Monday, November 21, 2011

Day 4

Today the cement pad was poured. We were the only job that the mason could get done today since the weather turned stormy and wet! This caught us all by surprise.

The smell of the Creosote Bush, which is in the foreground, after it rains, is wonderful.
The Organ Mountains are in the background.

The plan is to start placing the cement block this coming weekend.
Thanks for checking in - Kath

A hard day for Bradley, he was neutered today.
He's not too happy about the cone either.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Day 3

The digging is done and now we wait for the cement pour. It will either be tomorrow or Tuesday.
The complete footing

The Oven footing

Tom has been spending today laying out the oven. One of the things that is making this project extremely easy, even though it's late in the year, is the Las Cruces weather! The mornings are chilly (don't laugh my East Coast friends, we've become softies) starting out at around 35° to 40°. The afternoons get up around 75°. There is absolutely not a cloud in the sky and it's very, very dry. In fact we've had to keep wetting down the ground where the cement is going to be poured. Hopefully I'll be getting pictures on the blog showing the newly poured pad - thanks for stopping by. Kath

Creating a complete layout of the oven.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Day 2

The morning started out with looking at all the construction photos we had taken of the original oven. Since we are making a larger oven for our New Mexico BakeHouse, Tom wanted to review the work he had done. I was glad that we took as many photos as we did for it's proved to be extremely helpful now.

Reviewing the construction photos of our original New Jersey Oven

Now that we knew the size of the oven, it was easy to start laying out the floor space of the BakeHouse.

The final forms are set and digging can now begin. In order to avoid having to go for a permit, we're only allowed to have a building that is 12' x 10'. By doing it this way we can avoid all the waiting, fees and inspections that are involved with going bigger. And since the prep room will be attached to the home, we don't have to worry about having anything but the oven, proofer and bench in the building.

After all the digging is done around the forms and rebar and mesh are added, we'll be ready to pour cement. Our goal was for this coming Saturday, but we're thinking that the following Saturday will be more realistic since we have day jobs to go to.

Thanks for stopping by

Our personal inspector approves.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Day One

The BakeHouse project started with replacing the entry door that would be the entrance to the prep room. We think the door that was on the house was an original and you could see daylight around the edges. Tom was hoping that it would only be a 4 hour project, but we all know how those types of projects go! But he had great success and now the sand isn't coming through the bottom of the door!

Then it was off to Lowes to purchase the lumber needed for the forms for the cement pad that the BakeHouse building and oven will sit on along with the rebar and mesh.

 Making a list and checking it twice.

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Thanks for checking in - Kath

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The BakeHouse Project Has Begun!

The rebuilding of the BakeHouse in Las Cruces, NM has begun! We are so excited. Today we'll be ordering all the Fire Bricks and also the high heat cement, Lumnite from Phoenix, AZ.

Tom and I will do the prep work for the concrete pad and the concrete contractors will come in about 2 weeks.

I'll be posting more often once we start digging and building. Thanks for coming along for the ride!


Our new puppy, Bradley is checking out our work.