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So You Want to Build a House (Pt. 4)

April 29, 2011

Readers, I am in distress. This post is supposed to be about building a house, and in a way it is, just not the way I’d planned.

We have hit a major bump in the property deal. Mr. B and I were supposed to close on Monday. The power, septic and the well would go in next week, and by the following Monday we were going to be living on the property. Not any more.

When we looked at the property a month-and-a-half ago, we were given a site map with a proposed house and septic system on it already. The proposed house site looked a little low and sloped, but we went forward with it because a surveyor had picked the site out. The county flagged our site plan for house placement a few days ago. Being so close to the 100-year flood plain, they were worried we might be vertically below flood level. Everyone told us that this was a formality and everything would be fine. Unfortunately, the county and state flood officials went out to the site with a surveyor and Mr. B yesterday and said that our proposed site was probably no good. There is a possibility none of the site is buildable at all. Now we need several weeks of surveying done to the property before we’ll know. We had to call our potential renters (who were supposed to move in on Monday) and tell them that they need to look for somewhere else to rent. There is the potential that someone knew that this property had flood plain issues and didn’t bring it up. At the very least, this is the result of a lot of people knowing/feeling that there was an issue but not doing anything about it.

We are lucky in many ways right now, but it doesn’t feel that way. We are lucky that we are in such a rush to build a house, otherwise we wouldn’t already have plans in to the county that caught this problem. We are lucky that we haven’t gone through closing already, and that we haven’t moved out of our house. To me though, it feels like other people made mistakes and we are the ones who are going to pay for it.

The best outcome for all of this will be that we are a month behind plans and the house site gets moved about 30 feet. The worst case is that there are no buildable sites on the property and the whole deal falls through. Mr. B and I are both willing to wait a month to find out though. Even though I’ve calmed down and can see the good side to this situation, I’m still having a horrible day.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Mom Jones permalink
    April 29, 2011 7:46 am

    Hang in there and don’t give up on your dream yet!

  2. April 29, 2011 8:07 am

    Oh no! Thank goodness you haven’t closed yet, or moved out. It will all sort itself out in the end, but I know it’s very frustrating right now.

    • April 29, 2011 8:09 am

      I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t buy all the fruit trees yet 🙂 It is frustrating to know that nothing you do will make anything happen faster or in your favor. I tend to think that sheer force of will can make stuff work out or get done.

  3. April 29, 2011 12:33 pm

    what mom jones said!

    it will all work out one way or the other and your’s and mr b’s dreams will come true!!!

    • April 29, 2011 2:18 pm

      Thanks for the kind thoughts! We are doing our best to work it out, and I think that there might be a faster way to get an answer about the site. I’ll keep you all updated.

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