Sunday, November 23, 2008

Activity, Movement, Progress

It's been a while since I posted but things are finally happening. When I last posted we had selected our alternate location. Well, now we have settled on a third and final location. The second location was wonderful but it turns out it was really on our brother's land and, while we could have swapped out a few acres, we decided to keep looking since the power lines were an issue. The new location is more south and west so we are closer to our Mom and Dad's place and farther away from the front gate, the family cemetery and the power lines. We thought the cemetery would be a peaceful view which is why we picked the location. Now we have the same cow fields you see on the Dachsies' blog as our front yards. The catfish pond is off to the west and we will be able to see it from Bec's back deck. Bec's house will face mostly north and my house will face northeast. Since Bec is going to have an extensive back deck, we decided the better (there is no bad) backyard view should be off of her deck. I will have a wrap-around covered porch on the front so I will have a better (still no bad) front view.

So many things have happened.

We had surveyors come out and set our boundaries. Since we bought the land as undivided acreage, we needed to each pull an acre out and bequeath our half interest to the other so each of us owns one acre outright. The surveyors are finishing up their work so we can get it recorded at the courthouse.

The state or the county or someone had decided that all house foundations need to engineered after a soil analysis is complete. We have the soil analysis and we have the engineered foundations plans.

We decided on a builder. The contracts are here and we just need to put the finishing touches on them and send them back. The builder has been talking to the bank to get approved. Once that is done we need to finish our final approvals at the bank. We have both been pre-approved but that is only good if nothing else messes up the works.

Bec has talked to the Emergency (911) System. They assign addresses. We might need to name our street since there will be three houses (mine, Bec's, Mom/Dad) on it. It can be an unnamed driveway for one or two houses. We put our head's together and came up with a few names which have historical significance to us. I did a search for similar street names and didn't get any hits so keep your fingers crossed that we get our first or, at least, second choice.

Bec started her new job a couple of weeks ago. She has almost an hour commute each way but she didn't take too much of a pay cut. She is busy settling in at the new job but, once that is behind her, she will look for something closer. At least she has something so there is no urgency to finding a different job.

We definitely have our house plans. We even had to get them flipped since we changed orientation to each other when we relocated. I'm loving my plans and can't wait to get that roof over my head. Bec's plans are just what she wants and is equally (or maybe even more) excited about getting started and finished with this project.

That seems to bring you up to date of the current status. As you can tell, lots of things have been happening. Maybe soon we can start posting construction pictures! How cool would that be?!:?!?