When we started this journey we had a budget for various expenses building the house (appraisals, perk tests, etc) and moving in (lawn equipment, sheds, etc). Our remaining budget set aside for those expenses is quickly dwindling and we still have two large expenses to go: trenching the electricity to the house and the pending water filtration system. Last night, Erica and I sat down to take a look at what was left and re-prioritize our plans for the house and property.
Immediate Goals (0 to 3 months)
- The shed or workshop is still a high priority, although we do not know where the funding is going to come from. So much hinges on have a place to store lawn equipment, tools, supplies, etc that we have to figure out how to make this one happen.
- I’m really hoping for the workshop (14 ft x 18 ft), which would be a bit bigger than the shed (10 ft x 14 ft). Even though it wouldn’t be a true workshop in the beginning, in time as we add more structures (like a small garden shed) it would be a modest, but nice workshop (and just a workshop).
- The start of the garden. We will face time and budget restraints doing too much this season, but we want to get started.
- Evaluate land and make a plan
- We will likely need to till and disc much of the land (around the house at least) to make the land flat enough to not destroy our garden tractor. Some of this will be done for us by the builder, but we need to evaluate if more will be needed.
- Evaluate driveway and make a plan
- 32 tons of gravel will be brought in for our driveway and we have a good base of sand already where the driveway will go. We will need to evaluate the driveway provided and possibly bring more gravel in to make a place for both cars to park off the dirt.
- Evaluate tree availability and make a decision
- We will be fairly late in the season to order trees in bulk from the Department of Forestry. We plan to at least see what is left (if anything) and evaluate if we want to get any this year.
Short-term Goals (3 to 6 months)
- Evaluate gutters and make a plan
- The house does not come with gutters. We could have had them installed, but we didn’t have the budget or the desire to pay someone else to do it.
- Evaluate paint/draperies and make a plan
- The house comes pre-painted, but all the walls are all flat-paint and the same color. Painting over the flat-paint with something a bit more washable where the kids roam is a must in our minds.
- Evaluate house-related projects and make a plan
- This one roughly translates to minor projects like making Adirondack chairs for the front porch, a bench for the entry way, shelves for the den, etc.
End-of-year Goals (6 to 12 months)
- Adopt a Pyredoodle
- Erica fell in love with Pyredoodles. We would love to adopt one sooner, but we really need to figure out the fencing below (not to mention the finances to adopt the puppy). It will be hard to wait!
- Expand garden
- Ceiling fan for MBR
- Evaluate orchard and make a plan
- Evaluate fencing and make a plan
- Evaluate chickens/coop/paddocks and make a plan
- Evaluate trees and make a plan
Mid-term Goals (year 2 and 3)
- Back deck
- Garden shed
- Electricity to shed/workshop
- Not a garden pond. A nice big pond to water the garden with and get soil to cover the root “cellar”.
- Root “cellar”
- Not underground because our water table is too high. We hope to dig down a foot or two, but mostly mound over the structure with dirt dug from the pond.
- Green house
- It would have some utility purposes, but this would be use for play as much as for work.