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Old 07-11-2022, 10:30 AM   #1
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A year ago my youngest brother who lives 2 houses down from me purchased 14 acres that had been logged back in 2018. Ever since then it just sat, ****ed up and flooded from a typical poorly performed operation. My wife and I at the time were in the process of purchasing a different 14 acre tract about 6 miles away in a different school district but weren't excited about not having all of our kids together anymore. We have 9 children and my brother & his wife have 3, all of the cousins play and fish together daily so they weren't very excited either. Talking around the campfire at the house one night he made mention of selling us half of the property they had purchased so we could all stay together so my wife and talked and decided to take him up on the offer. We backed out of the property we were buying and that's where the adventure begins. First things first we had to get us a place to park.
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Old 07-11-2022, 10:34 AM   #2
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Like I said the property was holding water badly so we needed to get some more area opened up to help with draining the property. We rented a mini ex and scraped the front entrance area so that we could punch some sump holes and cut ditches to start draining the property. We got a little reinforcement from my youngest set of twins too.
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Old 07-11-2022, 10:35 AM   #3
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Pictures from various parts of the property.
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Old 07-11-2022, 10:36 AM   #4
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Those twins are living the life. Following your thread.

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Old 07-11-2022, 10:37 AM   #5
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When things started drying up in March it was time to cut some more ditches to get further into the property and dry it out even more.
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Old 07-11-2022, 10:40 AM   #6
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Momma picking out where she wants the shop to go.



We are building a shop with living quarters in it. Nothing fancy just 1300sqft 5bd 1-1/2 bath. When we finish it we will sell the our house and move into it. Then phase II will begin which is building the main house Barndo.
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Old 07-11-2022, 10:45 AM   #7
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Once she had decided on a location it was time to get some bigger equipment out there to remove stumps and prep the house/yard area. Couple of the other kiddos fetching ol dad some tools and water.
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Old 07-11-2022, 10:47 AM   #8
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That's going to be quite the project with all of the drainage issues, but it looks like you ain't scare one bit. :-)

Enjoy the process and I look forward to following along. Lots of pictures already, so I'm sure that this will be a good one.
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Old 07-11-2022, 10:49 AM   #9
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Following the journey. Excellent.
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Old 07-11-2022, 10:51 AM   #10
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Little rain moved in and delayed getting some crushed concrete in to start a driveway. Once I got the rock put down I hauled some dirt in to build up the shop pad and only found one stump hole. Got the slab formed up this past weekend and scheduled trucks to pour this Friday....not sure if that will happen as we are forecasted for rain everyday for the next 8 days so we shall see.
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Old 07-11-2022, 10:59 AM   #11
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That's going to be quite the project with all of the drainage issues, but it looks like you ain't scare one bit. :-)

Enjoy the process and I look forward to following along. Lots of pictures already, so I'm sure that this will be a good one.
Got it for a really good deal due to the drainage issues scaring a bunch folks off. Nothing a little time, some equipment and big pond can't fix. There is a drain that enters the back of the property and exits the front. It was all dammed up from the pile the loggers left and trees blown down from a tropical storm and a hurricane. We will put a pond in towards our west property line and redirect drainage towards it.
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Old 07-11-2022, 11:04 AM   #12
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Following. Nice work so far. What is that material/liner you put down under the driveway rock. I might need something like that.
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Old 07-11-2022, 11:17 AM   #13
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Following. Nice work so far. What is that material/liner you put down under the driveway rock. I might need something like that.
Polywire grid reinforced driveway cloth, you can use geotextile fabric also. It will keep you from having to use so many layers of rock and prevent potholes in the future.
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Old 07-11-2022, 11:22 AM   #14
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Polywire grid reinforced driveway cloth, you can use geotextile fabric also. It will keep you from having to use so many layers of rock and prevent potholes in the future.
Good info. Thank you.
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Old 07-11-2022, 11:27 AM   #15
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Got it for a really good deal due to the drainage issues scaring a bunch folks off. Nothing a little time, some equipment and big pond can't fix. There is a drain that enters the back of the property and exits the front. It was all dammed up from the pile the loggers left and trees blown down from a tropical storm and a hurricane. We will put a pond in towards our west property line and redirect drainage towards it.
That's great that you have already identified the problem and have a solution. And you are correct, I'm sure that would scare off many other potential buyers.

Happy for you and the family. I know that I personally would want the same situation... Lower price & More time to operate heavy machinery... WIN WIN! :-)
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Old 07-11-2022, 11:30 AM   #16
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That's great that you have already identified the problem and have a solution. And you are correct, I'm sure that would scare off many other potential buyers.

Happy for you and the family. I know that I personally would want the same situation... Lower price & More time to operate heavy machinery... WIN WIN! :-)
You got that right. Already bought a new brush hog and will be looking at a new tractor when I sell the house. We would REALLY like to buy a skid steer with a shredder and few other attachments but haven't been able to talk ourselves into spending that much yet.
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Old 07-11-2022, 11:42 AM   #17
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We knew that we had deer and pigs on the property from sign we found when we walked it out and during the clearing process so we through a feeder up in the back were treated to a pleasant surprise when we pulled the card after the first week.
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Old 07-11-2022, 01:57 PM   #18
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Keep up the hard work and it will pay off for you and the whole family in the end. We have been working out land for almost three years now and it a never ending journey that I wouldn't given anything for.
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Old 07-11-2022, 02:38 PM   #19
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Polywire grid reinforced driveway cloth, you can use geotextile fabric also. It will keep you from having to use so many layers of rock and prevent potholes in the future.
Ahhhhhh...........great info for my upcoming project(s)!!!!
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Old 07-11-2022, 02:57 PM   #20
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Polywire grid reinforced driveway cloth, you can use geotextile fabric also. It will keep you from having to use so many layers of rock and prevent potholes in the future.
Do you have a link. I found the Geotextile but not anything that looks like yours.
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Old 07-11-2022, 04:11 PM   #21
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I got mine through my neighbor. His friend owns the company that makes it. I will see if I can get the info on it. I can tell you that geotextile is a little cheaper but still works extremely well. We have used geotextile on 5-6 driveways and parking spots for RV parks and it has not ever failed
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Old 07-12-2022, 06:39 AM   #22
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Awesome project. Following along
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Old 07-16-2022, 09:58 PM   #23
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Well folks we have concrete……..trees to drop! Rolled up Thursday afternoon to meet the delivery guy to unload mats for the concrete trucks only to find the top of a big oak laying in the driveway. Thankfully had one of the stihl’s in the back of the excursion and clipped enough to get him in to drop the mats. After I unloaded and set the mats I noticed that the leaves on a different and only other big oak on the front of the property had turned brown. Upon further observation I found that it was infested with good ol termites so now I have to drop my two big oaks. But after all was said and done we were able to pour concrete on Friday and move one step closer. Started the pour at 5:30am and around 10:45 we had an unforecasted rain storm roll in on us, thankfully it’s just a small shower and the slab finish turned out great.
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Old 07-16-2022, 10:00 PM   #24
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Well…..it won’t let me upload pics so I’ll try again later
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Old 07-19-2022, 07:55 AM   #25
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Finally got pictures to upload.
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Old 07-19-2022, 08:33 AM   #27
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Old 07-22-2022, 10:07 PM   #28
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Great progress already! Gonna be a lot of fun and memories made with the kids.
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Old 08-11-2022, 07:19 AM   #29
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Posts should speed up now. Material was delivered Tuesday afternoon and rain put a stop to any action yesterday but will sort/stage material today and start erecting it tomorrow. Stay tuned!
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Old 08-11-2022, 07:30 AM   #30
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