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2006-02-11          124400


(Couldn't resist, he-he)

I thought I'd start a new thread to tell the tale of my new homestead.

The lovely Mrs. Av8r and I have now sold our house in the woods. We had 1 acre in central Wisconsin, near a lake called DuBay. A great place to raise my BX. We sold it becaue I have a new career as an Engineer and my work was about a 70 mile one way commute. Needless to say, something had to be adjusted.

So, to that end, last fall we bought 76 acres 40+ miles closer to my work. It is an absoutely beautiful piece of property, which is adjasent to a 7 acre lake. (typical '80' shape, 1/2 mile x 1/4 mile, the long way is east/west, the lake in on the NW corner of the property, with 4 acres off the SE corner)

The previous owner atempted to start a home there, over-looking the lake, but never built. So a 1/2 mile long driveway and telephone/electic underground runs are done. (Yeah, I know. I figure that was worth about $50k)

We built a 42 x 63 pole barn right away last fall to begin "thinning" out the stuff from our house. That is now full of trucks, cars and pallets of boxes called "storage."

We will break ground on the new house this spring. Untill then we're in a 1200 square foot apartment. (But we got cable internet!) My old e-mail account is gone, if anyone had it, so is my little website of BX stuff. I'm going to start a new one, populated with pictures of the project. So, stay tuned.

Thanks for reading my ramblings.

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2006-02-11          124402


Now that's a good story! Best of luck on your new homestead. It's stressful, but hang in there and it will work out. ....

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2006-02-11          124403


As I am in Appleton at the moment. I has more interest than usual. Sounds like a wonderful spot. When can I bring my fishing pole? ....

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2006-02-11          124404


Don't (we) know it, Ken. We have just settled on a builder today, now to finalize the plan and engineering of the house. We are building a modified version of the below link. It'll look great overlooking the lake. ....


Link:   Golden Eagle Log Homes

 
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2006-02-11          124405


I will be waiting for updates also.

AV8, I paid $350. per running foot for my power to be brought down to the house. $350. times 2600 feet? Hmmm You got a good deal there! Good luck ....

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2006-02-11          124410


Wow. I'm openly envious.

If you're near Appleton, stop in and say hello to Dave S. in sales at Appleton HD/Buell. He is one of the nation's top Buell guys, and by all accounts a swell guy.

Good luck on your new house project.

Bill ....

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2006-02-12          124419


I guess you have a lot of fun ahead of you! How much work needs to be done to get the property up to how you want it? Is it wooded? Are you flat or hilly? ....

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2006-02-12          124428


Aw Sweet!! That sounds like an awesome place for a home. Make sure the kitchen has good storage. I do all the cooking (I enjoy food, trying not dig on the wife's cooking) so my current crappy kitchen is a disappointment. Land, lake, trees, no close neighbors, tractor space and a shop. Way to go!!
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2006-02-13          124436


AV8R, the biggest problem I would have about moving away from the Lake Dubay area is that I would be farther away from Knowlton and the cheese factory. I have become somewhat of a cheese curd expert and know most of the best places in the state to get squeeky fresh cheese curds. I've been known to drive 30 miles out of my way to go through Knowlton. They are definately the best.
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2006-03-04          125559


Sounds Good. You won't regret it. We did a total career change 12 years ago. Flipped a house, moved out of CT and live in upstate NY now on 40 acres. What seemed like a lot of money for the parcel then is trivial now. The neighborhood is changing. I'm curious why the buried cable is so much? I rented a back hoe and buried 800'of cable myself. It took a day and a half to dig the trench (30" deep) put 2" of sand, lay the cable & phone the bury it. My power company wanted to charge $5 a foot for the cable. I purchased it for $1.50/ ft. If I did it again, it would be done with a ditch witch and conduit.
I must say my hair wasn't gray when I started this thing. It's totally white now. ....

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2006-03-04          125564


Update:

Building site is staked and I think we will break ground on Monday or Tuesday this coming week. We have finalized our plan and our "plan of action." Next, its off to the bank on Monday to go further into debt than I though was humanly possible! LOL. In the long run, it'll be for the best, 'cause they ain't makin' no more land like this! We hope to be able to move (again) in July.

My BX is sold to my best friend and hopefully the new L3400DT will be on site by the end of next week, too!

I am currently looking into building another website to post pictures and a blog of the progress, (I cancelled the current one, it just hasn't been deleted yet) so if anyone has an opinion on web hosting or domain name buying, let me know by PM or EM, please.

Here we go... ....

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2006-03-14          126124


Update.

Due to the warm weather last week (40's and 50's) the weight limits have been put on the local roads and no digging has occurred. This past weekend we got 10" of wet sloppy snow on top of all the mud at the building site, so we are pushed out even further, now.

GRRRR!

Good news is that I Will be picking up my L3400 tomorrow afternoon. I just don't have anything to do with it right now.

GRRRR! ....

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2006-03-22          126564


When you said you were going to break ground, I laughed!
When we built my house the forms were in, footings were ready and the trucks were on their way when it started to rain. Feb. 14th 1997, look it up AV8! We got about 2 inches in the first hour (or rain) they decided to double truck it since it was not getting any dryer. They made a fast decision that cost them about 2 hours. As the cement truck backed over the area that was where the new sewer,was laid and burried. LOL Stupid is stupid dopes! They needed to use the first cement truck to pull out the second. Used about half the rock (2-3") from my new driveway to get the trcuk backed in later! Unreal, we had 4" that day. All in all the walls came out real nice but had a pump running in the hole for the next week, Before the pump was installed there was about 5-6 foot of water in the hole! I was nervous!
Good luck and IMO dont rush anything whats another month when you compare it to a life time in that new home? ....

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2006-04-29          128565


Things are moving now on the house.

My new website is up, now too.

The Av8r Web -dot- Com. (link below too.) ....


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2006-07-04          131702


ANY UPDATES???????
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