The walls are all waterproofed, the backfilled with gravel. French drains at their base.
Backfilling in progress...
As an update...
There's been a bit of a change in plans.
What we have here is no longer a pole barn.
Backstory is that the property we bought is in fact zoned agriculture. Hence, both the seller of the property (and owner of the airport) and my contractor assured us we could build a pole barn with no permitting required.
Well, last week a building inspector stopped by the property and told the contractor to stop work and not continue until a permit was in hand. Something about the land being zoned agricultural but not being used for an agriculture purpose, or something like that.
Both the airport owner and the contractor say we could fight this and likely win - but that would take time, and even at that we'd have teed-off building inspector to make our lives miserable.
So, as of a week ago Thursday, what we're building is a two-story, 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath residence with attached garage. And here's our building permit:
Some hurdles remain. Normally there would have been 3 inspections up to this point: footers, foundation and plumbing. But apparently our situation is not unique, and there's a procedure to have an engineer look at pictures of each stage and certify things were done to code. That's in progress. In addition, we have to have an architect look at the work done so far and draw up plans for that and the proposed work to submit to the county. Also getting started on that.
In the bigger picture, we had agreed to build a 1,200 sq ft (minimum) house on the property. Our original plan was to "throw up" a quick pole barn, then later build a house. As it turns out there's plenty of room within our structure for 1,200 sq ft of living space in 2 stories, and that's going to be our airport home. And the airport owner says that's fine.
No doubt other hurdles will present themselves, but those too shall pass.
Are we having fun yet?