This morning, the backhoes fired up and dug into our land. Once the excavators have finished their part, the building contractors come in to pour the foundation. From that point, they tell us we should move in after about 140 days.
Last night, on my way home from work, I stopped by the property to see where the builders had staked out the site for the excavators to do their thing. I started pacing out the stakes, measuring the setbacks and the dimensions based on the location of the stakes. After pacing the front and the back of the house, I noticed that they had made an error and were planning to make our house a little trapezoidal. We made a quick call to the builder and had him re-stake it so the excavators would dig their hole the right shape.
We narrowly averted a big inconvenience. From that experience, I’ve learned that I should keep a close eye on the progress, because even the professionals can make silly mistakes.
This photo was taken at the end of the first day of work.