During the summer of 2009 Carol and I were searching for a vacation cabin on the coast of Maine as a get away type property. That same summer Carol had clients who were looking for Lakefront property in our area of New Hampshire.
To make a long story short, Carol showed these folks several homes and lots on area lakes, they ended up deciding not to buy anything. While working with these clients though, Carol had shown them a property on Mascoma Lake several times and she had come to appreciate what it offered. She thought it might make sense for us to “vacation” where we lived instead of in Maine and took me to the lot for a look. Once on the lakefront lot, I completely agreed with her and we bought the land.
Carol and I thought it might be interesting to share our experience building a Lakefront home over the next six months or so, the effort starts today. As I write this, excavators are at work on the property digging the hole for our foundation. But that is not the beginning of the story, so I’ll get to that later.
It all started with buying the land. Our offer included contingencies that we obtain assurances that a 2 bedroom septic system could be built, New Hampshire shore land protection requirements could be met and a building permit could be obtained from the Town of Enfield . We worked with Pathways Consulting, LLC. who surveyed the lot, dug test pits and did preliminary design work on a septic system. With this work complete, we had enough certainty that a home could be built on the property that we moved ahead with the purchase and closed on the property April 30th, 20010.
Now it was time to figure out what we wanted to build, when we would build it and how we would pay for it. How we ended up sorting those details out will be the next part of our story.