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Barrel-Race7,046771570
TuesdayHouston, TX

Vilano-Beach--Water-...21,173391170
4/5/2014Saint Augustine, FL

HudsonHouse6,972300
4/2/2014Omaha, NE

Tanglewood86,4827862,22242
3/24/2014Colorado Springs, CO

697MarlinAustinArea1,15618910
3/15/2014Austin/McDade, TX

1860s-Texas-rehabnew...43,088441910
3/14/2014Boerne, TX

Bladenkirk500640
3/13/2014White Oak, NC

P-Wade-Crocker378100
3/12/2014Spring, TX

Shana446200
3/11/2014Chaffee, MO

OwensNewHome59,9201033810
2/2/2014Chandler, AZ

Du-Lock-Lane1,278200
2/1/2014Houston, TX

Family-Affair10,567440
1/31/2014Saint Petersburg, FL

TheCastle9,953270
1/23/2014Cheshire, CT

The-Last-Rodeo9,61927100
1/14/2014Angel Fire, NM

TheHoskensProject58,4501504333
12/31/2013Dome-ville, central, FL

NorthPoleHome30,169341330
12/29/2013North Pole, AK

navarre-village-buil...1,164100
12/26/2013Gulf Breeze, FL

Seven-Peaks-Faswall-...34,764483181
11/18/2013Graeagle, CA

The-Dailey-Project1,756100
10/27/2013Pompano Beach, FL

Beaver-Creek-Ranch30,237213210
10/15/2013Hayfork, CA

The-Cortes-Adventure17,642520
10/14/2013Snowflake, AZ

jeff3,839300
8/29/2013Jackson, MO

Miami-FL-country-hom...5,351320
7/30/2013Miami, FL

Brevard-County--Pt-S...2,536100
7/17/2013Rockledge, FL

Dream-Build-Austin-T...4,128300
4/17/2013Austin, TX

Eschete-Dome22,34130530
12/24/2012Lafayette, LA

ChapelHillNCBob5,538110
10/23/2012Chapel Hill, NC

The-Skimino-Bluff6,9393130
10/13/2012Williamsburg, VA

Octagon-in-Glencoe-C...48,732144110
10/8/2012Glencoe , CA

nateshomemtpeakview4,646100
9/29/2012

sherman20,005221560
9/27/2012Downers Grove, IL

Omaha9,141380
9/13/2012Omaha, NE

Holy-Hill-House16,44635530
8/27/2012Richfield, WI

Omega-CEO5,595110
8/13/2012Manassas, VA

JayHouse10,3067190
6/22/2012Sebastopol, CA

30233,34623770
5/20/2012Belfair, WA

SunburnStateHome6,279110
3/6/2012Charlotte County, FL

VICTOR-MONTANA8,072110
2/22/2012Victor, MT

Houston-720125966,773100
1/21/2012Houston, TX

Workshop15,565630
1/8/2012Florissant, CO

Our-simple-home11,792223080
12/5/2011LaPorte, IN

ICF-Construction19,312500
11/11/2011Elkridge, MD

Little-Help-from-my-...12,25211150
11/4/2011Rockwall, TX

YaNYca13,980810
10/29/2011Boston, MA

The-Man-Refuge10,823310
10/19/2011San Antonio, TX

mckernanmc11,128320
10/6/2011Amite, LA

Large-Family-Compoun...7,427200
9/23/2011Covington, GA

Woodchuck-Ridge10,265480
9/12/2011Akron, OH

Forever-Home-Sweet-H...20,87734310
8/24/2011Issaquah, WA

Clarksville-MD9,048200
8/22/2011Eldersburg, MD

steve-n-carolyn16,2954140
8/21/2011Sun City, CA

Old-York8,134200
7/27/2011Bridgewater, NJ

Carriage-House17,05020282
7/24/2011Ft. Collins, CO

DomeSweetDome22,25518291
6/4/2011Suffolk, VA

Goodpasture24,098562880
5/28/2011Westminster, CO

Marks-Log-Cabin13,906392210
5/12/2011Altoona, PA

Bill21,077100
5/4/2011Tucson, AZ

Mueller-Dream-Home8,776100
4/15/2011

Oklahoma-Steel10,724650
4/13/2011Minco, OK

DutchG8,391200
4/5/2011

HiddenInOhio10,2949130
4/1/2011Elyria, OH

MagnoliaHouse8,841100
3/29/2011Houston, TX

Buffaloader13,697200
1/11/2011Valley Center, KS

