Quick photo gallery update showing the current progress. The basement was excavated and the foundation footings poured. Then came the basement walls with window and door openings (luckily Steve was on site and caught them missing 2 windows that I had clearly marked out with red spray paint and even wrote out VENTANA & PUERTA (window/door in spanish). Following a week of curing – 100 trucks of dirt were brought in to build up the grade for a walk out basement with a 1st level garage. We could have gone with out all the dirt and had a basement garage – but, decided that would grow old quickly. And given that dirt is FREE – it made the decision that much easier.