Excavating for porch footings

It has been a few months since I last tested my grave digger skills, and I am due for a refresher.

The old limestone foundation wall was pretty wide. Yet, it wasn’t wide enough to give me the room I needed for the new footings I had to pour, or the footing drains I needed to install.

What other option was there than to put some effort into excavating?

I left the existing concrete pavement in place. It acted as a rain screen and prevented us from treading the soil edge loose and having it fall back into the hole.

We stored half of the soil on our vacant lot, and the other half on our neighbor’s lot. We are very lucky with our neighbor! He saved us a lot of time. His graciousness allowed us to move any soil only as far as absolutely necessary.

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About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

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