Home Building Journal

Starting Spring of 2022 we will be building a custom home on 3 acres just outside Moscow, Idaho. We will be acting as our own general contractor, doing some of the work ourselves, and cash flowing it from the sale of our previous home.

August 2021 – The decision to move is made as we have the opportunity and ability to make a cash offer on 3 acres with our friends purchasing the adjacent lot. I begin house plan hunting.

September 2021 – It is obvious that no house plan on the internet will quite meet our needs and work on our sloped view lot. I begin drawing plans using SmartDraw, spending 20+ hours a week on the project as I figure out what we want in a home.

October 2021 – The property deal closes after the seller had the electricity and natural gas brought to the lots and an access driveway installed. After research and inquiries, we decide to act as our own general contractor and cash flow our build after selling our current home which we own outright. Partly this was due to builder availability, but primarily due to our Dave Ramsey diligence earning us a 0 credit rating, making a construction loan difficult.

November 2021 – We get pretty close on our own drawn plans to what we want in a home and sign a contract with a home designer local to the site to help us refine our plans and turn them into construction documents.

January 2022 – We move to Idaho into a 1400sqft rental so we can sell our Kennewick home and be on site as soon as the build can begin. With all the snow on the ground, it’s obvious that will be awhile, but we still have several design meetings before our construction documents are ready anyway.

February 2022 – We met several times with our home designer, Luke Ryan of North House Co., and finish tweaking it until it’s just right. We added a lighting plan and made sure there’d be outlets in the coat closet and in the floor by our game table. Now we wait for the final construction documents to be completed!

March 2022 – Our time in March has been spent waiting on construction documents and researching things like shower materials, kitchen cabinets, and light fixtures. One tweak we made to the house plan was in the master bathroom, which just seemed too big with too much wasted space. We decided we’d likely not use a separate soaking tub and nice as it might look, it wouldn’t look nice if I didn’t clean it, which I wouldn’t. Let’s be real. Here’s the adjustment we made, with the extra space going to the laundry room:

Backstory

In May of 2021 our family began serious discussions about the advisability of leaving Washington State for political reasons. All around the United States, a great migration has been unrolling which will likely only solidify and deepen already pronounced political divides. Washington State, for its part, clearly wants to out-California California, and the governor still retains emergency powers which allow him to abrogate personal freedom in a way no American should put up with.

While many seem to assume everything will return to normal shortly, both time and trajectory indicate otherwise. Agendas that were hidden are now plain and bold, and there is no end in sight to the media and mandates continuing to manipulate people into behavior that increases power for those in power and decreases independence of mind, conscious, and action on the part of the average citizen. The consequences of policies over the last two years cannot be undone readily and no one is working to undo them in Washington State.

On the prediction that political turmoil in our country is only beginning and not soon to end, our family decided to move to a more stable, conservative state, to a town with several solid churches that recognize the need to actively educate and equip ordinary people to live godly lives in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation. We are only 2 1/2 hours from our hometown, so we can maintain our connections and easily visit family, but not only are we across the state line in Idaho, we are in a community that will give our children opportunities to rise to the needs of their times and a community large enough and aware enough to rally should times grow more troubled than they are.

In the midst of thinking, talking, and praying about this decision, each knock on the door we made swung that door wide open. We had these conversations with another family as well, and when they put out inquiries about the possibility of purchasing land, we soon had an opportunity for our families to each buy 3 acres adjacent to one another just outside town before the land went on the market.

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10 Comments

  1. This is fun to read! I think you mean you moved in Jan 2022, but I totally get that I’m having a hard time believing its not 2021 still. I look forward to following this process.

  2. Fantastic! Be bold in Christ and His leading. I forward to my husband retiring so that we can move to Idaho too. There are good things brewing there. Bless you and your move.

  3. A friend who is remodeling a house shared her kitchen plan with me the other day. I need to do that, print out a zoomed in picture of the kitchen and pantry and plan what will go where. She is downsizing and I’m upsizing, she is remodeling and I’m getting a new build, so the planning is a bit different. But she totally inspired me!

  4. well, back again! March update: oh my… my big dream is to have a soaking tub. I’ve got it picked out even (style at least) and we’ve not even broken ground yet. Baths are my go to feel good. I’ve decided that the medicinal benefits of hot water are underrated.

    1. That’s true, but it will also take extra structural support to have a soaking tub (which holds much more water than a regular tub) on an upper floor. I think I’d rather have an actual hot tub eventually. :)

      1. We are planning to put in a pool with a hot tub a year or two after we move in. Something we’ve dreamed of! We all love the water… thinking about how to add a “water wall” to have flowing water somewhere since I know that will entrance both my boys. Living in Central Texas makes it worth having an inground pool.

  5. We have never yet (a decade in) regretted our choice to have a smaller master bathroom with no tub, even though our builder tried hard to talk us into it. Small bathrooms are such a blessing- that’s my story and I’m sticking to it 😊

    1. Instead of a tub, the new plan has closet space right in the bathroom, so towels and fresh undergarments can go right there. We’ll use and appreciate that every single day. :)

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