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Old 03-21-2018, 02:19 PM   #1
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We are finally starting the build of our house. Been working feverishly on clearing the land and getting everything lined out. Got the survey done a few weeks ago and as of this week, we own the land.

We are building on 1 acre of my inlaws acreage. Has been a long process and meeting with the bank today to get the loan. My wife called 5 different banks and the one we finally decided on has the best rates and lowest closing cost.

Going to burn all the brush off this weekend. Culvert should be put in next week and I will put our gate in the following weekend. We are using my inlaws gate (which happens to be on our property) for now.

Some of yall have been a great help in designing and answering random questions and we thank yall for that. Stick with us because it is going to be a process but I will answer any questions on cost of anything.
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Awesome! Good luck to ya!
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Old 03-21-2018, 02:21 PM   #3
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Here is what I started with

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You can see my truck in the back ground, I had to clear to it

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Old 03-21-2018, 02:22 PM   #4
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Day one of cutting.


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Day one of cutting, view from where my truck was parked

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Old 03-21-2018, 02:24 PM   #6
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Day 2 of cutting and done with the house part

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Final wood count after I cut everything to be split. A bunch of work for a crew of 1

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Old 03-21-2018, 02:25 PM   #7
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Driveway cut

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Old 03-21-2018, 02:27 PM   #9
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While all this was going on, the electric people came out to tell me where I can set my pole, they should be out within the next week to set our pole.

Stump removal came yesterday and pulled stumps. Not a bad payday for him for 5 hours of work

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Old 03-21-2018, 02:36 PM   #10
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Y'all building there in Sheridan?
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Old 03-21-2018, 02:40 PM   #11
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Old 03-21-2018, 02:41 PM   #12
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Y'all building there in Sheridan?
Yes sir. Right next to my inlaws on shell plant road
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Old 03-21-2018, 02:43 PM   #13
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Dont take out too many trees! they are hard to replace. congrats on the place
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Old 03-21-2018, 02:45 PM   #14
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Cool. Will have to stop over n check it out one day when we over at the lease. After all the work is done for the day of course though.
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Old 03-21-2018, 02:49 PM   #15
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Old 03-21-2018, 03:05 PM   #16
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Congrats and good luck!
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Old 03-21-2018, 07:44 PM   #17
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Dont take out too many trees! they are hard to replace. congrats on the place


Oh I got plenty left. I cut about 50 less than 6Ē, 20 8-10Ē and about 15 bigger than that


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Old 03-21-2018, 07:48 PM   #18
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Old 03-21-2018, 07:54 PM   #19
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Congrats. Lots of work but will all be worth it!!
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Old 03-21-2018, 08:43 PM   #20
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Dadgum! That's a lot of work for one man!
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Congrats, that is a beautiful place.
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Old 03-22-2018, 08:57 AM   #22
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Here is a picture of the plans.

Front porch is on the right. We will pour a back porch at a later time as the carport is going to be the hangout (why I made it 40x20)

I know their is a window on the utility/bedroom3 wall. He forgot to delete it.

Yellow squiggly is the fire place

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Old 03-22-2018, 09:24 AM   #23
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Old 03-22-2018, 09:50 AM   #24
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i know it is a lot of work to keep updates with pictures and comments but i for one really like viewing threads like this. it is a great way to give the rest of us a view of what we could have!!!
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Old 03-22-2018, 09:58 AM   #25
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i know it is a lot of work to keep updates with pictures and comments but i for one really like viewing threads like this. it is a great way to give the rest of us a view of what we could have!!!
It isnít hard for me.once the building gets started,Iíll be there everyday and if Iím not, my father in law will be..

Appreciate it though
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Old 03-22-2018, 11:03 AM   #26
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Congrats! Man you are putting in some work fo sho. My lazy butt would have rented a Gyro Trac and mulched the trees all the way down to the ground. LOL! Definitely in to see more pics of the build.
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Old 03-22-2018, 01:05 PM   #27
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Looks great Travis, congratulations! What is going on in Raiderland?
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Old 03-22-2018, 01:46 PM   #28
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Looks great Travis, congratulations! What is going on in Raiderland?
Thank you coach, and good question but you should apply
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Old 03-24-2018, 03:51 PM   #29
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Plan today was to get everything burned off. Mother Nature had other plans with a stiff wind so went to plan B and bought the stuff for the entrance.

After the stumps removed

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Forgot a trailer so no concrete. Will get that tomorrow and get these post firmed up

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Instruments of pain. All hand dug by me. One man crew today.

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Old 03-24-2018, 05:47 PM   #30
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You are putting in the sweat equity I see. Congrats sir.......it will all be worth it in the end.
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Old 03-24-2018, 06:02 PM   #31
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All post are ready to be set. Will do that tomorrow.


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I'd seriously try to cover the fresh cuts on those live oaks to protect them from oak wilt. You're starting at the exact wrong time of year.
Speaking from experience.
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Old 03-24-2018, 11:06 PM   #33
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Once infected, it can spread to adjacent trees through the root system
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Old 03-25-2018, 08:38 AM   #34
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I'd seriously try to cover the fresh cuts on those live oaks to protect them from oak wilt. You're starting at the exact wrong time of year.
Speaking from experience.


