Log Home Financing (Or Lack Thereof) Halts Our Log Home Construction Plans

For those who have been following along with our quest to obtain financing to build a log home... We've pulled the plug. At least for a year. We have spent the last 2 years in ongoing communication with banks (about a dozen, 4 of which we jumped through their hoops and met all of their contingencies). I can't even begin to tell you how time-consuming and overwhelming it has been to repeatedly gather paper, scan & fax documents, and talk finances day in and day out -- only to end up … [Read more...]

All These Delays & Changes May Actually Be A GOOD Thing…

My motto has always been: Change Is Good. But never has that seemed more true than now. You see, it's been about 2 years since we started the process of building our log home. We had the land picked out, the bank picked out, the GC picked out, the builder picked out, the logs picked out, the floorplan designed the way we wanted it, and we even started clearing the land. Then why isn't our log home done yet? Why haven't we even raised the first log yet? We've been forced into a slight holding … [Read more...]

Personal Highs Matched With Regional Lows

Perhaps the first 'official' sign that construction is about to take place on our new log home site: the posting of the Building Permit! Unfortunately, this day in Williamson County, Tennessee was filled with just as many highs as lows -- emotionally speaking. You see, last night we had some very destructive storms (including an EF2 Tornado) pass through the Leipers Fork area -- near where we are building our log home. … [Read more...]

Williamson County TN Building Permits & Fees: What You Need To Know

Wooo hooo... We got our Building Permit today! Finally. Here's the funny part. (Well, not funny ha-ha.) The cost of our Building Permit was $9,177! Jim about had to change his drawers when they called to say our permit was ready to pick up. To break it down... The Building Permit itself cost us $1,240 The Plumbing Permit cost us $75 The Mechanical Permit cost us $28 And the worst part: The Privilege Tax amounted to $7,834 Talk about a bittersweet moment!!! … [Read more...]

Getting The Lay Of The Land… Surveying The Property

Our property had already been surveyed (several times) by the previous owners. This is a fairly tricky lot to build on -- what with all the creeks and hills and rocks and required septic fields and such. Turns out... of the 5 acres we own, there is only one tiny little spot where the home can actually go. The rest will be hilly trails and a forest of thick trees lining the creeks. So, to ease our mind, and clarify for all involved (including the bank, the County, and ourselves), we asked the … [Read more...]

Tips For Buying Lake Property In East Tennessee

Joe is our "roving reporter" for the day. He's a longtime visitor to this site and you will find his comments at the end of many of the articles found here. He has certainly done a lot of research on lake living (in Tennessee) and log home building, in general. Joe and his wife recently spent some time in East Tennessee visiting potential homesites for their future log home. We are most grateful that Joe has taken the time to compile a summary of his findings. If you are interested in … [Read more...]

Important Info Regarding Lake Property For Sale In Tennessee

My friend Joe (whom I've never met) is a regular visitor to this site, and also a future log home owner (...if all goes as planned). I don't know what I did to deserve it, but he has provided me (and by extension, you all) with some very valuable information that I just have to share. This mostly pertains to those seeking a lake lot on which to build here in Tennessee... … [Read more...]