Just got word that we have officially closed on the land purchase. We meet with the architects tomorrow afternoon to start the design phase.
Well we are signing the closing papers tomorrow so it looks like we will be spending the next year and then some building a house. The feasibility issues have been resolved and we will be able to fit the house where we want it.
I went and walked with the builder and the wetland specialist to get an idea of where the wetland borders were and the buffers that would be needed. It is all very low grade wetland so the buffers are small and the areas are not places we wanted to build. We will be able to use our large field for playing which is what we were concerned about. Also the area is smaller than we originally thought and does not extend to where the current house is. Oddly enough the pond is not wetlands because it is clearly man made. We are very glad about that. Now we have to get an official report and submit it to the county for them to review and approve or edit the boundaries. A process we have been told can take up to 6 months. During that time we will be working on the design of the home and hopefully come up with something we both like so we are able to submit paperwork for permit approval as soon as wetland boundaries have been established and recorded.
Steve sent a picture of a Frank Lloyd Wright house for sale in the area as our dream home. While I do love the home it is not what I envision with kids. We have a huge file of pictures of things we like. I am thinking about going through and taking out the ones I don’t like LOL. Steve may not even notice.
I want to confirm with Steve and make sure he sticks to my craft cabin being built the same time as the house or it may never get done. As that is my real dream area of this whole thing. Plus I will have somewhere to go if the stress of this whole process causes tension once we move in.
Look for more posts soon about how the design process is going for us and if we are able to compromise on what we want and merge it into one home.
We walked the property with our architect on Friday so he could show us approximately where he thinks the buffer would be in relation to our building area. While we were there we discovered a lot of water running down the hill to the pond that we have not seen previously. We are hoping this drys up before Monday when the lady doing the wetlands study comes out to asses and mark the buffers officially on the property.
Our architect has told us that he gets the sense that she really wants to work with us as there is no critical area and no plant or animals are in the areas. It is mostly due to soil type and a kind of weed thing that grows in wetland areas that it is classified as that. I will hopefully be going out on Monday to walk the property with them when they go.
We have to give the go ahead by Wednesday. Of course Steve is out of town for work so I am going to be doing this myself this week. At that point we are saying we are satisfied or not with the feasibility. If it is a go then we move to closing. After that getting the wetlands study accepted by the county which can take up to 6 months. The lady our architects have recommended is one the county deals with regular y and has a very good reputation with them so they may just accept her findings and not worry about sending their own person out to confirm her findings. That would be best case.
During that time we will start designing the actual house based on the report we have submitted to the county. Then if they approve it as is we will be ready to go to submit building permits. That could be another 3 months or so for approval. Which means it is likely that the earliest we would start building is 9 months from now then probably another 12 months for construction. So maybe by Christmas 2014 we will be done.
I am hoping we have at least a informal design done on the house before we go to Hawaii.