Ah you got me there. I had it on my list of things to do. That list got in the hands of my 2 year old. Thanks for reminding me. Will do it today. Taking the cattle trailer to church to get the rest of the stuff for the entrance


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Old 03-25-2018, 05:12 PM   #35
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When we built our house, I was 24 yrs old and it never crossed my mind to do a little research on cutting trees. The back half of my lot was overgrown with briars and scrub brush underneath a canopy of a few big live oaks and elms. My mission after closing at the end of February was clearing out all of that stuff and raising the height of everything to create a cool place for my boys to play, so I just went to work. By October the biggest live oak (easily 100+ yrs old) I had was dead. In the following couple of years, I lost several smaller trees that were under the drip line. Most recently I finally decided to take out another 100 yr old tree that has looked pitiful for the last several years.

So I was just trying to help out as I still get sick thinking about it.
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When we built our house, I was 24 yrs old and it never crossed my mind to do a little research on cutting trees. The back half of my lot was overgrown with briars and scrub brush underneath a canopy of a few big live oaks and elms. My mission after closing at the end of February was clearing out all of that stuff and raising the height of everything to create a cool place for my boys to play, so I just went to work. By October the biggest live oak (easily 100+ yrs old) I had was dead. In the following couple of years, I lost several smaller trees that were under the drip line. Most recently I finally decided to take out another 100 yr old tree that has looked pitiful for the last several years.

So I was just trying to help out as I still get sick thinking about it.


No I completely get what you are saying. I couldnít imagine that

Everything I cut so far has been pulled from the ground. There is one tree on the drive way that the back hoe took a chunk out of. FIL is going to treat it. We have a giant oak that will be in the back yard but I havenít got over there yet because my brush piles are all under it.


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Old 03-29-2018, 04:05 PM   #37
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Took the day off of work today since we got some good rain yesterday. Didnít get to start til noon as I had to renew my license. 4 hours of solid burning and we are done! Convinced my father in law to use the tractor and push everything into the burn pile

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Congrats I will be following along. Doing this exact same thing as we speak! My wife and I deeded off 2 acres of my father in laws place that adjoins the 15 my wife will get eventually. Already had my survey done, house plans finished, and they have set my electric pole. Banker told me today we are good to go on the amount and moving forward to order the appraisal! This will be our first home and a long term family home. Some are calling us crazy for building the first one, but we have looked for two years and, cant seem to find a house in this school district that was in our budget that was worth living in! Nothing extravagant little over 1900' with double carport, and 30'x30' shop with awnings.
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Old 03-29-2018, 04:57 PM   #39
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Congrats I will be following along. Doing this exact same thing as we speak! My wife and I deeded off 2 acres of my father in laws place that adjoins the 15 my wife will get eventually. Already had my survey done, house plans finished, and they have set my electric pole. Banker told me today we are good to go on the amount and moving forward to order the appraisal! This will be our first home and a long term family home. Some are calling us crazy for building the first one, but we have looked for two years and, cant seem to find a house in this school district that was in our budget that was worth living in! Nothing extravagant little over 1900' with double carport, and 30'x30' shop with awnings.

Sounds about the same as our situation. Going 1900ish living with 40x20 carport and 10x40 front porch.

We looked in our area and there was nothing that we liked. We are getting this built as our forever home and add on stuff as we need later.

Iíve busted my tail but it will be worth it in the end. Paperwork is with the bank, pole was supposed to be set but the storms delayed them so we are looking at mid April-may1 as start date.

I will keep updating this as we get started. Should finish my entrance on saturday



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Finished the entrance today. Going to put some corners up on the short fronts to fill in the gap but man it looks good.



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Paperwork for bank is in. Signing the official stuff and the process shall begin.

Went out there Saturday to pick up roots and had some help from my wife and daughter. Started a small fire in the wind too




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I love this thread! Thanks and keep the pics coming.
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Old 04-09-2018, 06:27 AM   #44
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Did some more work yesterday at the entrance. Finished my H braces to keep the cows in and trimmed everything that was dead and over the driveway.

Culvert and 2 loads of drive way should be getting put in today and electric should be this week. Had a snag with communication with those guys but think we have it all squared away.

Mailed the Loan Contract back to the bank this morning. Numbers looked good for the construction part now it's time to shop for the permanent loan since the bank we are using for construction doesn't escrow.

Wife called the contractors yesterday and added some stuff that we will pay out of pocket that she wanted.

Moving right along and should have construction starting at the end of the month.
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Electric came out and cut their lane. Looks good but have some stumps I am going to have to shave down






Cleared one side of the entrance of underbrush. One man wrecking crew. Was going to keep the white oaks in but wife wanted them out so cut those down as well...
Will use the shredder to clear the other side






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Old 04-15-2018, 08:14 PM   #46
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nothing like having your own place; congrats and good luck with your endeavors.
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You sure you want to live that close to the inlaws ??????
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You sure you want to live that close to the inlaws ??????
Well...... Since they are saving me a bunch of money giving us the land, I do not have much choice. It has its perks though.....
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