The Land

Shaping nature or letting nature shape you?

The posts below are about the purchase and planning of the 8 acres we’re building on.

Erosion control

Before major excavation, we are required to put in erosion control.  The internet made it seem so easy, so with out brand-new-to-us-certified-pre-dented truck, we rented the largest trencher Home Depot carried and headed up

Chainsaw Head-to-Head

We have trees and those trees (unfortunately) need to find their way into our bonfires (and hopefully shelves). So what is a guy to do – except buy a chainsaw! Did I mention a

North? or North?

One of the fancy new techniques we can do with technology is to take out AutoCad drawings and overlay them onto satellite imagery like that seen in Google maps. This requires setting a point

When 2 become 1

Previously we posted about the possibility of redrawing our property lines to maintain two having two properties but better orientated for setbacks. We have gone around and around on this idea but finally made

Initial survey, April 2nd

All full of nerves and excitement, one week before we were scheduled to close, with our offer accepted and only paperwork to wait on, we drove up to do an initial survey of the


One of the many factors we’re trying to decipher is the lay of our land for a septic system. Ideally we would like the leach field to be downhill of the house and septic

Property Lines – To Be or Not To Be

Our two properties are approximately 4 acres each and are both long and skinny. Naturally the preferred views have our house pressed right up into a corner with 30′ setbacks (as required by zoning).

Understanding Your Property

Lot Features Property View: Mountain View Lot Size (Acres): 8.01 Street/Road Desc.: Dirt Road Road Maintenance: County Topography: Flat, Gently Sloping, Rock Outcropping, Sloping Lot Features: Cul-de-Sac Land Use: Residential Zoning: Res   The