We Got A House!

We Got A House!

It seems like we keep getting closer and closer to acheiving our dream. The week started out with my husband getting a job where we would be moving, and ended with us putting a deposit on a home. I have always wanted to live in a log cabin, I just love them so much. Part of the original dream was to have a gorgeous log cabin on our land overlooking the rolling hills, with an entire wall of huge bay windows. Imagine something like this:

Gorgeous right? We figured, ok no problem. We buy the land, live with family while we build a log cabin, then move in and roll the mortgage and land loan into one monthly payment. Easy! Well…..turns out log cabins are crazy expensive to build. Like stupid expensive. Know what’s also expensive? Buying 20 acres of land. So…building a log cabin went off the table. Now we faced the decision, ok where are we going to live? Building a house would also be expensive, and with two small boys that are going to continue to grow, we needed square footage. More square feet = more money. And we didn’t really like the idea of building a house that wasn’t our dream house.

That’s when we decided on a temporary manufactured home. They are cheap, have the square footage we needed, and didn’t take long to build. We could pop this up on our property, live comfortably for a few years, then build our dream home when we could afford it.

After deciding this was the route we wanted to take, we needed to figure out what house we liked. I went into Clayton Homes with very low expectations, and I was pleasantly surprised. The homes are gorgeous. I had no idea how pretty they could be on the inside. If you are thinking of buying one, I can assure you will be pleased with how they look. We got lucky and were able to buy the house right off the lot, so we will get it on our property even faster. Here’s our new home.

Sorry the pictures are dark, they didn’t have power. The house is a little over 2400 sq ft. We have 4 bedrooms, and a bonus den which will be the boys playroom. We will be more than happy living here for a few years. Hopefully if all goes well, we should be moved in by January, so a little over 2 months. I need to get packing!

Thanks for reading!

Bush Hogging for a Perc

Bush Hogging for a Perc

When we saw our land for the first time, I wasn’t necessarily 100% sold. My husband was excited, but I couldn’t help but think, “its so ugly!” This wasn’t the land you go out on and look around and admire it’s beauty. Its scrubby, brushy, hard to walk on, and it was hard for me at first to see any potential. I kept pushing for another property instead of this one.

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Luckily my husband has better vision than me, and can see the potential of what the land can become.  We can clear the “ugly brush” easily with a bulldozer, then plant grass around our house, use the rest of the land for the homestead projects, and all those scrubby trees will eventually become tall pine trees. I didn’t know that. This plot was a little over 19 acres listed for about 2k less an acre than the going rate for our area, so we would have been crazy not to jump on it.

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One of the reasons we wanted to buy land and start from scratch, is so we can start our dream homestead. Which is why we need relatively flat and cleared land for greenhouses, pastures, crops, chickens, pigs…whatever we want to do with it to sustain our family, and possibly one day have a profitable farm. So this land ended up being perfect. Easier to clear without having a bunch of huge trees to cut down, and enough trees to have some privacy and a pretty view from our windows. Now I don’t see the ugliness anymore, I see the potential and what its going to become, and it’s really exciting.

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We haven’t closed on the property yet, our offer is contingent upon a 3 bedroom perc. In case you don’t know, a perc test (percolation test) is a test to determine the water absorption rate of soil in preparation for the building of a septic drain field (leach field) or infiltration basin. So basically, we want to make sure the soil can handle a septic system for a 3 bedroom house. If the land doesn’t perc….well….we have some thinking to do.

In order to complete the perc test, we needed to clear some of the land so the guy could actually walk out there and test the soil. This weekend, we rented a skid steer and started clearing some of the land. This was especially exciting for us, because it was the first time we got to actually go out there and start doing something to make it ours!

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First we had to determine where we wanted our driveway. If my husband was going to be cutting into the land to clear it, it may as well be where we eventually are going to have our driveway. We choose to put this in the middle of our road frontage.

