So, now I have the house addition started and the Photovoltaic system in progress, I really need one more thing to do...... The barn addition seemed like the right thing heap on. So, I rented an excavator to complete the basement excavation.
This worked out well, but the bucket was pretty small as you can see from this view of the finished hole.
I also dug a ditch to install drainage pipes so the the excavation wouldn't become a bathtub