We began the process of obtaining our property and the home building process in March. Our expectation was that we would be moved into our new homestead by August, September, maybe October at the latest. It’s now January, and we haven’t yet broken ground. What caused the delays? Was it financing? No, we had that in hand. Delays with the builder? Nope, they were pretty much good to go from day one. No, the issue was the huge number of hoops we had to jump through. We split a piece of existing, undeveloped property. This, for some inexplicable reason requires the approval of multiple government agencies. One of these, which shall remain nameless (let’s just call them the Department of Extreme Procrastination, or DEP for short), took over six months to approve our application. This was not the only delay we experienced at the hands of “helpful” agencies; just the most egregious.
However, after all of this time, we’re finally getting close to a dig date. Today, I’m meeting with the excavator to finalize the plans for the road access, the site prep for both the house and the outbuilding, the septic system, and the cable and water trenching. We close the loan on Saturday. And, God willing, we’ll be ready to start cutting the road in in about two weeks. I can’t tell you how excited we are. It’s been a long, hard road. And it’s not over yet. But we’re close. And today is a day worth celebrating.
Thank you all for your ongoing support. We appreciate it. Stay tuned, as we’ll be documenting the build process all along the way!
Walk the path!