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by Lou Maxon last modified Aug 03, 2011

by Lou Maxon In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects. Week 22: Status Update. We took ownership of our newly minted 21+ acre parcel in late summer 2007. For those keeping track, that is just over four years ago. One of the most direct questions we get from almost everybody (family, friends, visitors to this blog and our facebook page) is “When do you break ground?” For someone not familiar to the process it's a logical question. Why does it take so damn long to make this all happen? Naivete marks the early stages of the project. You look at the proposed schedule and feel deep down that it's all going to happen as planned, as if you were booking a vacation or something. When we bought the property we really had no motivations other than financial to get things moving. After all, having a regular mortgage on top of a land payment was motivation enough to start visualizing what the finish line would look like. For those who have been following along for all 22 weeks you know this is more of an ultra-marathon than a sprint. Here are a few things that any potential property owner or home builder may encounter along the way—along with some tips to keep you sane on your own personal home design journey.




 

 

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by Lou Maxon

In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects. Week 22: Status Update. We took ownership of our newly minted 21+ acre parcel in late summer 2007. For those keeping track, that is just over four years ago. One of the most direct questions we get from almost everybody (family, friends, visitors to this blog and our facebook page) is “When do you break ground?” For someone not familiar to the process it's a logical question. Why does it take so damn long to make this all happen? Naivete marks the early stages of the project. You look at the proposed schedule and feel deep down that it's all going to happen as planned, as if you were booking a vacation or something. When we bought the property we really had no motivations other than financial to get things moving. After all, having a regular mortgage on top of a land payment was motivation enough to start visualizing what the finish line would look like. For those who have been following along for all 22 weeks you know this is more of an ultra-marathon than a sprint. Here are a few things that any potential property owner or home builder may encounter along the way—along with some tips to keep you sane on your own personal home design journey.



 

 

 
 
 

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