Well, we finally dug the hole for our new home today. We'll have to see how the construction process goes this time. It's always interesting to see how a new homeplan works each time I see one built that I have designed. Hopefully, this one will work out well, because I'll have to live in it regardless. I just thought of something people often don't think about when building a home. My lot slopes a bit to the back so we are having to excavate into the hill to make room for the home. What most people forget is what happens to all that soil? You can't keep it all on the lot, and you can't just go put it somewhere. Most of the time, you have to pay someone to haul it off, and hope that someone else will be willing to take it. If you're really lucky, you can sell it. This is something that you must take into consideration and it is very hard to estimate the cost. I have heard of people paying up to $100,000 just to get the lot ready to build on. Keep that in mind when designing your home plan, and when selecting a building lot.