Home Build Day 1 – Digging the Hole

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So, this happened today.  After nearly 15 years together, my husband and I are finally going to own our own home!  Today the bulldozer came in and dug a hole for our basement.  It hasn’t seemed real until now, but here we are.  Standing (literally) on the edge of tomorrow.  Dan sat at the site for a couple of hours this afternoon and watched them dig the hole.  He even walked the perimeter and helped lay the silt bags at one point.  In the afternoon, after I got home from work, we drove up there with the kids and let them watch.  Katie is really into big machines, so the bulldozer was very exciting for her.  Andy was even showing some excitement by clapping his hands and exclaiming “this gonna be our house!”.  Tomorrow they will put in the footings and the drains.  The man who was working the dozer told us we were building on a good piece of land because our lot sits on rock.  He said when he got to the bottom of the hole, he was hitting rock instead of sinking in like he did with some lots.  I guess that’s a good thing.  He said it means we will have less settling from the foundation and a dryer basement.  That’s good because we definitely don’t want a repeat of the moldy apartment in Washington.  Anyway, this is it!  Day one of our adventure of finally building a house.  Enjoy the pics. More to come.

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