Back in college, I remember day dreaming about my future and wanting a house out in the country with a long driveway shaped by beautiful hard wood trees. I never had a vision of the house or the property, but a few years back, AJ and I came across some land out in the country with a creek running through it. Perfect (except for the silly pine trees). Oh wait, now we're tree farmers, okay, pine trees you're not so bad. So for several years, AJ has harvested pine trees, leveled and plowed the land, and planted various fields for hunting. Nothing profitable, but tree farming takes a while.
Where are we at with our dream?
- Well, we have house plans.
- We have builders bidding.
- We have a loan preapproval status pending.
- We are in the process of refinancing our current home.
- We know our budget and where we have to give if we want more home.
- We have samples sitting on the dining.
- We have catalogs stacking up in the office.
- We have a closet design (*ahem*, AJ doesn't know this, but I have designed the closet layout)
- We have two spots staked out for a home site. Where we place the home is dependent upon DHEC and possibly the county. You see, a creek is part of the state's waters, so there are restrictions on how close you can build and where your septic tank can sit.
- I have many things pinned for ideas.
- I have appliances picked out, or at least the minimum requirements.
- I have made it known that the kitchen is mine to design. Sure, AJ has veto powers, but when he started flipping through MY catalog making comments, I snatched it up and said that's not what I want...ya know, very lovingly. There will be many decisions I do not care to weigh in on, but the kitchen is mine. I've marked my territory.
So the plan is to start building in February with a duration of 7 months.
In the mean time, I day dream of walking my dogs leash free over the 26 acres, AJ knocking down silly pine trees to weave nature trails through the hardwoods, and building a bridge (I design) over the creek. All in the future, but hey, dreamers need ideas in order to reach their goals, right? I mean, we will have a nice long drive way, but we will need trees, and then there's a grassy opening where a small water fountain structure would be perfect, and then at some point, the drive will split off to go to the house (so I need a woodsy sign to point our guests) and to the creek. I can envision all of this, but for now, I'll go scour the catalogs to perfect my kitchen.