Well, it’s not exactly a farm, not yet anyway! A couple months ago we purchased land about 10 minutes away from where we live now. Finding land to build on is a tremendous challenge in our area. Property prices are skyrocketing and each month less gets snatched up by builders and developers. It’s great to be in an area that so many people want to be in but it made finding land very difficult.
The Dream of Land
Buying a piece of land has been a dream of mine for years. The more land the better and the fewer people around the better. Knowing the reality of the real estate market and our goals of staying in our local community it was apparent that I would need to settle for a smaller amount. Reality checks can be a good thing though. I often take on more challenges than I am really able to manage. In this case we were able to find a beautiful piece of acreage with 7.27 acres. Trees are all around the building space and there is plenty of room for anything I might have the time to get into.
Most importantly we will be able to build the home of our dreams and accommodate our growing family. We welcomed a new baby girl in September which made us into a family of 7. Needless to say we really need more space in the house!
Maintaining the Land
We’ve had a few issues to maintain on the land. Minor stuff like mowing and driveway repairs. It has a REALLY long driveway because it is a flagpole lot where the main property is situated behind two other properties. When we put it together the driveway will be over 1,000 feet long! We also have some instances of fire ants that I still need to treat. Fire ants are aggressive non-native ants that have invaded Middle TN.
The land is about a 50/50 mix of open space and trees which is great, however a lot of the forest areas contain invasive plants. In the picture to the right you can see one of the most destructive invasive plants in Tennessee, Chinese Privet. It spreads fast and can be difficult to control. I know it will take years to eliminate it on the property (if that’s even possible) but that’s a task for later on down the road.
The Home Building Process
We aren’t ready to build just yet but I’m investigating what we need to do to put a house together. I’ve worked with builders before and have learned a lot about building the process of building a house. I’ve designed a plan that I like. It’s a farmhouse style with a front porch, back porch, big kitchen, big pantry, 4 bedrooms and an office. I may share that later on down the road. I’m sure there will be some changes along the way. We would love to put in a basement but that raised the cost and it may not be doable on the land. We’ll see though, we need to take some measurements and consult some people.
For now I’m investigating who we talk to at each of the various utilities to get service installed. I’m gathering information so that when we build we’ll know exactly what to do. I think that is one of the most important things to do when building a house and one many people overlook – Planning.
As a real estate agent I’ve witnessed successful people building homes who were very details from the beginning and those who (to be honest) were fairly clueless with what they wanted. It can be a highly stressful process to build a house and those who prepare up front and do their research experience the least amount of stress!
Building this house is my next major goal. That’s what 2018 is going to be focused on and we’re really excited to begin this journey! Stay tuned, there’s more to come!