After breaking ground on the lot for the nearby Savoy last week, work began on digging the foundation hole in earnest today. In the last few hours, significant excavation has taken place and I'm confident they'll be putting footings in before the end of the week.
Our house is no more than about 200 feet from where the new one will be built, but houses from Ryan Homes are so well constructed and sealed for maximum energy efficiency that I can hear very little of the construction noise coming from the heavy machinery at work. Mostly it's just the occasional beeping you hear when a vehicle is reversing.
Here's a picture after work had ended for the day: