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Barrel-Race7,007771570
TuesdayHouston, TX

Vilano-Beach--Water-...21,152391170
4/5/2014Saint Augustine, FL

HudsonHouse6,952300
4/2/2014Omaha, NE

Tanglewood86,3387862,22242
3/24/2014Colorado Springs, CO

697MarlinAustinArea1,14018910
3/15/2014Austin/McDade, TX

1860s-Texas-rehabnew...43,056441910
3/14/2014Boerne, TX

Bladenkirk481640
3/13/2014White Oak, NC

P-Wade-Crocker351100
3/12/2014Spring, TX

Shana421200
3/11/2014Chaffee, MO

OwensNewHome59,8381033810
2/2/2014Chandler, AZ

Du-Lock-Lane1,262200
2/1/2014Houston, TX

Family-Affair10,544440
1/31/2014Saint Petersburg, FL

TheCastle9,932270
1/23/2014Cheshire, CT

The-Last-Rodeo9,58827100
1/14/2014Angel Fire, NM

TheHoskensProject58,4051504333
12/31/2013Dome-ville, central, FL

NorthPoleHome30,134341330
12/29/2013North Pole, AK

navarre-village-buil...1,136100
12/26/2013Gulf Breeze, FL

Seven-Peaks-Faswall-...34,728483181
11/18/2013Graeagle, CA

The-Dailey-Project1,743100
10/27/2013Pompano Beach, FL

Beaver-Creek-Ranch30,209213210
10/15/2013Hayfork, CA

The-Cortes-Adventure17,614520
10/14/2013Snowflake, AZ

jeff3,823300
8/29/2013Jackson, MO

Miami-FL-country-hom...5,336320
7/30/2013Miami, FL

Brevard-County--Pt-S...2,520100
7/17/2013Rockledge, FL

Dream-Build-Austin-T...4,106300
4/17/2013Austin, TX

Eschete-Dome22,27830530
12/24/2012Lafayette, LA

ChapelHillNCBob5,515110
10/23/2012Chapel Hill, NC

The-Skimino-Bluff6,9153130
10/13/2012Williamsburg, VA

Octagon-in-Glencoe-C...48,686144110
10/8/2012Glencoe , CA

nateshomemtpeakview4,632100
9/29/2012

sherman19,960221560
9/27/2012Downers Grove, IL

Omaha9,100380
9/13/2012Omaha, NE

Holy-Hill-House16,41435530
8/27/2012Richfield, WI

Omega-CEO5,576110
8/13/2012Manassas, VA

JayHouse10,2867190
6/22/2012Sebastopol, CA

30233,31123770
5/20/2012Belfair, WA

SunburnStateHome6,255110
3/6/2012Charlotte County, FL

VICTOR-MONTANA8,056110
2/22/2012Victor, MT

Houston-720125966,751100
1/21/2012Houston, TX

Workshop15,538630
1/8/2012Florissant, CO

Our-simple-home11,773223080
12/5/2011LaPorte, IN

ICF-Construction19,265500
11/11/2011Elkridge, MD

Little-Help-from-my-...12,23011150
11/4/2011Rockwall, TX

YaNYca13,965810
10/29/2011Boston, MA

The-Man-Refuge10,805310
10/19/2011San Antonio, TX

mckernanmc11,114320
10/6/2011Amite, LA

Large-Family-Compoun...7,405200
9/23/2011Covington, GA

Woodchuck-Ridge10,241480
9/12/2011Akron, OH

Forever-Home-Sweet-H...20,84434310
8/24/2011Issaquah, WA

Clarksville-MD9,033200
8/22/2011Eldersburg, MD

steve-n-carolyn16,2774140
8/21/2011Sun City, CA

Old-York8,114200
7/27/2011Bridgewater, NJ

Carriage-House17,02620282
7/24/2011Ft. Collins, CO

DomeSweetDome22,22218291
6/4/2011Suffolk, VA

Goodpasture24,050562880
5/28/2011Westminster, CO

Marks-Log-Cabin13,887392210
5/12/2011Altoona, PA

Bill21,026100
5/4/2011Tucson, AZ

Mueller-Dream-Home8,754100
4/15/2011

Oklahoma-Steel10,708650
4/13/2011Minco, OK

DutchG8,368200
4/5/2011

HiddenInOhio10,2729130
4/1/2011Elyria, OH

MagnoliaHouse8,816100
3/29/2011Houston, TX

Buffaloader13,670200
1/11/2011Valley Center, KS

