For those of you who are new to this blog, we purchased 3.25 acres of wooded land this past summer. It was partially developed, there is an existing driveway and landscaping as well as some
poor drainage. It’s a steep hilly lot, but it’s build-able, and so we began. Step number one was to play in the dirt. Turns out that playing in the dirt was not only expensive, but a deterrent to the big excavating that has to happen to make ready for the house next year, plus we are the proud owners of an ice skating rink on the top of the hill. (One step backwards…..no one in our family ice skates either)
The second step was to build a garage. In the event that we sold our current house before the new modular can be set, we’d have a place to store our belongings. This proved to be a much more time consuming, difficult task than I think
Mr. Gray anyone imagined. The concrete cost a small fortune, in fact, we chose to just do the footings because pouring the whole floor seemed cost prohibitive. Looking back, it might have been cheaper to have it poured after all but hindsight is 20/20 right? Ahem. So the garage is built, but our original plan (storage) is blown because we have a dirt floor. Not much is going to survive storage on a dirt floor without mildew/moisture becoming a problem. (Two steps backwards)
These two helpd with the roofing because Mr. Gray has a serious fear of heights. Enter the next issue, which is that we had two different colored shingles…so Mr. Gray got creative. It works. If all goes well, it’ll be replaced with standing seam in a few years anyway.
The final problem (third step back, in which we fall on our butts) is that now this garage, is (according to the excavator) is in the way. It left us little room to manuever the heavy equipment needed to complete excavation, landscaping, boulder moving, basement digging etc. *sigh* It is what it is at this point, but it’s put a significant dent in our housing cost. As I said, it’s a steep, complicated wet piece of property, it needs to be done right, who wants a basement full of water? I’ve been there, done that, no thank you.
So…..until next time!