Where To Build A New Home On An Acreage

I’m back with exciting news…

We’re going to build a new home! We live on 16 acres of land, some of it forested. It took me forever to decide where I wanted to put the house. (What a lucky problem to have!) If you’re shopping for land to build a house, or have an acreage and want to build; I can help you. Here are some things to consider when choosing a location to build a new home.

Do you dream of building your dream home on a piece of land? Here are some tips to help you choose where to build a new home.

Visablity

Do you want your near the entrance, or further back? That’s a personal choice, and purely aesthetic. Depending on the size and landscape of your plot, you can decide whether you want your home visible from the street or not. Your choice depends on ease of access and how much privacy you want.

Electric

The further you build from the nearest electric pole, the more expensive it gets. Your electric company will charge for each square foot they have to cover. They will usually clear the area of trees from the nearest pole to the build site, so find out how much they are willing to do before you pay to take down trees. Which brings us to…

Building A House: How To Choose A Location When Building A New Home

Clearing & Prep Work

How much clearing will you have to do? I originally wanted my house a bit further back, but there’s a forested area that would be pretty expensive to clear. Price shop for bulldozer and tree removal services and add it to your cost sheet if you are hiring out. Renting the machinery is a great option if you want to do the work yourself.

Soil

Make sure an experienced builder checks the area you want to build. You don’t want to do all that planning and clearing to find out you have a sinkhole! I also reccomend having your general contractor supervise when the pad is built. It’s important that he knows if there are any soft spots.

Well & Septic

If you’re rural, you’ll likely need to dig a well and septic tank. There are specific rules for that. The well has to be a certain distance uphill from your septic, and septic must be a certain distance from your home. Make sure you have enough cleared area when you choose where you’d like to build your home.

Building A House: How To Choose A Location When Building A House

Flooding

It’s ideal for your house to sit on a bit higher ground so that water runs away from the house. If you don’t have a higher area, or want to build in a lower position, talk to your builder about what precautions you can take to protect your home against water runoff. As a side note, check if land is flood zoned when shopping for property.

Existing Features

We have a really cool retaining wall (below) that’s over 100 years old. It’s a good distance away from the front door, and sort of defines the front yard area. I think it will “frame” the house nicely. I’m imagining some potted plants there.

Building A New House: Choosing Where To Build A New Home

Look for natural features that you can integrate into your yard, like boulders or amazing trees or shrubbery. Maybe you have an existing fence or garden you could work with.

View

Funny that view is the last thing in my list! But it was almost the last thing I got to consider. Finding a spot with the privacy I wanted in a location that wouldn’t break the bank was the hardest part. (Trees grow wherever the heck they want around here, electric poles and lines really eat the budget.)

On a larger plot of land, you can face your home in any direction you like. Imagine the view from each window, and determine where you need the most natural light.

I hope some of these tips help you if you’re building a home. I’ll keep you posted each step of the way, so follow along if you’re interested in the home building process.

P.S. Hello custom sewing room!

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DIY Antique Painted Lantern from the Dollar Store

DIY "Antique" Painted Lantern: from the dollar store!

So we just finished up remodeling the living room, and I just have a few more touches before the big reveal. I’ve been distraught because I haven’t been sewing much and didn’t have any blog posts to share. I just realized, I can just show you some of the other stuff I’ve been working on. Duh!

DIY antique painted lantern

Check out my DIY antique painted lantern- it’s from the dollar store! It was red and it’s made of some sort of thin metal with glass doors. This candle burner was in a box of stuff that doesn’t “fit in” here at the new place. It’s not the hardcore authentic railroad lantern I’ve been eyeing, but like I always say…

If you can’t afford it, fake it!

Valspar paint samples are about $2.50 and they're great for crafts and remodeling!

I used Valspar paint samples that cost $2.50 each. These are a life saver when you’re remodeling, btw.

DIY "Antique" Painted Lantern: from the dollar store!

I started with the Butternut Tree and used a small paintbrush with an angled tip to brush on the first layer. It was a real nasty brush stroke; uneven and jagged.

