The home building saga is moving along sooooo slowly. Our first adventure with building home was to create a driveway. Seeing all those trees cleared was rather heartbreaking.
Our home will be at the end of a 700 foot driveway. I love that it will be set back from the street. We are in a neighborhood with houses on either side, but it feels like a wooded retreat when I walk back to the home site.
Mixed emotions as the home site is cleared. Removing more trees brings another twinge of regret, but offset with a bubble of excitement. Sounds like I’m describing indigestion- maybe I need an antacid?
Typically, the septic system is done near the end of home building. However, since we are hoping to move our camper onto the land and live there during the build, we had the septic put in early.
We also had the water line run to the home site, and are waiting on Duke Energy to run the electric. Don’t get me started on that….
Soon, progress went head to head with the weather, and lost. We quickly discovered that 10 loads of gravel on the driveway mixed with days of rain couldn’t hold up to the cement trucks needed to pour the foundation.
Miraculously, the trucks did manage to get back there, pour the footings, and get back out. I’m glad I wasn’t there to watch. They had to back in the whole way, across the culvert spanning the creek, up the hill, around the bend….
The driveway is a disaster. I feel sick about how much we have already spent on it. ~whimper~
The blocks and brick for the foundation were delivered, but more rain meant that the foundation was delayed until after Christmas. Hopefully, this week…?
Do you mind just a bit more whining? We have been going round and round with the bank to get financing. I don’t know if they are terribly disorganized or terribly busy. We have sent them the same information over and over. We have been told they haven’t received information from third parties that we know for a fact they have received. Having limited internet has made the whole process even more difficult and frustrating. Camper living may become a way of life!
Ok, enough whining. I know that ultimately, God is in control- of the weather and of our future. This process has birthed multiple lessons in patience and trust. I am the child of a good and gracious God, so I must take a deep breath and rest in that certainty.
Have you ever built a home? What was your most frustrating experience? Most fun?