We have finished the layout of this single story cottage on the beach and now have started with the excavation. We will be going down a minimum of 1 meter, and maybe more depending on the soil conditions. As it is only one story and will not have high structural loading, we are not planning on tie beams, but will make the final decision on this after we test the soil. While part of our labor force is digging we have others cutting and tieing the rebar frames for the reinforced concrete footings and columns.