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Our Lot Gets Cleared

This is part of a continuing series that journals our new home being built. Sharing our journey and tips we've learned along the way. See all our journal entries.




We have chosen our lot, picked the plan and chosen interior and exterior options.

Our next step will be for all the permits to be acquired for our lot and then for our house to be staked out. Then we get an opportunity to meet with Steve, the superintendent, and walk the lot with him. Can't wait for that. That will be our first chance to speak with the man who will direct the building of our house.

We want to tell him which trees we hope can be preserved and perhaps see if we can keep some of the rock that will be dug up. Also we are eager to share with him all the little nuances about our home.

Don't think I mentioned that our lot is somewhat rocky. The whole area is rocky. That seems like a negative and in some ways it is. Digging a hole for a petunia might not be easy. But the rock is very beautiful and we hope we can use some of it for landscaping purposes.


mushrooms growing in woods
Picturesque mushrooms on the lot.


Between the rocks making it hard to dig, the shade from the lovely woods and the friendly deer who like to eat just about everything - we don't think we will be planting much of a garden at this house.

Instead, we are hoping to have a small yard with lots of perennials, dogwoods and cedars. We also have our eyes on Beauty Bush, azaleas, Yoshino cherry trees (Vickie told us about her love of those) and crepe myrtles.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Don't think we've mentioned yet that our house is going to be a mirror image of the house plan. That simply means that every room will be configured exactly opposite of the plan. So, what is on the left in the plan will be on the right on our house.

We are so used to walking into the model home and going right to go upstairs. On our house we will go to the left. It kind of hurts our brain thinking of everything opposite.

The reason our house is going to be built as a mirror image to the plan is because we want our view and our porches to be next to the woods. So thankfully we can do that.

Speaking of mirrors on the wall, one of the other updates we are doing in the master bath is not getting the great big mirror. Instead, we have purchased two smaller attractive mirrors - one for each sink. And in between those mirrors, Dave is going to build a little tower where we can put our bottles of shaving cream, lotion and all that stuff we use all the time.



Clearing the Lot

We made it! First day of actual site work.


home site being cleared

Cutting down trees is not something we want to do but the house has to go somewhere. And because of our geography, tree roots aren't necessarily as deep as in other parts of the country.

Once disturbed, the tree is likely to die. So we had to remove a really large shag bark hickory that was going to be just too close to the house.


pile of downed trees waiting to be logged

Our builder allowed us to keep several of the trees after they were knocked down.

I wanted to keep some for firewood and the others to use in my woodshop.

So we were able to save several cedars, locusts, and hickories. They piled them up adjacent to our home site, branches and all.

So Mary and I spent the better part of the day cutting up the trees and hauling the logs to the back of our lot.


carrying logs back to log pile


stacked logs

It was muddy and awkward climbing through downed trees to cut them up but what fun, especially with my new chainsaw!! After we were finished we had a nice neat pile of timber. Or so we thought!




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