SouthernEcoHome27,72020210
1/9/2011Blacksburg, VA

Austrian-Chalet14,091780
1/2/2011Twin Lakes, CO

Vista-Ridge13,13921660
12/21/2010Swanton, OH

OurFarmstead28,347601890
12/10/2010Pennsylvania

AirparkHome-Remodel29,55022460
11/8/2010Hillsboro, OR

Holloway10,828200
11/7/2010Petersburg, VA

Building-Our-Lakefro...9,710110
11/5/2010Piscataway, NJ

SunburyGalena-Build8,988100
11/3/2010Galena, OH

BUILDING-OUR-GREEN-D...9,850800
11/2/2010Pattison, TX

RR-Homestead23,90331740
10/26/2010Janesville, CA

Casa-Paradiso-Vieque...9,802200
10/19/2010Chelsea, MA

Millerbuild11,0645110
10/1/2010Carstairs, AB

Delisledigs11,462300
9/16/2010Jacksonville, FL

h20dave11,312430
9/10/2010Waterloo, AL

Mountain-Idyl11,050900
9/9/2010Asheville, NC

High-over-Lake-Granb...14,51312230
9/8/2010Granbury, TX

Homestead35,87164850
9/8/2010Smithville, MO

philandjan12,908100
9/2/2010

Commons10,124200
8/21/2010Atascocita, TX

Our-First-OB-home10,526300
7/27/2010Gardner, KS

Louisiana-Mediterran...20,074311870
7/21/2010Sunset, LA

Crows-Nest9,797100
7/20/2010

Patterson-Project10,369400
7/16/2010John's Island, SC

Hidden-Meadow-Home12,4052100
7/13/2010Murrieta, CA

New-house-in-Selah-W...10,149140
7/4/2010Belfair, WA

Arnold-CA-Alpine-cha...20,87222100
7/2/2010Arnold, CA

Working-Wilton39,836343010
6/16/2010Wilton, NH

JJ-Residence9,573100
6/7/2010San Antonio, TX

Thompson-Valley-Home10,766330
6/6/2010Monticello, FL

Naperville-Webster-S...26,2792360
5/21/2010Naperville, IL

Gary--Suzi11,022100
5/7/2010

crystal-falls-home28,76120270
5/5/2010Cedar Park, TX

Kapoho-Retirement-Ho...10,851130
5/4/2010Santa Ana, CA

NC--New-Construction10,458100
5/3/2010

Collins-on-Cobblesto...11,44521910
4/30/2010Waynesville, NC

Dwight--Colleen-Hart...11,856130
4/30/2010Vaughn, WA

Riley32,73932950
4/29/2010Cave Creek, AZ

The-New-Ries-Homeste...14,84119980
4/21/2010Polk/Richfield/Erin/Hartford, WI

The-Season9,505130
4/10/2010Mount Airy, NC

The-Naas-Place10,021200
3/30/2010Pittsburg, CA

Phil-and-Lauras-home13,061400
3/20/2010Tulsa, OK

Southport-NC-Home17,485201281
3/18/2010Southport, NC

Loris24,937110
3/11/2010

Seaton-Station10,210140
3/10/2010Siloam Springs, AR

Backwoods-Project14,264390
3/4/2010Jeffersonville, GA

ICF-in-Ann-Arbor26,174293710
1/25/2010Dexter, MI

DancingPines10,951200
1/25/2010Clinton, LA

Log-Cabin10,543150
1/23/2010indianapolis, IN

The-Kinzel-House9,933100
1/21/2010New Orleans, LA

PahrumpProject17,0285390
1/17/2010Spokane, WA

TheBeachHouse14,60713200
1/16/2010Shoreline, WA

Artist-Haven-Home14,920970
1/13/2010Kansas City, MO

SOPHIA--SAMUELDELAWA...17,34311310
12/2/2009Smyrna, DE

Plant-City-Craftsman16,7934100
11/22/2009Plant City, FL

WestermanFarm11,403130
11/10/2009Dickson, TN

Shane22,457600
10/31/2009San Antonio, TX

ADCountryHome12,8321130
10/31/2009Fort Worth, TX

ICF-Keller-Tx51,163321220
10/6/2009Roanoke, TX

digs24,166100
9/30/2009Tracy City, TN

threegables21,350201340
9/29/2009Hartland, WI

LittleLakeCorner72,7481016040
9/29/2009Groveland, FL

Utah-Casa11,549200
9/28/2009Saratoga Springs, UT

