For a chronological listing of our building projects with ICF (or insulated concrete forms), be sure to look through the ICF Building Index. With the footers and supporting walls completed, we are ready for the front porch concrete! The weather has been a milder and John and the boys have been able to get the prep work done to have the concrete delivered. In the photo above, you can see the front porch pad with the wire mesh and rebar just waiting for the cement truck. Since the front porch is so large, we are pouring it in two different pours. Hence, the wood you see in the photo above is used to divide the porch into sections. As you can see, everyone gets involved - it is a family affair! Once the concrete is poured, a long board is used to even out the concrete and level it. Two people (one on each end) work the board back and forth while others, using rakes, pull any excess concrete out of the way. The rocks in the concrete slowly settle and get smoothed out so the front porch begins to look more and more level. As the concrete dries a float is used to finish the concrete and give a smoother finish. The cement truck came about 1:00 pm and John and the boys were finished about 10:30 pm - it was a long day but very productive! I look forward to sitting on the front porch and enjoying the view of the vineyard... For a chronological listing of our ICF building see ICF Building Index.