So we said let's wait until things get back to normal to build...
All the years since we've maintained the lot and paid the taxes and fees. We've driven through the development many times over the years dreaming of the day we could actually put a house there.
Flash forward to 2010. The opportunity has arrived for us to pursue dream.
|Another view before construction|
|This is the land before construction|
Before we located a builder we had to have a plan of the house we wanted to have built. We looked at a lot of model homes over the years to see what we liked and didn't like in a home. We looked through books and magazines. We found a book of country homes where you could buy the plans and bring them to your builder. We bought a set of plans (not cheap) and this is what we shared with all the builders we were talking to. Turns out the plans had to be redrawn to adhere to California rules and regulations. We also found out along the way that you need to have the plans looked at by a civil engineer and Title 24 engineer (environmental). We found that building permits are a ton of dollars and the roof is designed by a truss engineering company. The builder we have signed with handles all of this. It's a lot to think about but exciting just the same.