You’re staring into a freshly dug hole. It can be a little over whelming. First of all it usually looks huge. Second, it is hard to imagine how everything fits together. Most importantly though you have your very own beginning. It is untapped potential. I have to admit I am very smitten with untapped potential. I can get lost in the possibilities of a family (and future families) making their memories with in these walls.
Quick little side note here. Some of you might be enjoying a crawl space and some of you might be building a home on a slab of concrete. All of it is good and all of it still symbolizes untapped potential. I just did not want anyone to think I was slighting them. The point of this part is the excitement and the link to the future. Enjoy it no matter how your foundation starts out. However, I will be talking about what happens in the context of a full basement. So just substitute your particular situation because there really isn’t a huge difference.
Anyway back to the freshly dug hole. So lets start out with what happens at this step.
• You’ll get to experience the not so exciting things like building forms for walls. This can take a couple of days, but it really depends on the size of the foot print of your home.
• They pour the concrete into the forms and let it cure.
• They will also be doing some underground plumbing at this stage of the game. Not super exciting but here is what is critical. In your plans there is usually a place shown for a bathroom. Now you may not be finishing your basement now or ever, but this does warrant a little thought. If you do not have any idea how you could finish this basement now or in the future you will get this step wrong. It can be an expensive change if you ever have to move that underground plumbing to accommodate a basement bath. So take a moment and just see where you would want that bathroom IF you ever wanted to finish the basement.
• Then they pour the concrete floor. Welcome to your new in-ground pool or your new roller arena. Potential… Eeeeeee… so much fun!
So this step is not the most exciting. However, a strong foundation is important to build a good future. I used to tell my clients a day or two before they poured the floor to drink a bottle of champagne toasting this exciting adventure. Then take the empty bottle and write a note or two. Maybe wishes or hopes for the future. I told them to make it positive and then throw it into the bottom of their basement or crawl space where it would send positivity in perpetuity. I know it sounds a little sappy but any effort made for good and strong future is an effort worth making.
I am Erica, and I help you buy the house you can afford and make it a home you love. Finding a home you can afford can be one of the most important financial decisions you make. Making it the home you love can be one of the most rewarding things you do.
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