It feels like I just made “the big announcement” about our 6 acre purchase the other day and less than a month later I get to share with you our first progress update.
Since my last post we…
Have a plan for power. We spoke with the electric company and are now on the waiting list to have power lines ran to the edge of our property. From there we will put the lines underground to the house.
Learned more about getting water to the house. We were surprised to find out that getting the power lines ran should be inexpensive (likely completely free) but water, not so much. We have to bore under the road to get the lines ran to us then dig a trench to get them to the house 🙄 . The other alternative is a well but due to the location of the property there is a high potential for having to drill extra deep, putting a +20K (or more) price tag on a well. Suddenly boring the road doesn’t look too bad.
Cleared out our house site and our almost 150 yard driveway. We went out there to meet the dozer driver on Saturday, unsure of what would be accomplished, and by 6:00 it was all clear. I say all but I really just mean the northwest corner of our property. Now we have brush and firewood piles for
days years now…. seriously. We’ll be cleaning things up for a long time. I told Russ he was going to have to teach me to use the chainsaw 😯 .
The Clearing process…
We ended up having to clear more than we wanted to on the west side of our home. There was simply just too much dead stuff lying around and it needed to go. However, the South east view that will be in our living and dining room is great. I was also kind of shocked by how large the space we cleared out appeared. But then we started marking out where the house is going to be, it didn’t feel like such an open space anymore.
The house site, note the massive lumber pile on the left
Looking down the curvy driveway. The woods you see belong to us.
Standing on the house site.
Here is a look at our to-do list in no particular order. This list could take a long time or just a few months to complete. But eventually all progress will stop until we sell our home.
Arrange for the power lines to be ran.
Cleaning and purging our home.
Putting our home on the market
Selling our home.
Having the driveway finished (gravel)
Getting the official bid from the water company.
Getting things ready for the concrete pad and radiant heat.
Pouring the pad.
Several of you have asked what we are going to do when our home sells. The plan is to put our stuff in storage and move in with Russ’ parents, as long as they’ll still have us 😆 . Prayerfully our home will sell quickly so a lot of the big stuff can happen over the summer. But we know that God is in control and our home will sale in his timing, not ours. If I ever begin to doubt that, please remind me friends.
So right now more than ever things seem real. I still can’t believe this is happening and I am still hoping and praying that we made a wise choice in pursuing a dream. Thank you so much for sharing so much joy and excitement with us as we begin this journey.
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