After our "pitch black pour", the remainder of the week was spent removing the forms from the footings and forming the stem walls of the Tower villa. While the footings provide the anchor points to the bedrock, they vary wildly in final height but give us a flat surface to build the stem walls. In turn, the stem walls will provide a level surface upon which to build the floor slab and provide additional strength for the entire structure. You can see where the footings on the rear wall "step" down the contour of the bedrock. [caption id="attachment_1220" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Rear Stem wall of Tower Villa[/caption] The stem wall of the Tower villa extends along the rear and southern facing walls of the villa, with an additional set of stem walls for the tower. A web of steel rebar is in between the plywood forms and is tied to the rebar we have buried in the footings. [caption id="attachment_1218" align="aligncenter" width="640"] SW Corner of Tower Villa[/caption] The rest of the structure will be supported by columns on opposing sides of these stem walls. We did not finish pouring four of the footings for the columns, but it doesn't require a lot of concrete, so that can be done on site before the next big pour. The topsoil covered bedrock mound in the middle will stay put. No need to chisel it out as this whole area will be undeveloped crawl space. [caption id="attachment_1225" align="aligncenter" width="640"] "Crawl Space" of the Tower Villa with Column Forms[/caption] Here's a view of the stem wall forms for the tower taken from below. You can see the footings at the bottom following the contour of the bedrock. [caption id="attachment_1219" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Stem Wall forms for Tower[/caption] As the crew focused the remainder of the week on stem wall forming for the Tower villa, there is not much to report on the 1BR. The crew did attach the steel grid for the cistern stem wall, and Wayne chipped out a bit more of the bedrock. [caption id="attachment_1221" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Steel in place for cistern stem wall[/caption] This week, and probably a bit into next, we'll concentrate on finishing all the stem wall work and slab forming for the cistern on the 1BR. Next week, we should have concrete arriving from St Thomas and drawing down the sizable deposit I gave them last week. Enjoy Labor Day!