(Plus a few house updates) Before I begin talking about organic gardening... we wanted to give you a quick update. You may have noticed that we have been missing for a few weeks. Well... we ended up having to wait about 8 weeks for our septic permit to be approved. So, in the house building… Continue reading Organic Gardening for Beginners, Part 2
Personal and Literal Growth While We Wait They say waiting is supposed to help you grow. Apparently, it develops patience. Well... you would think we would have had bucket loads of patience by now. While we wait for septic and building permits to go through before our new home build can actually start I just… Continue reading Organic Gardening for Beginners
Surviving the construction loan closing like a pro If you have been following our house building journey for any amount of time... you might be wondering if we will ever actually build a house or if we just like talking about building a house! It may not seem like we know how to be closers.… Continue reading Be a Closer: A Construction Loan Closer
What can go wrong and how to avoid it happening to you! We've scrimped and saved. We've waited, agonized and prayed... and FINALY we heard back from the bank and the appraiser. Our first appraisal did not go well. In short, our project appraised for several thousand dollars less than it would cost to build.… Continue reading New Construction Appraisals
You probably already know that building a house usually takes longer than you might expect. But, do you know how long the build up is to building a house? Us either! So many people shared with us "Be prepared for delays. Building a house can take a long time." NO ONE said, however, "be prepared… Continue reading How Long Does It Take to Build a House?
Spring has (finally) arrived to our nine acre forest and, for heaven's sake, we're so glad!! Winter felt like it would never leave us. Now, when we walk through our property no two walks are the same. There is an exciting emergence of brand new baby leaves, strange plants I've never seen and flower buds… Continue reading Growing Deeper Roots… Literally
I've known people who have designed and built their dream home only to walk in when it's finished and say... 'we hate it, we don't want to live here.'" -REALTOR WE MET. NAME: UNKNOWN Ummm... what??!! One day while David and I were creepily touring a new construction model home (with absolutely no intention to… Continue reading How To Build A Home With No Regrets
Clearing land is no joke people. Picture nine acres of forest, never inhabited by anything but squirrels, deer, birds and rabbits (Snow White's dream property! -minus the dwarfs). Imagine tall tree after tall tree, wild grape vines, wild rose bushes, raspberry bushes and blueberry bushes. Imagine meandering little streams running through the woods on their… Continue reading Well… We’re Stumped!
How to achieve your goals when cash is tight. Plus, four things you need to know about construction loans... Whether you are trying to build your dream home, begin a project you’ve been waiting forever to tackle or have another goal that seems impossible because of … well, money, read on to discover the money… Continue reading Little Money, Big Dreams
"I didn't know how to do all of this! Do we get a loan first and then get a contractor? Do we get a contractor and then a loan? When is the first time you actually have to pay your contractor? Would a contractor laugh at me if I didn't already have financing? Would a… Continue reading Building a Home: Where On Earth Do We Start?