Chronicles of the Design & Construction of Two Waterfront Hurricane Proof Dry Stack Modular Green Custom Homes
1. Villa Lagoon, Wilder Italian Style Home
2. Nasello Italian Style Home

Second Course of Blocks

Late September & Early October, 2007

Hurricane proof house foundation Foundation of large concrete modular house.
Weeds in the foundation area of Gulf Front house.

We had enough of a slowdown for weedy vines to grow in the porch area. Last week, a big black water moccasin was in those weeds. One of the workers killed it and tossed it into the lagoon for the tiny fish to seed on.

This end of the house will be the porches. These porches face Little Lagoon which is just a narrow strip of sand from the Gulf.

But now we are on a rooooll...

You can see the rebar in place, extending out of this second course of blocks. It is wired to the rebar that is embedded in the foundation. This is the north east corner looking towards the south. The garage is this first area that you see in the foreground.

Don cutting a block.

Because I am using blocks that were originally made for a different house, we are doing a good bit of cutting. Personally, I think the work is going pretty quickly considering all the cutting going on.

The New Stone Age Builder crew worked all weekend.

The crane is awesome...

I just love my crane... this extension on the end of the boom makes it so tall I just can't believe it. Mike said that he didn't think it had been used in years. They had to unwind the cable, and had it all spread out the length of the driveway before they threaded it thru the ed of the extension.

This photo shows the location of the new structure in relation to the Phase I Guesthouse and the water. The garage is closest to us looking at the photo, the above ground basement next, then the foundation for the porches.

We now have some South-of-the Border Skyline workers helping out. Here he is applying the ultra sticky stuff that the waterproofing barrier sticks to on the slab. The shots below show the interior of the blocks with the waterproofing stuff. I have to get the brand name off the container. The product that was specified by our engineer was way too pricey... Dan came up with this product and saved us a bundle.

I practiced a bit of my leftover Spanish with my Skyline workers. They seem like cheerful guys. At least they humored me :o)

Corner of garage opening showing interior of DAC-ART blocks.

This northeast garage corner shows well the hollow centers of the concrete stone blocks and the rebar that is all tied together running throughout the walls both horizontally and vertically. A block will be cut to fit this corner before it is back-filled so none of this will show. The outside will be the look of continuous cut blocks of stone.

You can see here where we will need a special cut block for this small spot.

Nice little video of a DAC-ART Block being set ..1 minute, 22 seconds.

Little Lagoon spits up a tash recepticle for me. Barnacle covered BFI trash can.

I was lucky enough to spot a really intact BFI trash can that must have been underwater since the hurricanes. One side is rather clean and the other side is covered in barnacles. I still get trash pick-up twice a week, so i am hoping that by having two cans, I can get most of the construction debris up to the street to be picked up. I have been knocking off and scraping off the barnacles so they won't think the whole thing is trash and remove it. This will delay the necessity of having a huge dumpster... which is an expensive thing. OK... where is the WD-40 ??

Salt tolerance of portulaca perslane flowering plant

One last note on this page. I have experimented with various plants this close to the salt water. My gut feeling is that all the online salt tolerance of plant info online has been based on fake circumstances and not on real experiments on salt water locations that include wind, rain, sun, salt air, salt atmosphere, etc... Take note all you horticulturists, Portulaca is really a salt tolerant plant... Portulaca oleracea is the common purslane. Portulaca grandiflora is a South American herb, widely cultivated for its showy crimson, scarlet, yellow, or white, ephemeral blossoms.