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Permit at last, permit at last…

October 6, 2006

Today is the day: we finally got our building permit from Lake County. What a lovely thing to come home to, especially on a Friday afternoon! Write this in red letters – on October 6, 2006 (approximately 11 months after hiring our designer), we are all cleared to begin.

There was a hold up, because the county office didn’t like something about the engineer’s work. I think he needed to explain something in more detail. Anyway, Woody submitted our plans for permit for a second time on September 25, and today we got the go ahead. WOO HOO!

There has been a slight change in our plans, since my last entry. My husband was actually hired by Disney, who packed up our things and moved us down here to Florida in a whirlwind 3 weeks. This meant that I, sadly, had to leave my job teaching 7th grade English and chairing the Gifted Department and move to my current job, where I teach honking big 6th graders in Osceola County. Approximately half of these children are 14-15, when they should, ideally, be 11. It is truly sad when you can drive to school and you’re only in the SIXTH grade! I’m hoping this school isn’t indicative of Florida’s educational system – otherwise, I don’t know how anyone would graduate before the tender age of 35.

The good news, though, is that now that we are here, I will be able to post much more information & more photos, as we continue the process of building our first home.

Engineering update

July 18, 2006

Woody gave me another update today, July 18.  The engineering firm should have our plans finalized by next week, at which point, the HVAC people need the plans for a day or two to finish the ductwork plans.  After this, we can apply for permits.

Woody is optimistic about the availability of subcontractors.  Apparently the housing market in Florida, which has been booming so amazingly, has begun to slow down.  Subcontractors are not as busy as they have been, which means that we might be able to get their services for a slightly better price, which is always good.

On the topic of the Florida housing market, Woody said that there are so many houses on the market right now that builders are offering amazing incentives, like a free Mini Cooper with the purchase of a house!

Once the plans are finished…

July 10, 2006

Apparently the permit process is much more complex than I expected. Now that our house plans are (finally, six months later!) finished, Woody, our builder, sent them to the truss engineering company. For those of you as unfamiliar as I was with the construction process, this was the next step, after plan design but before sending them to be sealed by an actual engineer.

Woody called me on July 7 to give me an update on where we stand. The truss engineering company had finished doing the truss engineering for our plans. They had, however, laid off their employee who put these plans into electronic format, so they only had the plans in paper format. Woody had lined up an engineer, but the engineer would only take the plans in electronic format, so he then had to find another engineer. Our designer sent our house plans (not the truss engineering plans) to this engineer, but she sent them in an incorrect format, so on July 7, Woody went to the engineer’s office himself, house plans and truss engineering plans in hand, and contracted for this engineer’s services. Now we wait for the approximately 2-3 weeks the engineer has estimated it will take him to stamp our plans, and then we can finally apply for a permit.

In the meantime, Woody has requested that we send him our choices for exterior door and kitchen cabinet styles, which we did through our own webpage.