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According to a soils expert in the area, the only area that would *probably* perc, was the front 2 acres. So we are planning on having our leach field in the front of the property, and having our house further back so you can’t see it as easily from the road. The homesite is higher up in elevation than the leach field, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

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Here’s the area he cleared (well, bush hogged) for the septic. It may not look like much, but this was ALL brush before he started.  He ended up bush hogging about half an acre or so for the perc testing to be done. This will eventually become the location for our septic and leach field.

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Next it was time to bush hog the homesite, and the driveway leading up to the homesite. We had already marked out these areas with our realtor, so he just had to clear a path so we could walk out there.

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This will eventually be the driveway, leading back to our house.

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Then this will be our homesite. In the last picture you can sort of see where there is a view of rolling hills. It was hard to capture on camera.

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It doesn’t look like much now, but its so exciting to be able to actually start making progress to make this land ours. We are finally starting to see defined areas of where things are going to be, and walk around more easily. The next step, after closing of course, will be to actually clear it with a bulldozer!

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Thanks for reading, and following me on this journey to live out our dream.

Here are some pictures I took while walking around, finding the beauty in the ugly land. Enjoy!

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It Starts with a Dream

It Starts with a Dream

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My husband and I have had the same dream for a while now. Living in a small town, having lots of acreage, starting a homestead, and giving our children a wholesome life.  I want to wash the dishes with an open window to a view of empty land that is mine. Not to my neighbors backyard.

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Dreams like this are sometimes hard to achieve. For one, they cost money. Two, it’s easy to get distracted with everyday life and loose sight of your dreams. My husband has to go to work everyday to provide for our family. His job is intense, and stressful, and he is almost never “off the clock.” His work takes up most of his headspace, always worrying about what needs to be done, who he needs to call, how to solve issues that are most likely going to arise. I am a stay at home mom to two adorable little boys, a 3 year old full of energy, and a 1 year old who wants to be just like his big brother. They fill my life with happiness, but also drain my energy. By the end of each day my husband and I have almost nothing extra to give to each other, or for future planning.

Lately we have found ourselves at a crossroads. Things cannot continue the way they are, he is not happy, I am not happy…the life we are living is not the life we want to have. We live in a relatively big city, the capitol of our state. Life is fast here. Lots of people, lots of traffic. We share walls with our neighbors, and don’t even have enough parking spots to park our cars.  If you leave the house without your ezpass your screwed. It takes an hour to go anywhere, even if its a couple miles away, just because traffic is that bad.

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Do those pictures give you anxiety? Because they give me anxiety, yet this is what I am looking at on a daily basis.  I know there are people out there that are the opposite of me. Those homes look luxurious, and the idea of living on a farm sounds terrible.  To me, the idea of living like we have been living for the rest of our lives sounds terrible. I crave the peace and comfort of a small farming town.

My husband and I both grew up in small towns.  I remember growing up I used to ask my parents why they brought me out to the middle of nowhere. The town I called home was one of those places that had one main road, and all the stores and restaurants were found on that road. If you went the two miles down the boulevard and didn’t see what you were looking for, then it wasn’t there.  When I went to my husbands hometown for the first time, I recognized the same boulevard that hosted the towns attractions. He was embarrassed to show me his lame little town, but I felt that nostalgic recognition.

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Now that I am older, I find myself wanting to be back to a small town out in the middle of no where. With the world getting scarier, and our sanity about to break, its time to finally make that dream become a reality. Ready or not, it has to happen and its going to happen, and we couldn’t be more excited!

We are in the process of buying 19 acres of land back in the region of our parents. There is a lot to be done. The property was logged for trees several years back, so the land is mostly overgrown brush. Its not pretty right now, but we can see the potential. Its going to be a long road, a lot of money, and a lot of work…but when this is my backyard and my kids are eating vegetables from our gardens and chicken from our coop, it will all be so worth it.

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I am excited to start on this next chapter of our lives, and I’m going to bring you along every step of the way…farming, cooking and all!