Well our November 1st ground breaking date has come and gone. Still we are waiting on the permits. They have been approved by most of the departments but the person in charge of drainage is known to be a bit of a curmudgeon. He had 3 pages of notes before he had even looked at the site plans. He did not look at the plans because they were not submitted in the 11×7 format he will accept. All other departments had no problems. We are now adding a ditch for drainage because it will be easier and faster than getting an signed easement agreement from the neighbour. Currently the run off from the pond leaves the property via a pipe that comes out at the property line into what is now a small creek on the neighbours property. In the summer it is empty because the pond level is low.
We have met with a landscape architect and he has shown us some amazing plans for the property. There is a formal garden, vegetable garden, sports court, play area, path that is almost exactly 1/4 mile around the property, fire pit, expansion of the pond, several little seating nooks, and a plan to make the under side of the forested area more natural again. This will all be done in phases. Steve was excited when he saw the plans I loved them but immediately thought about how much that would cost. I guess that is why we will do it in phases. The formal garden and vegetable gardens will go in when the craft cabin/man cave go in. The sport court and play area will be later. We will probably gradually bring the forested area back to a more natural state as well. I am also hoping to do some screening along the shared fence line with one of our neighbours. The horse and the llamas I don’t mind but the shirtless old guy mowing the lawn I could do without.
We are trying to get everything in place so when the permits come through we can get started. We have to get a person in to take care of some asbestos that is in the house on the site now before we do demo. That can be done now so we will be ready to knock everything down and tear out the odd cement water feature that has not worked for years.
We are still thinking finish for the house will be 2016 but it will be a bit later in the year than we were hoping. We were hoping for February or March and now it may be May or June. So maybe we will be having great bbqs and summer parties at our new place in 2016. The craft cabin/man cave should be done sometime in 2017 then I will be having girls craft time a lot. Steve will probably be hiding in his area alone or maybe he will invite one or two friends to join him. I am also thinking that in Christmas 2016 we will have a Christmas party and I will be doing an ornament exchange. I will have lots of room.
Will keep everyone up to date. Maybe Steve will post some of the plans for everyone to check out.