Finally, after months of tearing things down, ripping things out, and blowing things up, we are starting to build something. Below is the excavation with about 60 yards of crushed stone.Finally flat!

On Monday, Craig Mello arrived with his crew and started laying out the footings after a lot of questions, dimension checking, and triangulating. I was very impressed with how thorough he was. And until someone invents a concrete eraser that is the way to go about this business. These are the types of footings with which most people are familiar.

Normal footing

And this is what we call in these parts a Cape Ann footing. Finish carpentry skills are definitely an asset here because the forms are essentially scribed to the ledge (what bedrock is called around here.)

Cape Ann footing

Last week we decided it would be a nice gesture to provide a quality lunch room for the contractors. Yes, we may use it too before the summer is out too. Hmmm, I think we may need a grill now!