the Tire Bale house project


Spring 2011 -

We started leveling the floor for the pour and soon as we could in the early Spring. We want to build rock walls for around the bathrooms located next to the south windows since we have an abundance of sandstone on our property. We thought that the weight of the rocks might cause the concrete floor to crack, so we decided to make concrete footers so they could crack instead.

bath footers

We started by measuring where we wanted the 2 bathroom walls to be and made wooden concrete forms so the footers would be one foot wide by one foot deep. We lined the forms with 6 mil plastic, placed and tied some rebar in the trench, and then mixed and poured the concrete.




low wall mud1low wall mud2

Since we wanted two layers of 6 mil plastic under all of the floor and a little up the sides of the walls, we decided to take the time to fill in the lower part of the walls with mud where the tire bales curve under, thus making a straighter area on the bottom of the wall for the concrete. It would also make it a lot easier to pour.



floor plastic


Next, we started to lay the two layers of 6 mil plastic down on the floor and about a foot up the walls. We wanted the plastic for both moisture and radon protection. This picture is looking into the living room with the opening to the kitchen showing.




rebar is done

Our concrete guy said we should put rebar into the sides of the bathroom footers to keep the footer and the floor tied together. We are planning on putting tile over the concrete so the added rebar will (in theory) keep the tiles from popping up wherever the footer and the floor overlap. We painted the rebar florescent orange so that we wouldn't hit our ankles. Do that once and you will be painting the rebar too!



floor strings

August 2011 -

With all that done, it was time to bring in our favorite concrete guys, Juliano Concrete, LLC. If you've been following this journey you already know that they poured the bond beam and the garage floor. The guys brought in road base to bring the dirt up to the base of the concrete and ran strings so they knew how high to pour the floor.



concrete truck

So here came the concrete trucks, one each day. They split the pour into three days to make it a lot more manageable. Along with the house pour, we had them pour three pads just outside the three doors. The east door pad is the largest since we plan on moving the barbecue grill and the picnic table over there.




floor pour


We had to put tarps over the windows for the guys since it was like a sauna in the house on the days of the pour and it also kept the concrete from drying out too fast thus creating unwanted cracks.


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