So we take one baby step at a time. Last month it was securing the architect. Well, we found a terrific one with an awesome name: Hunter Paul Coffey. He's born and raised in this area, except for his stint at Clemson University for architecture school...that is.
Biased, you say? I only picked him because I too was a Tiger grad? Well, I do admit, that DID score him high points.
But honestly, we liked everything about him--His calm demeanor, creativity and style. He's one of the only modern architects around and he does a fabulous job! You can see some of his work at: www.hpcarch.com.
With our architect picked out, the next step is to get the topo map of the area where we want both of the houses. (For those of you not familiar, topo = topography. Basically it is a visual representation of the lay of the land. The surveyor plots the elevation at specific points along the land's natural grades and "links them together" like a giant connect-the-dot map. That's why you see all those cool swirls and circles. The tighter the circles/swirls, the steeper the land is.)
The topo survey is set to happen by the end of this week. THEN--we can start designing our home!
Most people pick a neighborhood, choose from 1 of 3 builders and plans and start digging. But not us...we like to take our time. :)
So we work and go out every weekend it's not raining or snowing and work the land. We're learning so much and it's certainly not a waste of time. We relish in every moment we get to spend out there. It's so peaceful and we can't wait to be there full-time!
And now I must get to work, but first, I leave you with a quote that inspired me this morning while reading my Bible and eating my breakfast of homemade sweet zucchini bread and a cup of Vanilla Ceylon tea:
"Establish your work outside and get your fields ready;
Afterward build your house."