Good morning and time for a little house update. This has been a slow process but hopefully things will pick up soon.
We first began discussing this endeavor back in June 2015. We had gone to visit our friends, Gary and Melinda, out in Las Vegas. We were sitting on their upper deck looking out to the lights of Las Vegas and we were discussing our Bucket Lists. Marvin always says he does not have one but when Melinda pressed him a bit, he admitted he would like to build a small house/cabin on our Chatsworth property. Before he revealed this dream, I had never taken him seriously when he spoke about a little house. I began to think about it too. I have told Melinda that our guest room will be the Melinda Johnson suite since she was the impetus for the project.
We wondered if we could even build on the property as it was zoned agricultural. So I called my first cousin who is the tax commissioner in our county and she said that as long as we do not rent it out it would be fine. We drew up some house plans and sent them out to contractors. In the mean time we had my cousin, Steve, work on the driveway into the property.
In December we found out that the plans we had for the house were a little too grand and we had to rethink our needs versus desires. We came close to just calling the whole thing off. But one of the contractors we spoke with told us he had some small house plans and he would work with us to keep the budget in line. So we chose a plan that is about 900 square feet with a nice front porch. Several people suggested we look at Tiny Houses but really, at our age climbing up and down out of a sleeping loft would be life endangering. Those tiny houses are cute but we wanted a place where we could have our friends come to visit and we wanted our children and their families to use it as a geta way.
But then more red tape...we had to get an acre rezoned residential so we could put the house on the property at the correct distance from the property line. That was approved in May. In June we met with our contractor to set up dates to get started. And THIS WEEK, the heavy equipment arrived. The driveway will be finished and graveled and the big delivery trucks will be able to deliver the building supplies.
So here are some pictures that my sister, Kristi, took last night.
So hopefully by next week the foundation will be in place. One thing I have learned about building. It takes much longer than you expect and it costs more than you think. Of course, it would probably go a bit faster if we were there to keep things rolling. We are so grateful for Bruce, who is our man on the ground. He has been so helpful. We owe him big time.
So the journey begins and hopefully it will have an ending before the end of this year.