Things are moving right along..
This is the current state of the back door. The forms have been removed from the concrete, and you can see the spacer for the drainage sticking through. And the Bituthene waterproofing is in place below the ground line.
You can also see how much above the "ground line" the ground actually is.. currently everything below the sill plate is underground, but there will be some excavation in back to bring it down to where it needs to be. The lot is MUCH higher in the back of the house than in the front, where we'd been taking our measurements, so there was some drama about the need for a real retaining wall.. That'll be a post for another day.
<-- This is a slightly different view of the same area, just to the right of the back door, under the back stairs. You can see the MiraDrain water permeable fabric, which will help keep the crud out of the drain lines and the sump pump. It goes down below the clean crushed gravel, the first batch of which was delivered Thursday. There's much, much more to be backfilled in, but they're doing it one section at a time to minimize the chances of the dirt collapsing into the pits.
<--You can see a little collapsing anyway, on the side of the house.
On Friday, the plumber was here working on the new sewer lateral (a requirement when property changes hands in Alameda, we would've had to do this even if we hadn't done any renovations). The guys had cleaned up the wonky, leaky temporary line, so he had a much nicer time than he might've. He was nice enough to give us a 15 minute warning on cutting it open, so there were no icky surprises.