Tornado-Reconstructi...11,007800
9/24/2009Port Neches, TX

toolehouse50,235891450
9/20/2009Reno, NV

Bobs-Blog52,929614140
9/16/2009New Florence, PA

Blessings10,166100
9/11/2009farmville, NC

Schrammelot15,9517900
9/11/2009Pierson, FL

PennsmithLostValleyT...35,799552150
9/9/2009Dripping Springs, TX

River-House10,612220
9/7/2009Clinton, NJ

SantaFe-in-AJ10,350100
8/28/2009Apache Junction, AZ

Dennis-Dream-Home29,998385050
8/27/2009Readington Twp, NJ

Massive-Undertaking11,5061100
8/26/2009Wimauma, FL

Lafayette10,252200
8/11/2009Cramerton, NC

Dream-site-on-the-La...11,038200
8/5/2009La Porte, TX

Williams-New-Home-Si...10,291110
8/2/2009Windsor, NC

Cobblestone-Lane10,382100
7/30/2009Great Falls, MT

PensacolaBeachHouse10,196110
6/22/2009Gulf Breeze, FL

12YEARSINTHEPLANNING10,844120
6/16/2009LADSON, SC

Steinys-Hideaway10,812200
6/9/2009Venice, CA

DreamHome29,453261900
6/7/2009Orlando, FL

CastleHeims20,72521590
6/5/2009Cedar Rapids, IA

Utah-Warehouse10,064220
5/20/2009Fairview, UT

Where-to-start12,395610
5/16/2009Lemoore, CA

Castle-Rock-Lakehous...16,30210840
4/27/2009Necedah, WI

Oleg25,912360
4/22/2009San Diego, CA

MoeCompound10,216340
4/9/2009Camano Island, WA

Huckleberry-Home10,309200
4/8/2009Williamstown, NJ

Vonk24,183100
4/7/2009Zeeland, MI

Small-Timber-Frame14,639110
4/2/2009Central Mass, MA

EatonLoch-Haven11,094110
4/1/2009Roanoke, VA

windowsnsiding10,154110
3/28/2009Long Island, NY

Arkansas-First-Timer25,79039880
3/27/2009Trumann, AR

Back-Home-In-Crisp12,391111510
3/22/2009Ennis, TX

Victor--Susan-0820,297211210
3/17/2009Ruckersville, VA

Rick-and-Tinas-dream...11,620120
3/14/2009Auburndale, FL

Keener-Road13,0184100
3/11/2009Elizabethtown, PA

NC-Newbie10,926100
3/10/2009Boone, NC

MadisonGA11,1521130
2/26/2009Madison, GA

Techbuilt-Scammed12,575100
2/25/2009Rebew, LA

choanne83110,166100
2/9/2009charlotte, NC

WilliamsinVegas33,954301190
1/29/2009Henderson, NV

PhilesBryant12,025260
1/20/2009graham, WA

MortgageSmart10,386100
1/19/2009Cocoa, FL

QuarterlyHouse57,827136990
1/12/2009Orlando, FL

RabbitRun19,715311690
1/11/2009Afton, VA

Sonave-Sunsets10,506120
1/9/2009Yucca, AZ

Heart-of-PA16,0909160
1/6/2009Lewistown, PA

Krusehome11,576200
12/27/2008Lake City, FL

BrunkHouseAlmaKansas15,563260
12/26/2008Garden Grove, CA

Raider-Bills-Tenn-Ho...14,6036320
12/22/2008Largo, FL

Andel-Ranch28,259334020
12/17/2008Rogers, TX

Elijahs-Home11,768460
12/6/2008Vero Beach, FL

ranch-house10,398100
11/25/2008springfield, IL

Howard-Georgia-Retir...16,006670
11/9/2008Harlem, GA

The-Woods-Journal11,270110
11/6/2008Doraville, GA

StansTLH15,9801090
11/1/2008Tehachapi, CA

Kevin--Kerrys-Dream11,537350
10/17/2008Northvale, NJ

Katabatic-Wind12,148470
10/16/2008Huntsville, AL

Elmhurst-Modern13,587120
10/14/2008elmhurst, IL

Accessible-House11,5613100
10/14/2008Munford, TN

Cherry-Valley-Vista10,614120
10/5/2008Duvall, WA

Jon-and-Mollys-House18,219150
9/25/2008Ellicott City, MD

Proctor-ICF11,691110
9/25/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Hawaiian-Bungalo18,034111020
9/23/2008Holualoa, HI