DIY: How To "Antique" Paint a Lantern

I slopped the Sea Air on top once it dried, and then patted it with a paper towel. After that I fingernail scraped some of the edges so the original red would show through, and cleaned up the glass with a Q-tip. I could’ve done a little bit better job with cleaning it…but I’ll get around to it:)

Faux antique painted dollar store lantern

This project took about 30 minutes including dry time. Wanna see a sneak peek of my next paint project?

"Antique" painted lantern from the dollar store

Yup. I have lots of stuff to paint; including this junky old chair. What color do y’all think?

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Innumerable WIPS: Chronicles of the Never Ending

There’s so much going on over here! I’m dropping a few lines today to say hello. I don’t have any perfect photos to share; only quick iPhone pics. But I couldn’t wait to show you some of our projects.

Innumerable WIPS

Sunroom Remodel | SewsNBows

We are remodeling the sunroom. I love the ceiling beams hubby added. Today I’m finishing the second coat of blue paint. It’s a dark, dusty blue inspired by the barn behind Bella in the photo below. (Click here to read my post about the free Scarf Neck Cardigan pattern from Swoon.)

Girls Scarf Neck Cardigan : Free Sewing Pattern from Swoon

I’m going to have rusty accents…dust and rust. My ceiling fans are white with gold; so they have to die. I’m looking for rustic fans, and a maybe some railroad lanterns too. You should see my home dec board on Pinterest. I’m going nuts.

macrame rope patio furniture DIY

Edson made these macrame rope chairs out of one of our patio sets. Everyone is asking me if I’m going to make cushions. I’m going to use them like that and just sew some decorative outdoor pillows. They are so comfortable! It looks good in my head, because the table will have mosaic tile. It always looks good in my head

Innumerable WIPS | SewsNBows

Everything on that ironing board needs to be finished. I have 2 sweaters that need Pom Pom trim, another pair of Hudson Pants that I need elastic for, a stuffed bear minus stuffing; on and on. I ran out of everything at once. How does that even happen?!

Classic Panties from PAB Patterns in tribal print fabric

These undies are my only finish for the week. (My go to pattern: Classic Panties & Camisole from PAB*) I have a strict rule about finishing a project before starting another, but I can’t run out shopping the minute I need something anymore. It’s a long drive, and my ride is a dually.

Digging a road with my Dodge Ram Duelly

I’ve been cutting a new road through the pasture to make a looped driveway. I also started a compost bin. I might have to change the blog name to SowsNHoes.

As in garden hoe, you perv.

Until next time,

Amy

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Ultimate DIY Bundle

If you read my blog, you probably love to create. There’s a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment making.

The great thing about crafting and DIY is that there’s so much to get involved in! There’s this huge world of crafting opportunities out there, and I’ve only scratched the surface with sewing. I’m unpacking at the new farm and plan to do more home decor project and get crafty. You know, lampshades and stuff. All the crap I see on pinterest!

Now,  to decide which project to dive into first.  Since my decorating budget for the new house is practically non-existent; I signed up to tell you about The Ultimate DIY Bundle! *affiliate link

It’s an instant go-to library for a whole range of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses. There are projects that the whole family can get involved in – from pet photography and home decor to chalk pastels and sewing.

For the crazy low price of just $34.95, we get access to a carefully curated library of 76 eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading DIY and crafting bloggers.

 

 

Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to Fawnsberg.com, and a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value).

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Doll Pillowcase Dress

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By Amy Mayen

Welcome to Workroom Wednesday, where I show you what’s going on in my craft room! Leave your link in the comments, I’d love to see what you’re doing too :)

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Here Mr. SewsNBows works with my nephew. Evan is “helping” set up my new washer & dryer. I think it’s so cute that he brought his little toy saw.

Doll pillowcase dress made by 7 year old

Here is a dress my daughter made on the sewing machine a while back. She was so scared it would get her fingers! We are both so proud of that little dress.

We just finished a big remodel in the sewing/laundry room. You can tell this was before the remodel (below) because the counters are unfinished.

Little helper

Once Bella gets her cast off, we’ll be able to sew some more. She doesn’t know it yet, but when I invest in a fancy machine, that little Singer will be hers!

She just found out that her dress was featured at All Things With Purpose! Thanks Sarah & Julia!

All Things with Purpose
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