SouthernEcoHome27,75320210
1/9/2011Blacksburg, VA

Austrian-Chalet14,114780
1/2/2011Twin Lakes, CO

Vista-Ridge13,15621660
12/21/2010Swanton, OH

OurFarmstead28,387601890
12/10/2010Pennsylvania

AirparkHome-Remodel29,57522460
11/8/2010Hillsboro, OR

Holloway10,846200
11/7/2010Petersburg, VA

Building-Our-Lakefro...9,732110
11/5/2010Piscataway, NJ

SunburyGalena-Build9,002100
11/3/2010Galena, OH

BUILDING-OUR-GREEN-D...9,867800
11/2/2010Pattison, TX

RR-Homestead23,93731740
10/26/2010Janesville, CA

Casa-Paradiso-Vieque...9,819200
10/19/2010Chelsea, MA

Millerbuild11,0795110
10/1/2010Carstairs, AB

Delisledigs11,478300
9/16/2010Jacksonville, FL

h20dave11,328430
9/10/2010Waterloo, AL

Mountain-Idyl11,070900
9/9/2010Asheville, NC

High-over-Lake-Granb...14,54412230
9/8/2010Granbury, TX

Homestead35,90964850
9/8/2010Smithville, MO

philandjan12,930100
9/2/2010

Commons10,146200
8/21/2010Atascocita, TX

Our-First-OB-home10,545300
7/27/2010Gardner, KS

Louisiana-Mediterran...20,090311870
7/21/2010Sunset, LA

Crows-Nest9,817100
7/20/2010

Patterson-Project10,385400
7/16/2010John's Island, SC

Hidden-Meadow-Home12,4282100
7/13/2010Murrieta, CA

New-house-in-Selah-W...10,172140
7/4/2010Belfair, WA

Arnold-CA-Alpine-cha...20,89422100
7/2/2010Arnold, CA

Working-Wilton39,872343010
6/16/2010Wilton, NH

JJ-Residence9,592100
6/7/2010San Antonio, TX

Thompson-Valley-Home10,792330
6/6/2010Monticello, FL

Naperville-Webster-S...26,3112360
5/21/2010Naperville, IL

Gary--Suzi11,046100
5/7/2010

crystal-falls-home28,78520270
5/5/2010Cedar Park, TX

Kapoho-Retirement-Ho...10,867130
5/4/2010Santa Ana, CA

NC--New-Construction10,473100
5/3/2010

Collins-on-Cobblesto...11,46921910
4/30/2010Waynesville, NC

Dwight--Colleen-Hart...11,871130
4/30/2010Vaughn, WA

Riley32,77532950
4/29/2010Cave Creek, AZ

The-New-Ries-Homeste...14,86319980
4/21/2010Polk/Richfield/Erin/Hartford, WI

The-Season9,525130
4/10/2010Mount Airy, NC

The-Naas-Place10,035200
3/30/2010Pittsburg, CA

Phil-and-Lauras-home13,088400
3/20/2010Tulsa, OK

Southport-NC-Home17,510201281
3/18/2010Southport, NC

Loris24,967110
3/11/2010

Seaton-Station10,226140
3/10/2010Siloam Springs, AR

Backwoods-Project14,280390
3/4/2010Jeffersonville, GA

ICF-in-Ann-Arbor26,190293710
1/25/2010Dexter, MI

DancingPines10,968200
1/25/2010Clinton, LA

Log-Cabin10,561150
1/23/2010indianapolis, IN

The-Kinzel-House9,955100
1/21/2010New Orleans, LA

PahrumpProject17,0445390
1/17/2010Spokane, WA

TheBeachHouse14,62213200
1/16/2010Shoreline, WA

Artist-Haven-Home14,937970
1/13/2010Kansas City, MO

SOPHIA--SAMUELDELAWA...17,37211310
12/2/2009Smyrna, DE

Plant-City-Craftsman16,8114100
11/22/2009Plant City, FL

WestermanFarm11,420130
11/10/2009Dickson, TN

Shane22,485600
10/31/2009San Antonio, TX

ADCountryHome12,8531130
10/31/2009Fort Worth, TX

ICF-Keller-Tx51,187321220
10/6/2009Roanoke, TX

digs24,203100
9/30/2009Tracy City, TN

threegables21,373201340
9/29/2009Hartland, WI

LittleLakeCorner72,7921016040
9/29/2009Groveland, FL

Utah-Casa11,569200
9/28/2009Saratoga Springs, UT

