Tomorrow, I think I'm going to aim to stop by at 6PM or later, since the 2 guys on the site today when we got there (a little after 5) didn't seem completely excited to meet us (and I have to admit I wasn't totally excited to meet them either). They were nice enough though, but neither spoke much English, and my Spanish probably betrayed the fact that I haven't used it since CXC in 1997. Plus, the days are getting longer, so we'll have more evening sun to take pictures :)
Anyways, we were a little underwhelmed by the grading (pics later) -- it just seemed like very little, and I'm beginning to realize I have no perspective at all when it comes to estimating the size of the completed house. The cleared area seems so small to me, especially compared to the size of the lot. But then I look at the space that's left for the septic and pool, and they don't seem like they could fit! Ten feet also seems much shorter to me now than it used to as well. That being said, I got to introduce myself this afternoon as the "home owner", which was awesome (made it feel like there's really going to be a home to own).
After we left, we realized they hadn't filled in the septic profile holes, so we're hoping the septic company will do that when they start work. At least there's a proper fence now, so those gaping holes are a lot safer than they were yesterday. Still trying to be patient, on to the pics!
So this is taken from the same spot as the last pic from yesterday. It's pretty easy to spot one of the dead trees (the leftmost one from yesterday) is now gone. If you're really keeping track, you'll also notice that the tree that would have been in the middle of the house (second from the right on yesterday's photo) is also gone.
As promised :)
All the framing for the foundation is already there.
This appears to be all the grading they did, to make this corner (back right) the same level as the front right corner. Was supposed to be about 18", and we're expecting that they'll backfill this area after the house is done, so water isn't draining toward the house here.
The whole footprint of the house, cleared (this is from the back left of the lot, facing the street). This remaining tree may have to go too, but we're going to stake the foundation before we decide.