This week they’ve made enough progress that we can pour the slab next week. Because the forrest floor had a foot or two of loamy soil, they first had to dig down to firm soil.
Next, they began bringing in fill. They compacted the soil in layers with a giant rolling machine that gave us all flashbacks of living California as it shook the entire house from over 50ft away, simulating a series of earthquakes.
The footing was then excavated away from the newly compacted soil. Dirt was set piled up around the perimeter to use as backfill once the slab is complete.
My son wants to spend every waking moment at the site. A friend got him a digger for his birthday, which works especially well in the loose piles of soil around the footing, and he loves to play with his toy construction vehicles at a real construction site.