Ever wonder how you attach the wood part of the cottage (or house) to the concrete foundation?
It is done using a special kind of bolt called an anchor bolt. These bolts are a 'J' shaped bolt which are inserted in the concrete just after it is poured. Enough of the threaded end of the bolt sticks out of the concrete so that it can go thorough and secure the sole plate of the framed walls using a washer and a nut.
The same kind of bolt is used to secure the post to a concrete pier, however, the posts are attached with a metal bracket called a saddle.
I'll provide illustrations of the bolts in both of these final configurations in a follow-up post.