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Old 06-02-2015, 12:39 AM   #1
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I am starting this thread in an effort to get feedback that will help us make the best choices as we move forward with this project.

A little over a year ago my wife and I made the decision to carry on our dream of building our home. So we sat down and wrote down all the ideas we had. What we like, what we don't like, budgets and everything we could think about.
Then we met with my brother, an architect and interior designer who was more than happy to put our dreams on paper.

The house would sit on a 40 acre lot we have in SE Ohio. It's rolling hills make for some wonderful views of the country farms around.

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This sounds like a fun project----a picture of the raw land would sure be welcome---
Ohio has some nice land---Mike---

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Sounds like a gorgeous location if nothing else.

Congrats on building the home and not wanting to strangle each other in the process.
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Im from Ohio and love those hills, Zanesville, Coshocton and New Philly.

I grew up listening to my dad and uncles talk about their steep driveways washing out.

If you have 40 acres do you have options on where to place the house? How far will you be from town? I prefer an east facing house. Do you have large level areas?

10 yrs ago I was going to buy a house there and didn't like how so many had a garage under the house. I refused to lugg grocerys upstairs. Considering I live alone, I'm always buying grocerys.

The only stairs I'd ever consider is what my cousin in Ohio had built. You can hardly tell you're going up stairs. We have big feet and her steps are wider than standard, so they're very comfortable. Also, the heigth is more shallow than average.

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It was around January 2014 when we headed to the property and marked with yellow tape a rough estimate of the house in the woods.

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Looking West while placing yellow tape high on the hill side
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Im from Ohio and love those hills, Zanesville, Coshocton and New Philly.

I grew up listening to my dad and uncles talk about their steep driveways washing out.

If you have 40 acres do you have options on where to place the house? How far will you be from town? I prefer an east facing house. Do you have large level areas?

10 yrs ago I was going to buy a house there and didn't like how so many had a garage under the house. I refused to lugg grocerys upstairs. Considering I live alone, I'm always buying grocerys.

The only stairs I'd ever consider is what my cousin in Ohio had built. You can hardly tell you're going up stairs. We have big feet and her steps are wider than standard, so they're very comfortable. Also, the heigth is more shallow than average.

The location we chose makes the house almost invisible from the road since it hides behind a small hill that separates it from the Twsp road.

The house faces East and South East to take the best advantage of the sun.

Not many large level areas around here which gives the property a lot of personality
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That looks like a dream property---You will be needing your chain saw---

Do you have building codes to deal with?

How deep must you go for a well?

Is power near by?
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In March 2014, my good buddy and myself with a couple of chainsaws and a bobcat got to work.

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That looks like a dream property---You will be needing your chain saw---

Do you have building codes to deal with?

How deep must you go for a well?

Is power near by?
hi Mike,
No building codes in the boones
Not sure yet about well depth but based on neighboring properties should be under 200ft.
Power at the road about 300ft more or less.

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We wanted to same some money and remove the stumps ourselves so we rented a mini excavator to do the job. However this proved to be a mistake. We were only able to remove a couple of the small ones before we realized it would take us too long to remove the big ones without larger equipment and by then it would cost us more than have someone bring in big equipment in the first place.

So we returned the mini excavator after day one and ended up hiring a excavating company (who happens to be one of my good neighbors down the road) to finish the job.





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Im from Ohio and love those hills, Zanesville, Coshocton and New Philly.

I grew up listening to my dad and uncles talk about their steep driveways washing out.

If you have 40 acres do you have options on where to place the house? How far will you be from town? I prefer an east facing house. Do you have large level areas?

10 yrs ago I was going to buy a house there and didn't like how so many had a garage under the house. I refused to lugg grocerys upstairs. Considering I live alone, I'm always buying grocerys.

The only stairs I'd ever consider is what my cousin in Ohio had built. You can hardly tell you're going up stairs. We have big feet and her steps are wider than standard, so they're very comfortable. Also, the heigth is more shallow than average.
I forgot to mentioned it is a ranch so the only steps are at the entrance.
And I know those areas you are talking about. We are near Seneca Lake.
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Sounds like a gorgeous location if nothing else.

Congrats on building the home and not wanting to strangle each other in the process.
Thanks.
hahaha I know what you mean. It is difficult when you want this but she wants that....
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I looked at all of your photos. Someone is an excellent photogragher. I would love living there. You have plenty of level land. Lots of deer too. When do you expect to start construction on the house?
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Is there children involved in the decisions process?

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