Pete--Rhiannon12,701430
9/19/2008Springfield, MO

2008-Cedar-Ln17,51614350
9/19/2008Seaville, NJ

dmaceld20,70514880
9/16/2008Nampa, ID

Help-with-Goulds-and...12,854100
9/16/2008tampa, FL

Consulting10,268100
9/2/2008Orlando, FL

AlaskaICFREMOTEHouse16,66319380
8/17/2008Wasilla, AK

NC-Pond-House11,730320
8/4/2008Wilmington, NC

MargaritaVilla11,339240
8/4/2008Raleigh, NC

Latest-update12,6488100
8/4/2008Sierra Vista, AZ

ANDREA11,236400
8/2/2008Dallas, TX

The-Ridges13,99811130
7/31/2008Logan, UT

Avenida-Del-Sol15,12413520
7/31/2008Peoria, AZ

dream-home-ohio11,298600
7/30/2008Zanesville, OH

Penetang-Craftsman10,919360
7/27/2008Penetanguishene, ON

Tristan--11,384600
7/25/2008Lebanon, NJ

Dreamy-Design-in-Glo...16,650100
7/9/2008Clifton, VA

need-help-Jim11,853110
7/8/2008Bandon, OR

deltona-fl-custom-ho...12,4574140
7/6/2008Deltona Beach, FL

Ingraham-House-Chape...11,698200
6/29/2008Cary, NC

famborgie10,608100
6/26/2008Lockhart, TX

95821-Addition21,8467140
6/24/2008Sacramento, CA

Cajun-Homestead18,99812930
6/22/2008Lafayette, LA

West-Texas-Ranch-Hou...12,805110
6/18/2008Andrews, TX

Quail-Bluff-Pasco12,6269290
6/10/2008Pasco, WA

Spyders-Web10,519100
6/10/2008Norman, OK

mike-and-tori-darnle...13,048510
6/2/2008Rainbow, CA

Lin-Washington10,561100
5/29/2008Fresno, CA

Capernall-House11,412420
5/15/2008Belleville, MI

Hidden-Valley-Texas10,709100
5/7/2008Southlake, TX

cosdreamhome41,328731470
5/5/2008Colorado Springs, CO

Sowle-Family-House13,199590
4/29/2008South Burlington, VT

Cyberdoc-Residence10,902200
4/25/2008San Diego, CA

Fortune-House10,940100
4/17/2008Mooresville, NC

Joeb28,732400
4/15/2008Oakland, FL

Alvin-House11,177200
4/14/2008LaPorte, TX

Thomas-Home--Raintre...21,235271800
4/9/2008Lee's Summit, MO

Greg--Kathys-New-Hou...12,164200
4/3/2008Barryton, MI

Where-is-Waldo28,28144830
4/2/2008Marion, OH

Nimmerrichters-Fores...10,034100
4/2/2008Waldorf, MD

Mayfield-House10,645100
3/31/2008Mayfield, UT

beamanhouse10,679100
3/27/2008Manistique, MI

Kanak-ICF--Virginia15,452900
3/26/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Sheldon-St15,273300
3/21/2008Orlando, FL