Tornado-Reconstructi...11,019800
9/24/2009Port Neches, TX

toolehouse50,269891450
9/20/2009Reno, NV

Bobs-Blog52,961614140
9/16/2009New Florence, PA

Blessings10,184100
9/11/2009farmville, NC

Schrammelot15,9707900
9/11/2009Pierson, FL

PennsmithLostValleyT...35,820552150
9/9/2009Dripping Springs, TX

River-House10,629220
9/7/2009Clinton, NJ

SantaFe-in-AJ10,368100
8/28/2009Apache Junction, AZ

Dennis-Dream-Home30,028385050
8/27/2009Readington Twp, NJ

Massive-Undertaking11,5221100
8/26/2009Wimauma, FL

Lafayette10,273200
8/11/2009Cramerton, NC

Dream-site-on-the-La...11,062200
8/5/2009La Porte, TX

Williams-New-Home-Si...10,311110
8/2/2009Windsor, NC

Cobblestone-Lane10,398100
7/30/2009Great Falls, MT

PensacolaBeachHouse10,213110
6/22/2009Gulf Breeze, FL

12YEARSINTHEPLANNING10,857120
6/16/2009LADSON, SC

Steinys-Hideaway10,836200
6/9/2009Venice, CA

DreamHome29,469261900
6/7/2009Orlando, FL

CastleHeims20,74421590
6/5/2009Cedar Rapids, IA

Utah-Warehouse10,083220
5/20/2009Fairview, UT

Where-to-start12,417610
5/16/2009Lemoore, CA

Castle-Rock-Lakehous...16,33210840
4/27/2009Necedah, WI

Oleg25,942360
4/22/2009San Diego, CA

MoeCompound10,238340
4/9/2009Camano Island, WA

Huckleberry-Home10,324200
4/8/2009Williamstown, NJ

Vonk24,210100
4/7/2009Zeeland, MI

Small-Timber-Frame14,657110
4/2/2009Central Mass, MA

EatonLoch-Haven11,115110
4/1/2009Roanoke, VA

windowsnsiding10,177110
3/28/2009Long Island, NY

Arkansas-First-Timer25,81739880
3/27/2009Trumann, AR

Back-Home-In-Crisp12,406111510
3/22/2009Ennis, TX

Victor--Susan-0820,319211210
3/17/2009Ruckersville, VA

Rick-and-Tinas-dream...11,640120
3/14/2009Auburndale, FL

Keener-Road13,0344100
3/11/2009Elizabethtown, PA

NC-Newbie10,946100
3/10/2009Boone, NC

MadisonGA11,1621130
2/26/2009Madison, GA

Techbuilt-Scammed12,595100
2/25/2009Rebew, LA

choanne83110,187100
2/9/2009charlotte, NC

WilliamsinVegas33,981301190
1/29/2009Henderson, NV

PhilesBryant12,049260
1/20/2009graham, WA

MortgageSmart10,403100
1/19/2009Cocoa, FL

QuarterlyHouse57,863136990
1/12/2009Orlando, FL

RabbitRun19,740311690
1/11/2009Afton, VA

Sonave-Sunsets10,524120
1/9/2009Yucca, AZ

Heart-of-PA16,1149160
1/6/2009Lewistown, PA

Krusehome11,593200
12/27/2008Lake City, FL

BrunkHouseAlmaKansas15,592260
12/26/2008Garden Grove, CA

Raider-Bills-Tenn-Ho...14,6156320
12/22/2008Largo, FL

Andel-Ranch28,285334020
12/17/2008Rogers, TX

Elijahs-Home11,785460
12/6/2008Vero Beach, FL

ranch-house10,412100
11/25/2008springfield, IL

Howard-Georgia-Retir...16,038670
11/9/2008Harlem, GA

The-Woods-Journal11,288110
11/6/2008Doraville, GA

StansTLH16,0031090
11/1/2008Tehachapi, CA

Kevin--Kerrys-Dream11,556350
10/17/2008Northvale, NJ

Katabatic-Wind12,166470
10/16/2008Huntsville, AL

Elmhurst-Modern13,606120
10/14/2008elmhurst, IL

Accessible-House11,5763100
10/14/2008Munford, TN

Cherry-Valley-Vista10,633120
10/5/2008Duvall, WA

Jon-and-Mollys-House18,249150
9/25/2008Ellicott City, MD

Proctor-ICF11,709110
9/25/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Hawaiian-Bungalo18,055111020
9/23/2008Holualoa, HI

