Moving Dirt to Build a Home and Gravel Driveway

| 4/8/2015 3:33:00 PM

The Small Home, Big Decisions series follows Jennifer and her husband, Tyler, as they build a self-reliant homestead on a piece of country property in northeastern Kansas. The series will delve into questions that arise during their building process and the decisions they make along the way. The posts are a work in progress, written as their home-building adventure unfolds.

So much excitement is happening on our property. I mean, I don’t even really like the idea of huge machines tearing into our soil and generally making a mess of the front portion of our property, but after working so hard on the “prebuilding” steps, we’re overjoyed to see the earth-movers in action. This post is a photo essay of sorts, documenting the physical progress on our property.

Marking House Site

Tyler and our contractor, Jeff, measure and flag our house corners.

After the successful perc test at the site of our future septic system, we could go ahead and mark the site where we’ll build our house. We met our contractor, Jeff Wooster, at the property and spent about an hour flagging the necessary corners, based on our final building plans, for the crew that would come out to dig the spot for our foundation.

Foundation Pit

4/14/2015 4:05:19 PM

KC, we definitely couldn't wait! :)

K.C. Compton
4/9/2015 2:42:34 PM

Ha! I love the idea of you two immediately heading out to drive up and down your new driveway. :=>

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