Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Freedom By Design BAR NIGHT

9:00 to 11:00 pm
Wednesday November 17 @ Trinity!

help us raise more money for current and upcoming projects!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Concrete's a flowing!

The lower landing of the ramp is finally poured and curing for the next 24 hours. I will be going out to the site in the morning to unveil the fresh ramp and landing. Tommy, Chad (the Allied Concrete delivery guy) and I all worked to get our form work filled with 1 cubic yard of 3000 psi concrete. All went smoothly and we are now one step (or ramp?) closer to completion!

before and after

Next workday Sunday 10/17/10 9am-3pm!

So obviously, we're in the home stretch, and I could not be more relieved! The only issue moving forward will be funding and publicity for not only this project but future FBD projects as well! Let's keep up the hard work and make sure that the A-School, UVa and Charlottesville communities all know what we've accomplished!

Thanks for your support!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Accessibility, it's a beautiful thing!

The past two workdays (8/22 + 9/5) were great successes. We have moved along adding the handrails and decking on the lower portion of the ramp and porch area.

As always thanks to Tommy for your building expertise and work ethic. And to the rest of the crew, thanks for putting up with the occasional lapse in organization/construction knowledge on my part and continuing to show up week after week. I know our clients really appreciate everything we are doing to get this project done.

Good news! Tonight is our first major fundraiser of the Fall 2010 semester:

Qdoba Night is happening tonight from 5-9pm at the Qdoba on the Corner!
Pick up a flyer on your walk there (we'll have volunteers stationed at either end of the Corner passing them out), order a meal (dinner+drink) and FBD will receive $1.50 per customer that will go directly to purchasing remaining building materials!

Next workday: this SUNDAY 9am-12pm

Thanks for your continued support!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Workday this Sunday the 22nd 8am!

be there or be square

call/email with questions!

Monday, August 9, 2010

We've got ramp!

Despite the heat and August sun beating down on us yesterday, we managed to get 90% of the framing for the ramp completed-and I only had to go to Lowe's twice! I don't think I am going to miss transporting hundreds of pounds of lumber in my car and on my roof-rack down 29 once this project is over.

We still need to install 8 more joists, attach the guard rails, lay down decking, install the handrail and pour the concrete pad, but things are looking good! The obstacles that we have managed to overcome in these past two weeks alone gives me hope that this ramp can and will be done by the end of September.

We still need to acquire decking material for the ramp and are looking for donations! Please e-mail me with any suggestions for places to find affordable decking in and around Charlottesville, or someone willing to donate materials to this worthy cause!

Another big thank you to Tommy and to the new additions to the FBD crew, Nathan, Sally and Kate (who traveled all the way from UNC to help out)!

Next (mini) workday will be this weekend (time and day TBD) to complete joist installation and prepare for concrete slab pour.

Look forward to seeing you at the site soon!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

FBD, Back in Action!

Hello again Freedom Friends!

So I know it's been a while since our last project update...but I come bearing news of serious progress! Yesterday, our small yet determined build team set all but four remaining posts, framed the lower and upper platforms, installed the ledger board at the house and fixed many issues that had cropped up throughout the construction process. With the ramp finally taking form above ground, it is much easier to envision how the family will be able to use the ramp as both a means of access to their home and an outdoor gathering space for friends, family and neighbors.

A HUGE thank you to Tommy who, with his construction knowledge, work ethic and impressive tool collection, enabled the team to achieve the day's goals.

Another big thank you goes out to our commuting manual labor, Lars and Mary, for giving it their all as honorary Freedom by Design members. Couldn't do it without you!

Life Lessons Learned:
1. a square deck/ramp is a happy deck/ramp
2. appropriate tools = more efficient construction and fewer headaches
3. running two saws at the same time can and will blow a fuse
4. epoxy glue sets faster than you thought possible
5. fresh bagels and ice cold water make for a happy build team

As summer break comes to a rapid close, the next few build days will be critical to getting the project done by a tentative September deadline. Time to rally the troops so Mary can ride in style up and down this ramp ASAP! Next build day: August 8, 2010!