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Old 08-17-2014, 07:13 AM   #1
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I am in process of building a new house partially below grade. The best way to describe is a daylight basement with a roof. I want to post some photos but not sure if I can post from my Ipad. I will have a lot of questions as this project goes forward as I am doing a lot of the work myself.

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I can post photos but only one at a time. Here is the slab as it's being poured. I used a 15 mil commercial grade vapor barrier. This slab will be the entire house and I couldn't take any chances on water problems. The slab is three block off ground and I placed a French drain on the inside of slab that will also serve as a
Radon removal system and part time drain.

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Block work is all done. Will be covered with brick except front wall will be vinyl
Siding. I have some more electrical questions and will ask them on electrical forum.
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Front side facing lake. Plan to build shed type porch roof with stone facing on the chimney
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Good morning JM!

Well, this will be an interesting build to watch.

I hope to be getting started on a somewhat similar build myself next month, but a few thousand miles away from you!

The slope on your lot looks very similar to mine...so can I ask you what the depth of your side walls are, front to back, and how much slope is in that distance?

The ground at my lot is far too rough to see what my actual slope is yet, but it looks close to yours.

Will you be adding drain rock up the side of your wall which will be buried?

I will be doing that on mine, but we have to cover the top 6" of fill with native soil. Plus adding landscape fabric on top of the drain rock in an attempt to keep the fines from clogging the drain rock over the years.
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