Pete--Rhiannon12,720430
9/19/2008Springfield, MO

2008-Cedar-Ln17,53614350
9/19/2008Seaville, NJ

dmaceld20,72614880
9/16/2008Nampa, ID

Help-with-Goulds-and...12,872100
9/16/2008tampa, FL

Consulting10,286100
9/2/2008Orlando, FL

AlaskaICFREMOTEHouse16,69419380
8/17/2008Wasilla, AK

NC-Pond-House11,748320
8/4/2008Wilmington, NC

MargaritaVilla11,356240
8/4/2008Raleigh, NC

Latest-update12,6648100
8/4/2008Sierra Vista, AZ

ANDREA11,254400
8/2/2008Dallas, TX

The-Ridges14,01411130
7/31/2008Logan, UT

Avenida-Del-Sol15,14413520
7/31/2008Peoria, AZ

dream-home-ohio11,319600
7/30/2008Zanesville, OH

Penetang-Craftsman10,946360
7/27/2008Penetanguishene, ON

Tristan--11,404600
7/25/2008Lebanon, NJ

Dreamy-Design-in-Glo...16,671100
7/9/2008Clifton, VA

need-help-Jim11,875110
7/8/2008Bandon, OR

deltona-fl-custom-ho...12,4744140
7/6/2008Deltona Beach, FL

Ingraham-House-Chape...11,719200
6/29/2008Cary, NC

famborgie10,632100
6/26/2008Lockhart, TX

95821-Addition21,8687140
6/24/2008Sacramento, CA

Cajun-Homestead19,02012930
6/22/2008Lafayette, LA

West-Texas-Ranch-Hou...12,833110
6/18/2008Andrews, TX

Quail-Bluff-Pasco12,6429290
6/10/2008Pasco, WA

Spyders-Web10,538100
6/10/2008Norman, OK

mike-and-tori-darnle...13,069510
6/2/2008Rainbow, CA

Lin-Washington10,576100
5/29/2008Fresno, CA

Capernall-House11,433420
5/15/2008Belleville, MI

Hidden-Valley-Texas10,722100
5/7/2008Southlake, TX

cosdreamhome41,363731470
5/5/2008Colorado Springs, CO

Sowle-Family-House13,220590
4/29/2008South Burlington, VT

Cyberdoc-Residence10,921200
4/25/2008San Diego, CA

Fortune-House10,952100
4/17/2008Mooresville, NC

Joeb28,769400
4/15/2008Oakland, FL

Alvin-House11,198200
4/14/2008LaPorte, TX

Thomas-Home--Raintre...21,250271800
4/9/2008Lee's Summit, MO

Greg--Kathys-New-Hou...12,179200
4/3/2008Barryton, MI

Where-is-Waldo28,30144830
4/2/2008Marion, OH

Nimmerrichters-Fores...10,052100
4/2/2008Waldorf, MD

Mayfield-House10,663100
3/31/2008Mayfield, UT

beamanhouse10,698100
3/27/2008Manistique, MI

Kanak-ICF--Virginia15,474900
3/26/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Sheldon-St15,295300
3/21/2008Orlando, FL

