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The Rambling Writer’s Quest for Home, part 6: We Start Building!

A year after we made an offer on this high-bank waterfront lot on the Salish Sea, we have survived a LOT of bureaucracy and started building our new home.

NOTE: People have been asking to follow our progress as Thor and I pursue our quest for our dream home with sunsets over the Salish Sea. So starting with my post of 5/21/22, we set out.

If you’ve followed this blog series (last post was July 29, as there wasn’t much to talk about except one more and one more hurdle to jump before finally getting our permit.) After a last-minute question from Fish & Wildlife re the offshore herring spawning area, we got the building permit!!!! Our builder had kept moving the subcontractors’ schedules out farther and farther, while we got closer and closer to the expected fall rain deluges that we were trying to prepare for with drain installation that required the permit. Amazingly, everyone was available and ready to start work. Hurrah!!!

But before we start, a reminder of the waterfront native-plant buffer we are required to maintain, after the former owner clearcut the lot without a permit. In early summer, it looked like this, and we had help whacking weeds to let the new desired plants grow. Bear dog helped guard the perimeter:

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2 thoughts on “The Rambling Writer’s Quest for Home, part 6: We Start Building!”

  1. Oh My God it was good to get started. I told our builder that I was going to camp out on the site and give him my innovative ideas for how to build the house. Since I have no experience building houses it lets me think “outside of the box”. He seemed deeply grateful.

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