First Step: My husband and I decide to leave the island that we love for a more affordable place to live where I can write fulltime, and we move off the island.
Second Step: Design a log home we are happy with and find the land to put it on.
Two weeks ago my husband and I finalized the very small, custom designed log home we wanted. So now we needed to buy land… somewhere. We had two requirements for where we wanted to settle. It had to be somewhere warm on the mainland where there was no state income tax. That narrowed it down to Texas and Florida, both of which will be a bit chilly for me, but the warmest we can get :-)
My DH preferred Florida and did some scouting around back in April. So last week we flew to Tampa and drove up the west coast. Our destination was the Crystal Springs/Homosassa area.
First stop was the Marina Bar so DH could show me the water and the atmosphere. I loved it! Then we moved on to some land that was close by that had a very tropical feel.
Then it was a trip up to Bronson to meet the builders. Even their office was a log place. After a tour of the factory and a couple sample homes, the land search began in earnest.
I won’t bore you with the details we learned about building in Florida, but after days of looking at all types of land in the area, we made an offer on a piece of land and it was accepted. We have a contract! Whoohoo! Four dry acres that will give us lots of privacy and plenty of room to expand if we want.
Now to the next step. Architectural blueprints, pricing and the contractor. This is going to take a while, but we are thrilled to have started the process.