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A Project Delayed, But Not Denied

A Project Delayed, But Not Denied

Construction 300x200 A Project Delayed, But Not DeniedAs you can probably tell by the month since my last post, I’m insanely busy right now.

When we found out last fall I had cancer, it was right at the time we were going to begin building our house on our property.  In fact I had my surgery the day we had scheduled to pour our foundation.

Needless to say we had pushed out that foundation pour a few weeks so that we could see what happened with me.  When the pathology report came back confirming cancer and the decision was made to begin chemotherapy we decided to put the whole construction project on hold until this spring.

Well, this spring rolled around and I was in remission.  Not feeling perfect of course, but hanging in there.  I called my builder to get updated quotes on materials and labor, and started the ball rolling again.

And then I got a call from the guy we’re renting from.  Last year he’d gotten divorced, and the tax implications of that resulted in a need for him to sell the house we’re renting.

Suddenly the flexible timeline we were working with for construction became a whole lot less flexible, and so our plans had to change.  Quickly.

After a quick consultation with my contractors, we decided to build a largish shop building (pole-style) and put some living quarters into it.  We could get into that much quicker than a regular house, and cheaper as well.

Well, as soon as weather cooperated this spring we started off.  We’ve been at it for a few months now, and have a few months left to go.

Scheduling has been a nightmare, keeping my builder on task and on time has been a nightmare. There are days where I feel like I’m burning the candle at 6 ends, between day job, family, managing the construction, and doing ‘stuff’ there.  But it’ll all be worth it.

We’re paying for everything with cash, we’re not taking a mortgage or construction loan.  So there have been delays due to not having cash on hand, and there are a few things that have had to get pushed out until after we move in or just before we move, for cash flow reasons.  But again, that’ll be worth it too…

Thankfully the house we’re renting hasn’t sold yet, so that clock hasn’t run out yet.  We’ll have about two months to move once it does sell, so at this point we should be fine, time wise.

Boy will it be nice to have this done…

Basic Homestead Site Planning

Basic Homestead Site Planning

Since we’re building our house this year, or at least STARTING the house this year, we’ve been doing some site planning. Site planning is clearly a pretty important thing since if you DON’T plan you’re stuck with wherever you put stuff.  Hard to move a house, you know… Focus, Focus, Focus Anyhow, the first stepContinue Reading

An Update From The Homestead

An Update From The Homestead

So, lots of changes and updates over the last couple days.  A few decisions, and lots of fun. As I’ve said before, we hope to build a house on our property this year.  A few weeks ago we finalized the plans for said house and today I got the last quotes for the actual constructionContinue Reading

Trees, Trees, Glorious Trees

Trees, Trees, Glorious Trees

So enough of all the heavy stuff for this week, let’s talk about something a little lighter. This winter we’re going to be planning out more of our site at the new property.  Deciding where to put trees, gardens, buildings, etc. One thing I want to do is get some trees in as early asContinue Reading

Thoughts on Buying Land

Thoughts on Buying Land

Jared left a comment today about his desire to buy a place with room to spare.  That jogged my memory that I was going to share a few of my thoughts on the topic of buying land. By and large I don’t distinguish between land you’re buying to live on, to homestead on, or asContinue Reading

Moving To The Next Phase

Moving To The Next Phase

I alluded to it yesterday, but today I’m going to announce a pretty big change. We’ve decided to expedite our moving plans, and are going to be moving within the next couple weeks to a new home near our land in Eastern Washington. We’ll be getting it nailed down before school starts. We’ve found aContinue Reading

And A Decision Is Made…

And A Decision Is Made…

So my wife and I, along with a couple of kids, went out to The Farm this last weekend.  The public goal was to visit and prepare for a major family gathering later on this week. The secondary and hidden reason was for my wife and I to go look at a few rental homesContinue Reading

Planting Our Orchard

Planting Our Orchard

This spring we planted a total of 51 trees in our new orchard. We have a nice hill with perfect southern exposure so it gets plenty of light. It’s not too steep so water shouldn’t run off too fast. We’re also considering putting in a few swales to keep more water on the hill, butContinue Reading

A Holiday Weekend With The Kearneys

A Holiday Weekend With The Kearneys

So as I mentioned in my last post, we had an extended visit to the Property, or ‘The Farm’ as the kids like to call it. I despise crossing the Cascades west-bound on any holiday weekend, so instead of coming back Monday, we stayed until Tuesday. While most of the weekend was spent relaxing andContinue Reading

Gee, Where Did Rudy Go?

Gee, Where Did Rudy Go?

Sorry for being awol for a few days, but we decided to take a last minute trip out to the property to visit with my folks and have some recreational time. We also wanted to review the site we had planned for the new house we’re building. My wife and I both had a fewContinue Reading

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