Here is the initial digging of the foundation. Lots of dirt to be carried away. The foundation is so deep because of our shifty Texas soil. The Forno Bravo instructions for the oven call for a 4 inch deep foundation or so, this one is four FEET. That's the judgment of the contractor. This thing isn't going anywhere.
I had some issues with the crew not orienting the hole in the exact right direction. They had to come back and dig out a little more to rotate clockwise about 10 degrees or so. I wanted it facing a certain way so you faced it coming off the old patio toward the oven.