Big Announcement: We’ve Got Land

As if we don’t have enough going on with Precious and her pending adoption, Jason and I have also been working on another big project. We’re building a house! Well, we will be once we sell our little mid-century modern ranch. But, we have purchased a piece of land. It’s really rare for land to become available in our 1950s-70s developed neighborhood, but the house that originally sat here was removed after a fire. This lovely, treed, flat, half-acre lot is less than a mile from our current home and just 6 houses down from my parents house. That probably sounds too close to most people but we have a great relationship and I love that Precious and our other future kids will be able to walk to over to Grandma and Grandpa’s.

We found a local architect, Ryan Thewes, that we’re really excited to work with. He’s studied with students of Frank Lloyd Wright and he does a lot of modern design. We think he’s the perfect architect to bring the mix of mid-century and modern that we’re hoping for. Building a house is something we’ve been dreaming of for a long time but assumed it would be in our distant future. When the perfect lot opened up, we decide to take a leap of faith. God has blessed us with great friends and family who helped us work everything out.

Our biggest motivation for moving out of the home we absolutely love: more space and bedrooms for more kids. We tossed around the idea of building on but ultimately decided to move on. Our home is three bedroom but one of the rooms is Jason’s studio which leaves just one room for kids. That worked great for the past 5 years but we’ve moved into a new season. Now that we have Precious for good, with DCS regulations for foster homes we would only be able to take one more child and she’d have to be a girl close to Precious’ age. We have it in our hearts to continue fostering more kids so more bedrooms are a must.

Here are some pictures I took on the property back in October the day we met Ryan there with our friend and real estate agent Jeremy (and his dog Maggie.):

You can bet I’ll be blogging about our experience all along the way. We’re super excited!


8 Responses to Big Announcement: We’ve Got Land

  1. Annie says:

    Very exciting indeed!! Congratulations

  2. SusanV says:

    Awesome! Happy homebuilding! Praying that your current home sells quickly so you can get right to the new construction.

    What will you do in the interim? You will most likely have to move out of your current house before the new one is done, right? Are you going to stay with your parents for a bit?

    For the record, I would LOVE to be that close to my parents! There are SO MANY good reasons to be that close, especially if you have a good relationship with them.

  3. Julia says:

    how cool. congrats!

  4. Wow! How exciting! I know the feeling you have right now- all the good stuff of moving, adoption, new job…we are in the midst of that too!

  5. jillbrowning says:

    So happy for you!

  6. Amy says:

    This is SO awesome!! I can’t wait to see all the plans and pictures and hear about the progress! YAY!

  7. renata says:

    By the way, we stop by when we were visiting. Ben ran around your piece of land and we got excited for the 3 of you with all the new possibilities… Cant wait to see what you guys come up with! miss you!

  8. how exciting!!! and I love Ryan’s work!

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