From the ground up - construction begins!

This is an exciting time for our project - we have cleared the way for the construction portion of my homebuilding journey to begin!

From here on out, you’ll notice a few differences on our 2.2 acre parcel of land in eastern Connecticut. After a final visit from the land surveyor, we determined that it was time to remove some trees and underbrush from a portion of our land so that we can pour the foundation for our new eco-friendly home.

Removing trees and other natural vegetation from our property was not a step that I took lightly - as with any building project, vegetation will need to be removed in order to facilitate construction. But in order to make the best of this step, I only removed as much vegetation as what we deemed necessary for construction. I left as much original vegetation as I could, in order to preserve wildlife habitat and create a good buffer for our neighbors.

One advantage for us when it comes to leaving a fair amount of the original vegetation is that down the line, it might mitigate the need for me to put a fence around the property. My wife and I haven’t decided yet but my goal is to save time and money without sacrificing comfort or the eco-friendly nature of our project.

So, on to the foundation - for this step, I’m working with E M Evangelisti Co., a team of two brothers who have been pouring foundations in Old Saybrook for decades. I’ve had the chance to work with them a few times before, and as far as I’m concerned they’re the best in town when it comes to execution and concrete knowledge. Excuse my pun.

I’d like to hear what your thoughts are about the progress we’ve made. Join the conversation and let us know!

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