This evening I met with our basement excavator and walked the site to show him how we wanted thing. He'll start digging tomorrow. It's exciting to actually break ground, literally, for the house. He should have it finished up by Saturday evening. Our foundation guy will be starting on Wednesday of next week, so the excavator may leave a foot or so un-excavated in case it rains (it's not good to set the forms in mud).
While I was there I took a few pictures of the house site prior to the basement hole being cut. I should have more pictures tomorrow of a hole. Stay tuned.