Dirt work started

Dirt work started

The builder had arranged to meet early this morning to stake out the lot in preparation for dirt work. To my surprise he let me know that the backhoe and bulldozer were on their way to get started on dirt work. This was a pleasant surprise. We thought we weren’t going to be able to start on that until next week. The poor weather we’ve had lately has jumbled everyone’s schedule and it turns out that we got jumbled to the front.

Work is continuing next door where a 6-unit development is going in. The first of the crew showed up about the time the general contractor did. They were laying down asphalt for the short road into the tiny subdivision.

We had to make a small change to the driveway on the spot. I recently had the site plan changed to make the driveway just a simple, straight shot from the road. Looked good in a PDF file, not so much in the real world. The spot where I had the driveway starting is about 2.5 feet above the grade of the road. It was much easier to bring it in pretty much in the middle of the lot and curve it over towards the property line. After we got it all staked out, I left the GC to it.

At lunch time we took the whole family to check on things. Our 4 year old son has been really looking forward to seeing the tractors out there working because, well, he’s a boy and boys get excited about that kind of stuff. Really excited. Things were pretty busy on our normally quiet little street. Trucks were coming and going as the neighbors paved their road.

Driveway

[![They cut down 2 feet for the driveway. We have pretty rich soil. Not a lot of clay that's so prevalent around here. Should be good for a garden.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/v1456632568/dirt-work-091_mnkcay.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/dirt-work-started/olympus-digital-camera-33/)
They cut down 2 feet for the driveway. We have pretty rich soil. Not a lot of clay that’s so prevalent around here. Should be good for a garden.
[![After jogging in from the road, the driveway straightens out approximately 175 feet to the house.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/v1456632568/dirt-work-092_ec6eym.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/dirt-work-started/olympus-digital-camera-34/)
After jogging in from the road, the driveway straightens out approximately 175 feet to the house.
[![There was a house or maybe a chicken house on the property in the past. The dozer revealed the foundation.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/v1456632567/dirt-work-093_jctbjo.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/dirt-work-started/olympus-digital-camera-35/)
There was a house or maybe a chicken house on the property in the past. The dozer revealed the foundation.
[![Our little man running around in the dirt. Quote of the day from him: "This is the best day ever!" We can all learn a thing or two about taking joy in the little things, like dirt, from a 4 year old.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/v1456632567/dirt-work-094_vaaaah.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/dirt-work-started/olympus-digital-camera-36/)
Our little man running around in the dirt. Quote of the day from him: “This is the best day ever!” We can all learn a thing or two about taking joy in the little things, like dirt, from a 4 year old.
[![My wife and son made "dirt" as a special after dinner treat to celebrate the day. After dinner we headed back out to the lot.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/v1456632566/dirt-work-095_i7upjr.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/dirt-work-started/olympus-digital-camera-37/)
My wife and son made “dirt” as a special after dinner treat to celebrate the day. After dinner we headed back out to the lot.
[![They brought in a load of red dirt for the driveway.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/v1456632566/dirt-work-096_ewiq92.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/dirt-work-started/olympus-digital-camera-38/)
They brought in a load of red dirt for the driveway.
[![This machine got a workout today.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/v1456632548/dirt-work-097_epxkpa.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/dirt-work-started/olympus-digital-camera-39/)
This machine got a workout today.
[![More of the old foundation. Beyond this point more grading and cleaning up was done since lunch.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/v1456632547/dirt-work-098_qc8uta.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/dirt-work-started/olympus-digital-camera-40/)
More of the old foundation. Beyond this point more grading and cleaning up was done since lunch.
[![There was a small Bradford Pear tree in the middle of this shot, it had to go because this is pretty much where the house will sit.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/v1456632546/dirt-work-100_dlmc4v.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/dirt-work-started/olympus-digital-camera-42/)
There was a small Bradford Pear tree in the middle of this shot, it had to go because this is pretty much where the house will sit. The shed will be removed.
[![This is more or less a view of where the garage will be.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/v1456632546/dirt-work-101_hmmjb0.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/dirt-work-started/olympus-digital-camera-43/)
This is more or less a view of where the garage will be.
[![This is an old door from one of the structures that was on the neighboring property and escaped being burned with all of the other debris when they stripped their property.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/v1456632545/dirt-work-102_w6aivw.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/dirt-work-started/olympus-digital-camera-44/)
This is an old door from one of the structures that was on the neighboring property and escaped being burned with all of the other debris.
[![Towards the right of the frame there was an area totally overgrown surrounding a dead tree and lots of fallen limbs and brush. All of that has been bulldozed away.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/v1456632545/dirt-work-103_sknonu.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/dirt-work-started/olympus-digital-camera-45/)
Towards the right of the frame there was an area totally overgrown surrounding a dead tree and lots of fallen limbs and brush. All of that has been bulldozed away.
[![I thought this pile would be bigger.](http://res.cloudinary.com/du6szur8v/image/upload/v1456632544/dirt-work-104_b5cvou.jpg)](http://www.raisingmodern.com/blog/dirt-work-started/olympus-digital-camera-46/)
I thought this pile would be bigger.
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