Bad news: Our "Tall-Crawl" aka daylight basement was going to require Engineering because of lack of lateral support for the back wall.
Good news: Josh thinks there is enough in the foundation budget to cover most of the costs to pour a slab. The slab will provide lateral support for all 3 concrete walls, and is something that we would have done anyways further down the road. Plus it gives us a LOT more usable storage downstairs (like, 1560 sq ft). Can you say temporary shop??
It was either spend $1000 now on Engineering plus whatever funky they would require... or buck up and spend $3k - $4k now for the slab and eliminate the Engineering costs. $1k now and $4k later, or $4k now. Easy decision. Especially since we had budgeted $15k for the site prep costs, and I've spent about $800 so far on rock for the road. Good thing we have an excavator! Taking DIY to the next level, and saving about $10k.
In other news: I picked up about 800' of conduit and PVC today for the water, sewer, communications and power. Were going to finish up the dig-out and run our conduits this weekend. Josh said our floorplans will arrive next week and we can apply for permits at the same time. Were about 2 weeks out before the foundation is poured!
No pics of the build, but here is Tyler :)