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Getting Acquainted

Updated: Jul 13, 2019




We’re about a month into our new life and wanted to check in with all my people. I’m continually in awe of the beauty Sandpoint has to offer. In fact, I still feel like I need to pinch myself every day. I can’t figure out what my favorite part of this small town is. Is it the sound of the train, the weekly farmers market, the people here being more than welcoming, the ability to go from the forest to sandy beaches in minutes? I could go on and on. To actually be living the small town life that we dreamed of and in such a beautiful area seems unreal.



On the home build front, we’re on schedule and under budget. Hopefully we‘ll stay on that track throughout. I’ll be honest though, every time we make a big purchase, I feel myself holding my breath because I’m so fearful of running out of money. Yep, I said it. I’m not typically so forthcoming but you‘ll be getting the real me with this blog. If you haven’t read my other posts, then I should mention that we are doing this without a loan. Going over budget isn't an option so when I see our bank account drop, a part of me panics. However, by doing all of the work ourselves (including design, drafting, engineering, building etc.) we save on labor costs and extra fees; allowing us to do this without having a mortgage. Will it take a little longer since we don’t have a crew? Yes. But we will have 100% ownership of this home and I think that’s a true definition of the labor of love.


This week, we are waiting on the concrete truck to pour footings! Actually getting to walk around the floor plan we designed on paper is mind blowing. All the planning, property clearing and dirt work it took just to get to this point makes me appreciate my husband that much more.




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