Foundation Fill and Form Boards

We’re building a FPSF (Frost Proof Shallow Foundation) for our home. This is a foundation that uses insulation around its perimeter to reduce energy consumption and retain the Earth’s natural temperature to prevent frost heave under the foundation. Most of our build site is exposed bedrock making a basement, that we don’t want anyway, an […]

Prep and Footings

A video showing a few things we needed to, literally, get out of the way before starting on the house. Moving a shed, felling some trees, as well as digging footings and laying base rock. Rock is ubiquitous here (of course…The ROCKY Mountains) so doing anything that involves earth moving is a big effort. Even […]

Digging the Well

well granite coving glove

Digging the well deserves it’s own blog post. Let’s just start with, we have the deepest well in all of history! Ok, that’s probably exaggerating a bit, but seriously, it’s 650 ft deep through solid granite! To put it in perspective, most non-mountain wells are somewhere in the 200-400 ft range. The well company drilled […]

Breaking Ground

utilities trench

We can officially say that we’ve broken ground! The first thing on the massive to-do list was getting utilities ran before winter hits. Justin spent countless weekends renting excavators and camping at the property (in the shed, I might add) to get the 7ft deep utilities ditch dug. All of our utilities start at the […]

Modern Shed Build

Now that we owned the property, we were eager to get started on development. Justin and I quickly realized that the first thing that needed to happen was building a storage shed. Not the most exciting thing to start with, but absolutely necessary. With the property being an hour from the house we’re renting, we […]

New Beginnings

Let’s start from the beginning Coming up on exactly a year now, we decided that moving out of the suburbs of Denver and into the Rocky Mountains was the life we want to create for ourselves. This was NOT an easy decision because there were so many factors to consider: very cold and snowy winters, […]