Building Our 2nd and Final House
We built a house seven years ago. Our first home was finished about two weeks before we got married. We celebrated our seventh anniversary on May 23. We moved everything in before getting married. When we returned from our honeymoon we were ready to start our life in our newly built home.
We are thankful for our first and current home. But, we have always planned to build our second and final home on family land. We built our first home as an investment type property so that we could afford to build the home of our dreams later on.
Later on is now. We now own a little over 8 acres of family land. This land is surrounded by more family land. This will be the home that we grow old in. After all, we will never sell land that has been in my husband’s family for so many years.
We are going to miss our current home like crazy. We currently live on a large lake. Our back patio is only about a foot from the water. We have made so many wonderful memories in this home. It is going to be bittersweet when we have to move. Yet, I know we will enjoy making new memories in our new home.
The land that we have been so blessed to be given has been essentially untouched for over 50 years. As you can imagine, land that has been untouched requires a lot of clean up.
Unlike our current three acres, this land was partially wooded. It needed lots of clean up and bulldozer work. Our new property is only a few minutes from town yet feels completely away from everything. With the new land being more wooded and more “country like.” With “country” comes more of everything including trees, sticks, weeds and more weeds. Everything was so overgrown.
The amount of cleanup has been pretty overwhelming. Our first piece of property was just a clean land of grass. Our new property is so different.
Before we could do anything, we had to get a driveway. We had bulldozer work done to clear a way for our drive way. The driveway has trees on each side and is actually one of my favorite areas of the land. I love the look of the trees as you drive up.
We are currently working on cleaning up the woods on each side of the driveway. Overwhelming is really an understatement. I mean, I do not think you can keep woods clean. But, we are just trying to get rid of years upon years of fallen leaves, sticks, and tree branches.
We rake and remove trees and work for hours upon hours every weekend that we can. Often times it feels as though we are not getting anything accomplished. Like I said, there is just so much to do. I guess this comes with having more land. We are really grateful and I know that all our hard work and clearing with pay off.
We just recently had dirt brought in along with gravel. Our driveway now looks amazing. It really is one of my favorite parts of our new home and land.
Last fall, we removed a row of trees. The row of trees just happened to be sitting directly where we planned to build our house. We had bulldozer work done and removed all the trees in our way. The trees were stacked into two different large piles.
We were told the piles would burn, yet, that is not the case. We have tried to burn the piles several times and the fire goes out before anything happens. So, we had the piles pushed into a large hole away from our house. We are hoping they will eventually dry out and burn.
In May we finally had everything moved. This was the first week that I finally felt like we were getting somewhere. Before May, it was hard to picture our new home due to large piles of trees. The large piles had been sitting there since fall of 2015.
I am so happy that the piles of trees are gone. Now, we must try and remove the countless number of sticks. Again, it is a work and progress. Every workday helps, even if we do not realize.
Getting Rid of Weeds
Not only are we trying to clean the woods on each side of our driveway, but we also have a fence area to keep clean. My husband sprayed all the weeds along the fence and in the woods. So far, this is not working. The weeds pretty much just wilted but have not died. We have bought another spray so fingers crossed this works. The overgrown weeds are just an eye sore.
We are planning to have fruit trees along the side of our property. We went ahead and planted 3 peach trees. As of right now, we have no water hookup. So, my husband is having to haul water from our house to our land to water our peaches. In the fall, we are going to plant plum and apple trees.
In addition to fruit trees, we want to start planting trees along the entrance of our driveway. We have not decided which kind but are thinking of doing some Natchez Crepe Myrtles. We will probably wait until the fall to do this. It is just better for the trees and will need less watering on our part.
Next Step – Building Our House
Now that we have tree piles moved and a driveway, we can start building. We have met with our builder and hope to get started with dirt work and slab within the next month.
Many people who have built houses say they would never do it again. I actually love the process. I have been working on and planning this house since I built my first. I love to look at house plans and rework the insides for fun. I could build a 100 houses. I just love it.
When I was younger, I went to the grocery store with my momma every week. I would buy a country music magazine and a house plan magazine. I would then come home and pick out house plans that I thought needed better insides. I would then draw out those plans and rework the insides of the homes. I had a binder full of re-worked house plans.
Even as an adult, I enjoy doing just that in my spare time. It is like a stress reliever almost for me.
My husband and I feel so blessed to have built a home and to now be building our second and final home. The process is stressful due to so many decisions but also so wonderful.
We are excited to be moving to family land and having more space.
I am excited to share our step by step journey of building a home with you!