Clearing Off the Kuppersmith Project Lot

I’m here in the yard of the Kuppersmith Project house where we’re in the process of clearing off the last of the vegetation and debris. After we used a backhoe to remove the old garage, I decided to go ahead and completely clear off the lot around the house so we could start from scratch on the landscaping.

If you saw the earlier videos of the outside of the Kuppersmith house, you know that the yard was completely overgrown with everything from bamboo to camellias. Clearing the lot off will allow us to grade and slope the ground so the water will run off properly when it rains and not pool around the foundation of the house.

We’re using the claw on the backhoe to load all the debris into dump trucks to haul it away, which is the only practical way to handle a job of this size. Once the lot has been cleared and the ground smoothed out, we’ll spread hay to keep any dirt from washing off into the street during the next big rain.

As you can see, the Kuppersmith project is well on its way, both inside and out!


  1. It turned out I am in need of a professional consulting. My husband and I own a house in Bellevue where we have lived since 1986. Recently, we’ve been cleaning out our basement and discovered extensive efflorescence on the bottom portion of the concrete foundation walls and on the concrete slab next to it. We are going through several proposals from foundation repair companies but none of them really can tell us how the moisture found its way 9 ft below. The house sits on a hill and has a daylight basement.
    We feel like the most important issue in our case, before spending lots of money for concrete work itself, is to redirect a surface/rain water away from our house foundation. Most of foundation companies want to dig a foot trench 9 ft deep along front foundation which is very expensive.
    One suggestion sounds interesting. Since efflorescence shows only in the front foundation it was suggested to rebuild our front yard by removing all bushes, and sod. Next step is to increase slope (?) of the soil from the foundation wall toward the road, cover the soil with special geotech material (?) to prevent water from seeping through and put sod back on it.
    We would love to hear your opinion about this idea or maybe you can direct us somewhere.
    Thank you so much for your help in advance.
    Marianna Gershovich


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