My wife and I were looking for a couple of years for a house with a decent size 2 car garage or a lot big enough to build a garage. We finally worked the numbers and decided to stay where we were and build the shop here.
The first picture shows the back yard almost in the beginning. There were a line of trees down the side of the yard but we had to remove some because they were dying. These were the last of them that we had to remove to make room for the shop.
The next picture shows the biggest tree being removed. My B-I-L is up in the tree about 15 - 20 feet tying off the rope (I didn't want it to drop on the house) and my friend Keith is waiting to cut it down.
This next picture shows some of the roots my excavator had to contend with.
In this picture the digging is finished. You can see the cables for power as well as gas. Also I ran some 1 1/2 inch plastic pipe for telephone, network cable and TV cable.
Now the cement guys are forming up the slab. I went with a floating slab because a poured foundation was about twice the money.
Here the guys are pouring A gravel. I wanted 4 - 6 inches of gravel for drainage under the slab.
The forming is finished and ready for cement.
Next morning the cement truck showed up and the pour started. The truck had a conveyor to get the cement to the farthest back corner of the form.
Here the guys are pouring cement. I wanted a 6 inch slab even though code here is 4 inches. I figured the extra thickness would help with any movement or cracking. I also ordered the cement with the fibres in it to give it more strength. For those that understand cement, it's 32 mpa, the city requirement and a lot more expensive than regular sidewalk cement.
The slab is finally poured and ready for building. It took most of the day but the guys were standing around for a while because the truck ran out of cement and had to go back for 1 more yard.
Part 2 to follow....