Bert-25,809310
3/20/2008Southern, CA

Our-Ohio-ICF-home21,97620270
3/20/2008Mansfield, OH

ericdc11,178310
3/8/2008Uniontown, PA

EurekaHouse-ICF15,0415150
3/6/2008Berkeley, CA

Superstition-Views15,364281600
3/6/2008Mesa, AZ

Blue-Springs-Project12,8498230
2/24/2008Broken Arrow, OK

Our-House10,529100
2/24/2008Miami, FL

httpownerbuilderbook...13,275830
2/19/2008Clayton, NY

JourneyBackHome10,375100
2/3/2008Oviedo, FL

Collier-Home12,820110
2/1/2008Little Rock, AR

DDs-ICF12,356330
1/27/2008New Smyrna Bch, FL

EurekaMT-Timberframe11,9941430
1/24/2008Augusta, MI

The-Larnerd-House13,4695210
1/21/2008Newport News, VA

Casa-Bella11,305100
1/14/2008Pueblo West, CO

Gordon-Lake-House15,31817510
1/3/2008Oakland, IA

STEPHANIES-DREAM12,51917570
12/30/2007Lower Burrell, PA

Florida-Waterfront-C...14,907310
12/29/2007PB, FL

6158-in-Montgomery-T...11,258410
12/23/2007Conroe, TX

ClearwaterHills13,671260
12/14/2007Paradise Valley, AZ

BobDonna9,941100
12/12/2007Sacramento, CA

AboveTheAppleTree9,933100
12/8/2007La Farge, WI

Casa-Nostra12,193230
12/2/2007Bangor, PA

Building-the-Dream-i...13,733700
11/29/2007Gladstone, OR

Ingram-Fleming-ICF-H...16,333480
11/29/2007Plant City, FL

inniagara9,420100
11/24/2007Niagara Falls, ON

SchnabelEstate10,536240
11/16/2007Avon, IN

WeAreBuildingAgain21,32927560
11/15/2007Orlando, FL

Lake-Pleasant10,496210
11/14/2007Erie, PA

Green-for-Dean10,514100
11/10/2007San Jose, CA

The-Ponderosa12,2848220
11/4/2007Perry, OK

FlagholeRoad10,575260
10/25/2007Franklin, NH

Beckynray11,751300
10/24/2007Powhatan, VA

Spicewood-TX12,234330
10/20/2007Austin, TX

Powderhorn24,112481760
10/4/2007Florida

Luray-VA-1stTimeBuil...14,806730
10/4/2007Luray, VA

kittyfhughesnet10,281250
9/27/2007Noblesville, IN

Scott-Family10,877100
9/25/2007Trinity, AL

Taking-the-Plunge13,3766180
9/18/2007Springfield, OH

RozBuildingAdventure10,752100
9/14/2007San Pablo, CA

Helpful-Tips11,845200
9/13/2007Encinitas, CA

Poplar-Creek-Farm13,7875250
9/10/2007Oakland Park, FL

TheWillemsHome21,4761750
9/10/2007Galloway Township, NJ

ComfortHome11,319200
8/30/2007Dublin, OH

10000-sq-feet36,29022260
8/26/2007La Habra Heights, CA

Bird-house12,4403400
8/22/2007Ithaca, NY

Circle-S_ICF_House35,721462640
8/21/2007Sparta, IL

New-England-Saltbox10,735100
8/16/2007Columbia, SC

RamblewoodatJeterFar...11,5376330
8/10/2007Kansas City, MO

Kraemer-Collinwood-H...11,138200
7/21/2007Delano, MN

BigOakBuilderTX14,745270
7/20/2007Wharton, TX

Johnson-Family-Dream10,984100
7/20/2007Normal, IL

19225-ROBERTSON-ST17,68114250
7/12/2007Orlando, FL

Thattle-Dew-Farm10,938220
7/12/2007Halls Harbour, NS

WindyJ14,90711260
7/2/2007Knoxville, TN

Vistoso-Green-Home12,233310
6/28/2007Tucson, AZ

Lewis-Chapel-House16,439200
6/25/2007Dunlap, TN

father-daughter10,492200
6/25/2007Loveland, CO

davewhite11,466100
6/24/2007Nanaimo, BC

NutmegWedgefieldOrla...12,454600
6/22/2007Orlando, FL

4600SF-Dream-Home-in...14,541410
6/19/2007Mooresville, NC

Coeur-dAlene-Idaho-H...12,315240
6/13/2007Coeur d Alene, ID

Tampa-Bay13,907490
6/10/2007Ruskin, FL

Dream-In-Progress14,345540
6/7/2007Shawnee, KS

todd-in-tullahoma10,860100
6/4/2007tullahoma, TN

TheOwens11,648300
6/1/2007Dickson, TN

Country-Cleaver11,767140
5/29/2007Springfield, IL

South-Dakota-Lake-Ho...12,0366110
5/23/2007Sioux Falls, SD

Gods-Home11,182200
5/18/2007Eustis, FL

hammock11,030110
5/14/2007Martinez, GA

Grove-St-Rocklin11,113300
5/13/2007Orangevale, CA

Gardeners-Delight11,951330
5/13/2007Norristown, PA

Newman-Family11,961100
4/26/2007oralndo, FL

do-over-house12,583200
4/25/2007Roseville, CA

Mountain-Building11,342370
4/21/2007Hiawassee, GA

Alaskan-Log-Home12,661120
4/15/2007Tok, AK

Warner-Dream12,865600
4/11/2007Astatula, FL

RehmannSchreiner13,85518150
4/2/2007Maple Grove, MN

outspokenbikeguy13,5154140
3/29/2007Sanford, FL

SmelltheForest35,762471480
3/23/2007Colorado Springs, CO

PolkCityProject15,1697110
3/21/2007Norcross, GA

DwaynePam11,992200
3/21/2007Normal, IL

cypressknoll11,064100
3/20/2007Palm Coast, FL

candlepower19,061241550
3/20/2007Lansing, IA