Bert-25,850310
3/20/2008Southern, CA

Our-Ohio-ICF-home21,99520270
3/20/2008Mansfield, OH

ericdc11,193310
3/8/2008Uniontown, PA

EurekaHouse-ICF15,0675150
3/6/2008Berkeley, CA

Superstition-Views15,384281600
3/6/2008Mesa, AZ

Blue-Springs-Project12,8658230
2/24/2008Broken Arrow, OK

Our-House10,545100
2/24/2008Miami, FL

httpownerbuilderbook...13,291830
2/19/2008Clayton, NY

JourneyBackHome10,389100
2/3/2008Oviedo, FL

Collier-Home12,841110
2/1/2008Little Rock, AR

DDs-ICF12,383330
1/27/2008New Smyrna Bch, FL

EurekaMT-Timberframe12,0121430
1/24/2008Augusta, MI

The-Larnerd-House13,4875210
1/21/2008Newport News, VA

Casa-Bella11,326100
1/14/2008Pueblo West, CO

Gordon-Lake-House15,34317510
1/3/2008Oakland, IA

STEPHANIES-DREAM12,54217570
12/30/2007Lower Burrell, PA

Florida-Waterfront-C...14,927310
12/29/2007PB, FL

6158-in-Montgomery-T...11,279410
12/23/2007Conroe, TX

ClearwaterHills13,687260
12/14/2007Paradise Valley, AZ

BobDonna9,964100
12/12/2007Sacramento, CA

AboveTheAppleTree9,946100
12/8/2007La Farge, WI

Casa-Nostra12,213230
12/2/2007Bangor, PA

Building-the-Dream-i...13,751700
11/29/2007Gladstone, OR

Ingram-Fleming-ICF-H...16,354480
11/29/2007Plant City, FL

inniagara9,445100
11/24/2007Niagara Falls, ON

SchnabelEstate10,557240
11/16/2007Avon, IN

WeAreBuildingAgain21,36027560
11/15/2007Orlando, FL

Lake-Pleasant10,514210
11/14/2007Erie, PA

Green-for-Dean10,536100
11/10/2007San Jose, CA

The-Ponderosa12,3038220
11/4/2007Perry, OK

FlagholeRoad10,595260
10/25/2007Franklin, NH

Beckynray11,765300
10/24/2007Powhatan, VA

Spicewood-TX12,245330
10/20/2007Austin, TX

Powderhorn24,136481760
10/4/2007Florida

Luray-VA-1stTimeBuil...14,822730
10/4/2007Luray, VA

kittyfhughesnet10,301250
9/27/2007Noblesville, IN

Scott-Family10,890100
9/25/2007Trinity, AL

Taking-the-Plunge13,3956180
9/18/2007Springfield, OH

RozBuildingAdventure10,771100
9/14/2007San Pablo, CA

Helpful-Tips11,867200
9/13/2007Encinitas, CA

Poplar-Creek-Farm13,8115250
9/10/2007Oakland Park, FL

TheWillemsHome21,5131750
9/10/2007Galloway Township, NJ

ComfortHome11,344200
8/30/2007Dublin, OH

10000-sq-feet36,30622260
8/26/2007La Habra Heights, CA

Bird-house12,4603400
8/22/2007Ithaca, NY

Circle-S_ICF_House35,745462640
8/21/2007Sparta, IL

New-England-Saltbox10,752100
8/16/2007Columbia, SC

RamblewoodatJeterFar...11,5586330
8/10/2007Kansas City, MO

Kraemer-Collinwood-H...11,154200
7/21/2007Delano, MN

BigOakBuilderTX14,769270
7/20/2007Wharton, TX

Johnson-Family-Dream11,005100
7/20/2007Normal, IL

19225-ROBERTSON-ST17,69714250
7/12/2007Orlando, FL

Thattle-Dew-Farm10,955220
7/12/2007Halls Harbour, NS

WindyJ14,92911260
7/2/2007Knoxville, TN

Vistoso-Green-Home12,255310
6/28/2007Tucson, AZ

Lewis-Chapel-House16,456200
6/25/2007Dunlap, TN

father-daughter10,507200
6/25/2007Loveland, CO

davewhite11,489100
6/24/2007Nanaimo, BC

NutmegWedgefieldOrla...12,477600
6/22/2007Orlando, FL

4600SF-Dream-Home-in...14,564410
6/19/2007Mooresville, NC

Coeur-dAlene-Idaho-H...12,338240
6/13/2007Coeur d Alene, ID

Tampa-Bay13,922490
6/10/2007Ruskin, FL

Dream-In-Progress14,354540
6/7/2007Shawnee, KS

todd-in-tullahoma10,883100
6/4/2007tullahoma, TN

TheOwens11,661300
6/1/2007Dickson, TN

Country-Cleaver11,786140
5/29/2007Springfield, IL

South-Dakota-Lake-Ho...12,0546110
5/23/2007Sioux Falls, SD

Gods-Home11,201200
5/18/2007Eustis, FL

hammock11,046110
5/14/2007Martinez, GA

Grove-St-Rocklin11,127300
5/13/2007Orangevale, CA

Gardeners-Delight11,961330
5/13/2007Norristown, PA

Newman-Family11,978100
4/26/2007oralndo, FL

do-over-house12,602200
4/25/2007Roseville, CA

Mountain-Building11,364370
4/21/2007Hiawassee, GA

Alaskan-Log-Home12,683120
4/15/2007Tok, AK

Warner-Dream12,883600
4/11/2007Astatula, FL

RehmannSchreiner13,87718150
4/2/2007Maple Grove, MN

outspokenbikeguy13,5324140
3/29/2007Sanford, FL

SmelltheForest35,785471480
3/23/2007Colorado Springs, CO

PolkCityProject15,1847110
3/21/2007Norcross, GA

DwaynePam12,013200
3/21/2007Normal, IL

cypressknoll11,079100
3/20/2007Palm Coast, FL

candlepower19,084241550
3/20/2007Lansing, IA

Team-Rosa11,955200
3/19/2007Springfield, VA

GLOUCESTER11,637120
3/17/2007Newport News, VA

Ohiodreamhome12,0164140
3/16/2007Reynoldsburg, OH

Gypsy-Love12,508110
3/12/2007Highland, NY

Forrest-Towne11,687220
3/10/2007Brinnon, WA

