We stopped by the block last night to check out our new piers. They're almost all done (there were more than I thought!).
Just a note to anyone about to build on a small block: soil removal is usually an extra charge (check your tender carefully. It will probably be under 'site costs') because, usually, it is avoidable - they can either build up some of the block or spread it over the yard. But, when you have a small block-to-house ratio (like us), the soil will likely need to be removed as there isn't much "yard." At the moment we're looking at about $900, but we'll let you know.
Also, our relations with our neighbours have hit an all-time low. I won't go into any further detail at this time, but it never ceases to amaze me the level of drama people seem to like to create in their lives.
Anyhoo, we'll update with photos as soon as we can get to the block while the sun's out!