Almost one year ago we saw our land for the very first time. It started as a joke, turned into a dream, and now (after oh so much waiting and debating) it is slowly becoming reality. My last house update was shared nearly 4 months ago. In some ways it feels like I have all kinds of news to share, in others ways the bits and pieces seem really uneventful.
But big or small, progress is progress.
At the end of my last post I shared a next steps list:
Arrange for the power lines to be ran.
Clean and purging our home.
Put our home on the market
Sell our home.
Have the driveway finished (gravel)
Get the official bid from the water company.
Get things ready for the concrete pad and radiant heat.
Pour the pad.
When I made this list I didn’t have a clue how things would change through the process. So looking at it months later, I am shocked to be able to cross this much off.
Let me explain…
The biggest item we crossed off was selling our home.
We cleaned, we purged, we listed, and we waited… for 11 days. Everyone said our home would sell quickly but when the offer came, we were very surprised. In the back of our mind we were prepared to be on the market for the long haul. I think we were just trying to not be overly optimistic.
With our home sold, we were able to officially purchase our land. Just over a week later the 6 acre plot was officially ours.
We had water put on the land the same week that we closed. I won’t get into exact numbers but let’s just say that it fell somewhere between ouch and wow. However, using rural water was the only good option in our location. Due to the mining history we could’ve dropped $20,000 on a well only to be told it was unusable. No thank you.
We met with the septic system contractor and cleared an area for him to run the lateral lines through. He is currently working with the county to acquire our permits for the system and the building. Those should be done soon.
One of the biggest hurdles left is having electricity ran to the property. It turns out they have a HUGE list of things they want you to accomplish before they will even think about putting power on your land. They want to know that you will be building soon and that you have plans to have a septic system in place, as well as having all of the proper building permits secured. We are SUPER close to the point of calling them and then we’ll be at the mercy of their waiting list.
Last week we had gravel put on our driveway. I have a feeling we’ll be adding some more around the time we move in, but it has made a big difference already.
While delivering loads of gravel, they also prepped the house site too. This was obviously the more important part of the two. You can see a HUGE difference between the above house site and the photo I shared earlier in this post (the third photo). There has been a lot of dozer work done to get to this point.
At home we’ve been spending a lot of time debating, hashing, and rehashing out floor plans. We’ve also done “important” things like picking out metal colors for the building. I opted to go with the white (which is really light gray) for the roof and charcoal for the sides. The windows and garage doors will be bright white. We want the building to be highly efficient and a lighter colored metal roof is 50-60% more efficient than traditional shingles. I hope I end up loving my choices.
So what next?
Ideally this will be my last update until we actually start on the building. Other than having power ran to the property, there just isn’t much left to do right now. So hopefully in about two months I’ll be sharing the beginning of the construction craziness. Until then I’ll be wasting my time on Pinterest finding idea after idea that we have to include 😆 .
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