"It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it's the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time"-David Allan Coe
We are off to a great start! These bags are the first layers of the building and act as a stem wall for the main structure. These bags are filled with unwashed 1 and 1/4 inch gravel. The gravel fill acts as a water barrier to the rest of the walls. Unlike concrete the gravel prevents water from wicking up into the walls so these bags of rocks eliminates the need for a pressure treated bottom plate and other moisture barrier products. Just bags and rocks!
I was actually very surprised to see how fast these bags got put together. The work was spread out over 2 days but this represents only about 4 hours of actual bag filling and placing with 4 people working. The front wall will not be built with bags, the rest of the wall is about 39 linear feet. I wont always have 4 people helping so, Im estimating about 2 weeks to finish this project. Its strange how that feels like a long time and no time at the same time.
I was very nervous putting down the first bag. I had this feeling like if I didnt get the first one right everything would go wrong. Of course the first one cant be right, it needs all the others to become anything more than a sack of rocks and as the rest started to fall into place, my confidence just kept creeping up. Now its all I can do to keep going to my real job. All I really want to be doing is working on this project!
This is going to be the most bad-ass well house ever built!
I have never built anything bigger than a sand castle before so there is a large sense of pride here. Its not exactly the pyramids of egypt and its still a long way from being done but for the amount of satisfaction and accomplishment I feel just from putting down those three layers of bags, it might as well be a trip to the moon.
In the end it could all topple over and I would still consider all this a great success.