Halfway There!

Today we reached a big milestone in the house building journey - the land settled.  As of 2 pm today, we became 20% owners of this beautiful block of weeds!  All thanks to some fluke timing and a chat while looking at a display home, some texts, and a large pile of money.
Our lovely little pile of weeds

It's funny how painless and straight forward buying the land was compared to finalising a house design.  We're still working with the custom builder on potential house designs.  We got the preliminary design the other day, and it made me feel like we had taken a few steps backwards again.  The dream kitchen layout was missing, and we seemed to have gained a laundry room and lost a bedroom.  The way this builder prices the house by the square meter means the extra space that doesn't make sense gets quite spendy.  So we had a meeting with the salesman and draftsman and sent them back to the drawing board.  I'm hoping the next iteration is more in line with what we're looking for, because the last thing either of us wants right now is to start over again.  We were hoping to be close to starting build by this point, but it looks like that's still be a long way off.

I was already extraordinarily cranky this week, and the plans didn't help with my funk.  I told Phil when he came home Wednesday that if he wanted a house eventually, we needed to go visit the land and walk around the neighbourhood to remind me that it will all be worth it.  It turned out to be really good timing; they had just put up the fence and laid grass down for the new dog park.  Next to the dog park is a nice creek, and it looks like it's going to be a really good feeling neighbourhood to live in.  The walk to the park is the perfect distance from the lot and the dog seemed to enjoy checking her new pee-mail in the dog park.
The sun setting on our new dog park
New equipment - a bit big for Maybe's little legs
One satisfied customer
Hopefully before Christmas we'll have another, better, version of the plans and we can start moving forward with the details.  Until then, it would be nice if my inner house designer would take a break at 4 am and let me get some sleep.


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