We've had a week of excavation and concrete. The order of events ran like this -
Monday - excavate strip footings. There were several of these to excavate and the process wasn't helped by the discovery of the water table between the natural ground level and the top of the footings! At least we, unlike much of Melbourne, should not have to worry about running out of water for the garden.
Tuesday - pour concrete in the strip footings. This was done with a concrete pump and about 7 concrete trucks, totalling 40.4m3 of concrete. The neighbours remarked they had never seen so many concrete trucks!
Wednesday - form up the garage slab.
Thursday - pour the garage slab.
Friday - remove the formwork.
So we're off to a great start although this will be immediately followed by a rather quiet period due to me not ordering the structural steel in time.....