The start of something good

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Project by Sawdustmaker posted 09-29-2008 01:58 AM 2858 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted anything. We purchased 12.5 acres out in the hardwood mountains around Lexington Virginia. At some point in our future, we will build our retirement home. The house will most likely be a SIP house. The SIP stands for structural insulated panel. There is a wealth of information on Anyway we have started out building a 8×8 foot shed with a gambrel roof for our sleeping loft. The shed is not big, but it does the job of storing all of the normal supplies and equipment we drag back and forth from Virginia Beach some 4 hours away. The loft come in very handy as well when we arrive late in the evening and it’s pitch black except for any light the stars and moon put out. Our next step is to build a 16×24 foot wood shop that I can also store the tractor in. We plan on putting a gambrel roof on that one as well. It doubles the floor space and once we start the house, we will be able to store some of the SIP panels in there too. With all that hard wood up there, there are plenty of projects just waiting in the trees around us. Any one need some fire wood?…just ask.
Here is the first step in a long road ahead. Now if we only had some of those nice amenities like water and electricity

-- Brian, Virginia Beach

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#1 posted 09-29-2008 02:17 AM

way cool!

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#2 posted 09-29-2008 03:25 AM

Great start to your new homestead, lots of work ahead of you but an even greater amount of rewards. Enjoy the tranquility.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#3 posted 09-29-2008 05:24 AM

Home sweet home! Looks like a wonderful start to a dream to come true. It is great that you are doing it together. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 09-29-2008 02:03 PM


-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 09-30-2008 02:09 AM

What a life! Sounds fun. I like the last “Ma and Pa Kettle” photo (with the pitchfork).

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 11-29-2008 09:00 AM

How wonderful! I’m in envy of your retirement home site. We were looking into purchasing some farmland so I could do some koi ponding and mini-farming, but the commute would be too far to work from downtown DC and then the prices went crazy. We could have purchased 20 acres for under $70K but this was the boonies. Pretty but not convenient. Fortunately we didn’t buy anything as now we have an affordable situation in this financially tough economy. I still drool over “wooded lots with pond” listings.

FYI: I stumbled on to a fellow in western Maryland who makes insulated logs out of planks to resemble log cabins. His units sell for under $20K and you can put several together, just give him a floor plan.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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