We’ve broken ground for construction of an underground bunker garage. The owner of this Cougar Mountain home needed to add parking for visitors. So instead of building a traditional detached garage she opted for an underground bunker garage. The topography of the site lends itself to that type of building construction. There is an increase in cost for an underground structure but it will also add more level yard area to her mountain side lot. The garage construction is in a “critical slope “area which triggered a more rigorous permitting process with the city.
We’ve excavated and set up our foundation forms and today, poured the foundation. Unfortunately last night our sump pump that was keeping our pit from filling up with rain water died. When we arrived this morning we had about three feet of water in our pour area which is not conducive to successful concrete placement. With a little quick thinking and use of some local connections we’ve developed from years spent as Seattle custom home builder we were able to get a powerful gas powered pump to drain the water and get things back on track. So after a little scrambling we were able to get the footings poured. Tomorrow we’ll start forming up the walls. Stay tuned for more bunker garage posts in the future.
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