Team-Rosa11,938200
3/19/2007Springfield, VA

GLOUCESTER11,621120
3/17/2007Newport News, VA

Ohiodreamhome12,0074140
3/16/2007Reynoldsburg, OH

Gypsy-Love12,492110
3/12/2007Highland, NY

Forrest-Towne11,668220
3/10/2007Brinnon, WA

Dreams-Come-True10,941100
3/8/2007Glen St Mary, FL

Almost-A-Country-Gir...10,951100
3/7/2007Addison Township, MI

BrandonBuildingBlog11,744100
3/4/2007Layton, UT

SafecreteHouse12,987300
3/4/2007Raleigh, NC

newbie-12,093100
2/21/2007North Plains, OR

BuzzardsNest14,345310
2/14/2007Saint Lucie, FL

woodfamilyhome12,457200
2/10/2007Keno, OR

vegascastle11,773100
2/3/2007Henderson, NV

newsteel17,740100
1/28/2007Florence, SC

Dream-Home-200712,267100
1/27/2007Gwynn Oak, MD

DelgadosAdobeAbode12,668200
1/18/2007San Diego, CA

bobindeltona14,893250
1/14/2007Deltona, FL

Highland6412,378300
1/8/2007New Orleans, LA

SmallProjectSilverSp...17,7051020
1/7/2007Silver Springs, NV

BeehlerHome22,62811640
1/3/2007Kalamazoo, MI

eveningshade11,980110
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So It Begins...

Posted to Cherry-Valley-Vista by Joe in Duvall, WA on 10/5/2008

Since getting kicked out of the absolute best apartment ever, due to the condo-conversion craze, we decided to move forward with building our own home. We had purchased land on the east side of King County a couple of years ago and nothing says get going on building your own house like learning that being a renter has certain, shall we say, stability issues?

The land is a beautiful five acres of rolling terrain with lots of second-growth forest. Huge fir, hemlock, and alder make it the kind of forested area that I always enjoyed as a boy. Needless to say it is very private as well, which I have come to appreciate as an adult. In addition it sports a breathtaking territorial view all along the north property line. What a surprise it was to discover this while working all summer to clear the 8 ft. tall brambles and 30 years of dead fall. 

Since pulling the trigger on the process I have been consumed with all kinds of activities to make the lot ready to build. King County has plenty of environmental codes to keep me busy. I have had a wetland consultant identify the edge of a wetland that touches one of the property corners, a geotech study to identify the type of soil, and a topographical survey that identified areas of steep slope that I need to stay 25 feet away from.

After completing these activities I worked with a good friend who just happens to be a home designer. I fed him various ideas of what I like in a home. His ability to turn a bunch of disjointed ideas into a functioning and elegant home design is remarkable. The home is stunning, at least on paper.

Armed with the above and multiple forewarnings from friends on what to expect from King County, I have applied for a building permit. Since then I've received various requests from the county for supplemental information - each one stating that if I don't provide the info, they assume I'm no longer interested in pursuing the permit...

First was an energy form that required all kinds of info on the materials that make up the home to decide how many BTU's per hour I would need. Second, a notice that my siteplan called for over 10,000 sq. ft. of impervious surface, and that was going to cost me extra in project management fees. Luckily, all I had to do was scale back the driveway a bit to stay under that magic number. The latest letter I received informed me that I need a drainage plan. This last one came with instructions and helpful examples of what I need to complete this. It only took a few hours to figure out what I needed to do with all that displaced water my project is going to cause. 

Hopefully, after turning in the drainage plan next week, I'll be very close to getting my building permit. Once I do, I'll be back with another entry to discuss the fun stuff - like bids on materials, the various subs I'm working with and that all important milestone - when I actually Break Ground!

 

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