Tempe Micro Estates - Monthly Construction Updates
Construction began in late November 2020. Expected completion is late-summer 2021.
Learn more about this first-of-its-kind project and how to purchase a home at Tempe Micro Estates on our project information page.
This page is updated at the beginning of every month reflecting the work completed the month prior. For up-to-the-minute updates, contact David Crummey and schedule a site tour.
Construction is going full-steam ahead! May has seen us framing the last homes and the community center, as well as roofing, firewall installations, vents, initial solar install prep, final stairs, slab pours, and the beginning of roughing in electrical, plumbing, and low-voltage wiring.
June will see us finishing framing on all the homes and the community room, more roofing, plumbing, electrical, exterior cladding, Cox, APS solar, and HVAC rough-in, as well as the exterior window "fins" that will help shade our windows. We will also see the southern masonry wall completed to its final height.
In April, we went vertical! As of the end of April, the exterior walls for nine homes were erected along with their second floor joists and subfloor, as well as the rebar, concrete footings, and stem walls for the last four homes. Electrical conduit was run to homes, and underground plumbing was completed for the first nine homes.
May will see us continuing to frame the last four homes and the community room, completing the enclosures on the first nine homes, interior stairs, as well as the plumbing, electrical, and low-voltage rough-in for the homes. We will also begin to see exterior finishes, windows, doors, and more start to arrive and be installed.
In March, we poured the footings, stem walls, and slabs for the first four homes, and the footings and stem walls for the next five homes. We also ran underground plumbing into place beneath the slabs and brought up the radon vent for these first nine homes. We also started to bring electric (including solar and low voltage) conduit across the property and to each home. Our testing and building inspections continue and lumber was delivered at the end of March, which allowed framing to begin on the site. Walls are being built in a modular fashion to be more efficient with crew time.
In April, we will be pouring footings, stem walls, and slabs for the last four homes and the community room, as well as the plumbing for each. Framing construction will continue on-site, and we will begin to see the walls being erected.
Since January, all sewer and water lines are complete to everyone's property lines and connected to the City's system, passing all our inspections. Our team has also imported more than 616 cubic yards of soil for all the foundations (more than enough to cover a basketball court with three-and-a-half feet of soil), dug the forms, installed rebar reinforcement, and poured the concrete for the footings for the first four homes. We've also continued building the masonry site walls, completed our underground storm drainage system, installed a new fire hydrant, and moved the existing fire hydrant to its new location. We've also conducted and passed a number of interim inspections on the sewer and water lines, hydrants, soil compaction levels, and more.
In March, we will be running the underground plumbing into place beneath the slabs of the first four homes, as well as starting to bring electric (including solar and low voltage) conduit across the property and to each home. Stem walls were poured for the first four homes the first week of March, and the formwork was stripped the next day. We will also be digging, prepping, and pouring footings for the next five homes. By the end of March, we will see the first slabs poured for homes, and will see the beginning of lumber on-site as we start framing the first four homes, as well as the formwork and stem-walls for the next five homes.
In January, the perimeter retaining wall foundations were dug and installed along with some of the perimeter walls. Storm drains and the substantial underground retention chambers have been installed -- they'll hold more than 38,000 gallons of rainwater from a single storm and allow it to percolate into the ground. Sewer and water lines to each lot were installed. An old swimming pool was found deep in the center of the site which was partially removed where it conflicted with the water, sewer, and storm water drains. Soil from the retention area was added to the site, but even more soil will be needed to bring the site up to the required height.
Looking forward into February, water and sewer connections will be completed on site and connected to the city's system. Soil for the foundations will start being imported to the site. Footings and stem wall trenches, rebar, and concrete will be installed for the first four homes -- lots 13, 12, 11, and 10.
We started construction on Monday, November 23 with the demolition of the cul-de-sac and existing site walls, installed temporary fencing, and otherwise set up the site for next steps. We have had the surveyor come to the site as well as our engineer for soil testing of the foundations. Additional soil tests were performed for the foundations, and foundation soil was excavated and recompacted to the required depths and density in preparation of foundation work next year. The storm water drywell and interceptor were drilled and installed in the parking area, water lines have been completed to each lot and the installation of storm water drain lines began.
Looking forward to January, sewer and storm water lines will continue to be installed, along with the underground retention system. Site retaining walls will be excavated and installed, with walls beginning to take shape.