Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Back in March we sold our house after being on the market for 8 months. I was a little leery that we weren't going to be able to sell it, especially in this housing market slump. But at the time the government was offering the first time home buyer credit that had me wishing it would sell. So I guess 8 months isn't that bad. Once the house sold we didn't want to jump into anything and settle on something that we could make work. I wanted something that would work for our entire family. So in the meantime, we are renting a duplex. We looked at houses and just were not finding the "right" one.

So we thought maybe we should look at land and possibly build instead. I really liked this idea because then we can make it just how we want. So a different type of search began and let me tell you, looking at houses is more fun than looking at land. When looking at houses there is something physical in front of me and a house to walk through, when looking at land there is nothing except dirt. I am not a visionary or an imaginative person, so it was hard for me to look at a piece of empty land and visualize a house in front of me. At least when we were looking at houses there was something physical there and I could say I like this part and I don't like that part. But that is also going to be the benefit of building because when I walk into my new house I won't be able to walk around and say I don't like that. I WILL like it ALL (at least I hope).

We didn't look long before we found the piece of land we fell in love with. It was the right size/acreage, same school district, perfect location (just a little bit out of town but not too far) and the best part is that it has lake-front access. Now before you get too excited, this lake isn't the type of lake that you would go skiing on but it is big enough to take a small boat out on and go fishing. Travis is already getting excited about taking Tyler fishing and how to modify his Kid Kart so his fishing pole will be attached to his chair. I guess, boys need to be boys :-)

So now the planning begins. We have already met with an architect and he has drawn up some plans to meet our needs. We are needing to make a few changes to the plans but we are well on our way. One of the things that I am most excited about is making a house accessible for Tyler. He will have his very own bathroom with roll-in shower, wider doorways throughout the house and an open concept. I am sooo excited!!!

Now if we can just move in tomorrow, my dreams would come true. But I guess that's not going to happen.

View from the road - we have a total of 2 acres

We are standing about where the back of the house will be.

Travis & Tyler in front of the lake.


Lisa said...


It is beautiful! I can't wait to watch the progress as your dream home becomes a reality :)

Isaac said...

That is so exciting Diane! What a beautiful location! When do you expect to break ground?
Good luck with everything! Can't wait to see this adventure unfold for you!

Brad Gibbs said...

That looks like the perfect place to build a house!

Diane said...

Thanks guys, we are really excited.

Amanda-we have a lot of prep work to do before we break ground (finalize the house plans, find a builder-we are currently getting bids and get a construction loan. Then we can start. I am hoping by November, so cross your fingers :)

The Horn Family said...

How exciting to be able to build a house that will meet Tyler's needs.

Audrey Sue's Mommy said...

How exciting!! It looks like your dream house will fit nicely!! Can't wait to watch the progress.