Dreams-Come-True10,959100
3/8/2007Glen St Mary, FL

Almost-A-Country-Gir...10,965100
3/7/2007Addison Township, MI

BrandonBuildingBlog11,758100
3/4/2007Layton, UT

SafecreteHouse13,010300
3/4/2007Raleigh, NC

newbie-12,115100
2/21/2007North Plains, OR

BuzzardsNest14,359310
2/14/2007Saint Lucie, FL

woodfamilyhome12,473200
2/10/2007Keno, OR

vegascastle11,788100
2/3/2007Henderson, NV

newsteel17,753100
1/28/2007Florence, SC

Dream-Home-200712,285100
1/27/2007Gwynn Oak, MD

DelgadosAdobeAbode12,690200
1/18/2007San Diego, CA

bobindeltona14,907250
1/14/2007Deltona, FL

Highland6412,401300
1/8/2007New Orleans, LA

SmallProjectSilverSp...17,7271020
1/7/2007Silver Springs, NV

BeehlerHome22,65211640
1/3/2007Kalamazoo, MI

eveningshade12,006110
12/25/2006Evening Shade, AR

Bruce in Petrolia, O...11,145120
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The beginnings of our battle to build in Hawaii

Posted to Kapoho-Retirement-House by Kathy in Santa Ana, CA on 5/4/2010

We bought our lot on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2003. For over five years, we battled the County of Hawaii to be able to even submit a building permit. Finally, we had to get a lawyer and take our plight to the planning commissioners. The result is that we showed that the planning dept had been lying and doing everything to keep us from building on our lot. We now have the right to build, and of course added almost $20,000 to the price of our lot.

Our lot is 40' off of the Kapoho Tide Pools.  hawaiiweb.com/kapoho_tide_pools In a little-visited area between Hilo and the volcano. Actually it is being discovered more and more by people that are tired of the "resorty" Hawaii. As we face almost straight east, the sunrises are incredible! Our little area of Paradise sticks out on the easternmost point of the Hawaiian Island, and the rain clouds pass over Kapoho and back up on the two huge volcanoes, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, and dump about 200 inches of rain on Hilo while sunny Kapoho only gets 40+ inches a year.

We only have an 8,007 sq ft lot, and our lot has its own tide pool that swells over the majority of the lot at extreme high tides. We have about a 900 sq ft footprint for the main part of our home and we span one of the ponds for a large lanai. Our son is an architect and has designed a wonderful tropical modern home that is in multi-levels.

My husband and I have been self-employed retailers and farmers almost all of our married life. Because of our background, we have the feeling that we can accomplish anything if we try. I will say that this adventure has brought many self-doubts. When this happens, I just pick up The Owner-Builder Book and get our confidence back.

It has taken a year to get our plans to the county for the permit process. In the state of Hawaii, you have to have your plans stamped by a licensed Hawaiian architect or structural engineer. Trying to find one that was on the same playing field as our son and ourselves proved difficult. But finally the plans are in the county for the permit process, and should be out in about two weeks.

Another idiosyncrasy of Hawaii is that as an owner-builder with a construction loan that we have to have a bonding agent and the bonding agents are the builder-supply companies. They bond that we will finish our project and they control the purse strings. We have to fill out miles of paper work to prove that we know what we are doing, that we are real and good people and that we pay our bills. After they approve us, we are required to purchase 25% of our materials from them. They of course tell us that they want us to buy all of our materials from them. We just got our material take-off today, so we will see how much this bonding is actually going to cost us.

I am in the middle of packing as we are leaving for Hawaii tomorrow. I will add more to the journal as the tale continues.

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The house has evolved a bit since this 3D rendition, but it is still has the basic design.
Another look at the house. Every room has been designed (except the bathrooms) to have a view of the tide pools.
Some day this will be the view from our home.



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