The first time we found the actual driveway that went up onto the existing pad . As you can see , not much of a driveway ,To me it looked like a drainage path. But we walked up and it was meant to be!
The original raw pad as it looked in 2005 . The picture we envisioned was coming into view . Just add a little snow and a cabin and home sweet home ! Now I got to build it ! cause we had already paid for it !
My wife Joy as she stands on "our" mountain property for the first time , Yes we owned a piece of the rock .
Man I was a happy camper and could not wait to get started , But after the cash sale I knew there would be some camping trips before we started to really develop the land and start building for our future.
After several camping adventures to the property , yes adventures ! that's a story for another day , I took out a Home Depot CC with a $3000 limit . We own a CAD builder's program and set out a plan , To design and dry-in a place as soon as possible with only the $3000. on the card.
Looks are deceiving when in the mountains , level was 0 inches at the rear of pad to 32 inches on the other end . level NOT ! So with the help of lots of concrete blocks and labor we got it done !
The floor plan completed.
I start the first piece of sub-flour and quickly knock this together with my P. C. framer and 2' gal ring shanks .
The final shot from 6 days of labor in the fall of 06 this is what we ended up with . A good start to a project we had no idea we would ever even consider trying to do by ourselves , The "Mountain Gods" helped me all the way through the pain and frustration dealing with the weather and other setbacks we encountered during this first build out.
This view looking north from our upper pad site . this one will offer better views , more sunlight hours for the solar system and much more wind for the wind turbines. After building the first settlement cottage this one will have it,'s own sets of unique challenges from a builders view . The picture is taken from the an elevation a little higher than the existing pad and dose not show any of the dirt work already done before we bought it . This site is much further from the road also much more private
and that's the way it is !