Our House Building Saga - Land Clearing & More

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Industry Observer

We are starting to make baby steps toward getting our lot ready to build on as soon as the city approves our building plans, and the construction loan is ready to close.  And each step is exciting to watch since it makes it feel more and more real - yes, we are truly going to have a new house this year!

 

Land clearing begins

In the last several days, the contractors & crew have taken down a few trees that were right in the path of the proposed house, and cleared off LOTS of overgrown shrubs, ground cover, and blackberry mounds. Ahhhh, now we can actually see dirt!

 

Ready for temporary power

The poles for the temporary power are up, complete with a sign with our address number.  Actually seeing that sign made me dive for my camera to capture the first glimpse of "our address".  The silt fencing is in place to keep the rain from taking all that newly uncovered dirt and washing it right off of the lot.  The "danger, construction zone" signs are in place.

And the MOST exciting step happened yesterday - the contractors staked out the perimeters of where the house will be built!  I got to go stand in the "living room", saunter on over to the "master bedroom and bath"  (Never mind that there are still some tree stumps in the master bath - they will be out of here when the guys are back to break ground for the foundation).

 

Staking out a new house

Hanging out at the lot admiring the future house location also gave me a chance to chat with multiple neighbors.  And just like when I am working with buyers, it is true that you learn the most interesting things from the neighbors!  More info about the previous owner, the scuttlebutt about the neighborhood path at the end of the street that leads to the paved walking trail.  That great feeling of realizing your soon to be neighbors are friendly and welcoming.

So just as I already suspected, the hardest part of this construction process will be waiting until the house is completed and we can move in! 

 

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Debbie Reynolds
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How exciting Nancy. How much longer do you think it will be to get the plans approved by the city? We are yet to start our new house and waiting on some dirtwork to be completed first.

Jan 21, 2014 07:03 AM #1
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Nancy Conner
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Hi Debbie!  We are hoping to hear something from the city by the end of this week (though in reality it could be another week or two beyond that).  I'm just SO eager to actually see that house start going up....  What is the proposed timing on yours?

Jan 21, 2014 07:09 AM #2
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AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
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Nancy - Congratulations on the progress... it must be incredibly exciting for you.  I hope to see some photos of the finished product down the road.

Jan 21, 2014 07:49 AM #3
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Francine Viola
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Wow - great to see progress already!  Cool!

Jan 21, 2014 09:22 AM #4
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Nancy Conner
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Thanks AJ - and yep, I'll have some more "in progress" posts & pix ... and definitely one when we're clear done!
Jan 21, 2014 11:30 AM #5
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Nancy Conner
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Hi Francine! I know it - I get ridiculously excited to see each little step!
Jan 21, 2014 11:31 AM #6
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Lottie Kendall
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It looks like you chose a beautiful lot on which to build.

Jan 23, 2014 02:22 AM #7
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Nancy Conner
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Thanks Lottie! We're excited that it backs up to a wonderful paved walking/jogging/bicycle trail! We currently live along a more northern stretch of that same trail, and didn't think we'd ever get lucky enough to still have that perfect trail access once we moved. (our dog will be really happy too!)
Jan 23, 2014 06:48 AM #8
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