me know if you like this post, want more, or less, I aim to please! Thanks for taking a look.

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