Starting off with a clean slate is much easier than trying to work around other things going on. Now that the trailer is moved, there is some preparation to be done.
Moving the porch structure, and piling up the gravel that used to be under the trailer is a way to clean up and get ready. The gravel will be used for other projects; the porch is one of the only dry spots for meals and breaks.
The site has to be totally destroyed before you build it back up again. It looks like a tornado hit!
What a ton of work! The moving of the trailer was only the beginning.
Now, the timbers have to be gathered up, old poly film that was under the trailer to stop radon gas and dampness needs to be folded and general clean up of old insulation and siding.
Setting out the Big Foot(TM) footings ready to dig the holes to put them in. The building inspector will have to confirm that they are in the correct place once they are dug into the ground.
This porch was on the trailer and protected the front door for years.
The gravel was under the plastic film and was not needed here, until the end of the process. So we scraped it all up to stock pile it until we need it.
We also salvaged the square concrete blocks that were part of the footings. We'll find a use for them!
Once the mud dried out a bit, the soil is easy to work with; a mixture of sand and silt, with a few larger nuggets thrown in, laid down by glaciers.
What's the next step? Excavation of the footings...