We plan to build our log home on 1.62 acres at a new lakefront development in Northern/Middle Tennessee. It’s called, and we’ll be one of the first to build there. Here’s more…
We learned quickly that getting a loan for a log home is quite different than getting a loan for a traditional ‘stick-built’ home. Odds are, even if you qualify for a traditional home mortgage, you might not qualify right away for a loan to build a log home. When we were trying to obtain a loan to build our log home, these are the banks and mortgage lenders that we personally approached for a construction loan, and highlights from our experiences with each of them.
We still have so many questions about living in the Dover area. The prices for the land seems quite reasonable — for waterfront no less! But the only ‘odd’ thing is that waterfront doesn’t necessarily mean water access.
We had so much fun just riding around Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. While Dover is a really small town (it’s also the county seat), it’s fairly quaint and clean and quiet. At least that’s how it seemed to us — our first impression.
We are going to start our search for lake property at Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley — the northern part of Middle Tennessee, near the Kentucky/Tennessee border.
We’ve decided to open up our search to include West Tennessee and East Tennessee — in addition to right here in Middle Tennessee. Actually, we’re looking wherever the biggest, nicest lakes are. Here are all the lakes in Tennessee that we are exploring…
Here’s a list of the biggest reasons to live in Tennessee, and therefore the reasons we want to look for a place to build in either East Tennessee, West Tennessee, or right here in Middle Tennessee.
Jim & I thought of a whole new angle to our search for a place to build our dream home… We’ve only considered the possibility of having creeks around our house up to this point. But what about considering LAKES?!
To help speed up the process, I’m spending some time going through the Williamson County Property Appraiser’s website looking for vacant property in our favorite areas. You know, land that may have been passed down through the family, or that someone bought as an investment. For whatever reason, they have not built a home on that particular piece of land yet. The plan is to call each of these homeowner and see if they’d be willing to sell that land to us.
The one we like is on Oscar Green Road (technically in Primm Springs, TN… a very tiny community right next to Franklin & Leiper’s Fork). The builder/developer met us there so he could show us the boundaries of the property. Good thing he did — we’d never have made sense of those woods on our own. Anyway… It was SO nice!
After the bad news, we stayed and talked to the guy about a few other pieces of land that he knew were for sale. A couple of them are in some fairly remote parts of Leiper’s Fork. We drove our Jeep to one of them today… pretty cool
Oh, the emotions — the ups & downs, the highs and the lows of looking for property are beginning to take their toll on me. It’s like a roller coaster ride & I want off!
You are NOT going to believe this! The 5 acres next to Smokey Joe’s Cabin?… SOLD!
We spent the day looking at a few more properties we’ve passed while driving around Williamson County. But now… nothing compares to the 5 acres next to Smokey Joe’s Cabin!
We went out to explore the 5 acres of land next to Smokey Joe’s Cabin today. Wow!…
After he told us that Smokey Joe’s Cabin was sold, we decided to meet with the developer/log home builder guy to try & get some ideas about pricing and the actual process for building our own log home. He’s the expert… been doing it for 20-some years. Until now, we’d never even considered building a log home.
Small world… We met a key player in this process of buying (or even building!) a log home here in Williamson County, Tennessee!
For over a week now, I’ve rushed home from work most days so that Jim & I could go riding around looking for land here in Williamson County before it gets dark. Yep, we’ve spent most of our evenings…
Today we decided to start the process of looking for a new place to call home. I’m not sure how it happened, but when we were out riding around in the Jeep today, we just got this wild idea to start looking for land for sale here in Williamson County.
The following photos document the process of building our first home together in Franklin, Tennessee. It’s a stick-built house, as opposed to the log home that we started building 6 years after we finished this one. For the complete story on building our log home, start with the oldest posts here. The new home construction […]