Hooray!!!! Today was finally closing day on my land purchase in the country. I took the day off work and drove to my new small town. I stopped off at the department of roads and bridges and turned in my paperwork for my driveway permit. Only cost $25.
I was over an hour early for the closing so I went to the Library. They have a newly built modern building so I wandered around looking at all the books. I went into a reading room and read a few magazines to pass the time.
After an hour had passed I headed to the Title Office, signed all the papers and handed over my cashier’s check for $87,000. It might have hurt to hand over $87,000 but I’m not really giving it away. Just converting it to land which is always a good investment anyway. Besides, it is what I’ve been working towards my entire life so it is totally acceptable. Besides, I’m selling a little more than half for a higher price so I will actually have only paid $30,000 in the end.
The driveway permit people gave me a little white flag to put in the ground so I headed over to my new property to stick in it. I hadn’t actually planned to visit it today but now I had an excuse. After putting the flag in the ground at the location of the driveway I wandered in through the brush again just to appreciate the fact that it was now MINE!
It is quite overgrown with Mesquite tree-lings that I plan to attack with my brush cutter on Saturday. They are still thin enough to be handled I think. Tomorrow I’m going to buy some boots for snake protection. I haven’t seen any yet but I was warned to watch for rattlesnakes.
I made my way through the brush to a small copse of trees and stood there for a while as I drank in the silence. There was no incessant roar of traffic. No motorcycles being driving at high rpm by madmen with a death wish. No thumping of music by passing cars driven by future deaf people. Just silence….. Mmmmmmmm.
I heard the wind rustle the leaves. I heard cows and chickens in the distance. The peace was almost overwhelming. I experienced it with all my happiness.
I stopped at the road office again and asked where I could get a schedule of permits and inspections and was told that all I need is a septic permit and inspection. Nothing else. I can just build whatever the heck I want. This was exactly what I wanted but didn’t count on it because everywhere else I had looked required all the red tape. People usually look at me like I’m from Mars if I tell them that that is what I want. I still couldn’t believe it and can’t wrap my head around it. I’m still going to have to verify it some more. Driving down the street a little turned up a few houses that were obviously built by amateurs so maybe it is true. Mine will be to code anyway because I want it to be. I just don’t want somebody telling me how and when. YAY! This will make things a little easier if it is true.
My next step is to find an architect to turn my drawings into blueprints that I can follow. That should cost around $2000 but will be worth it. There are a few things that I’m not 100 percent sure on like the roof design. Hopefully he can also answer my questions about codes, permits and inspections. The Title lady said she knew of two architects and would send me their info.
So….YAY! The prophesy is beginning to unfold. It will be a wonderful place to die.