Breaking Ground … hard frozen ground…

If I knew how much work it would be to develop a property would I have gone ahead and purchase raw land? This is a question that I’ve asked my self many times and lately others have been asking it of me as well.   My answer is, quite honestly, I don’t know!  At this point in the game there’s no going back and I am 100% thrilled about the project …. but with the financial stresses and many delays it’s definitely been a challenge to keep a calm mind. I’ve gone into panic mode a few times in the past year but thankfully have good friends to talk me off the ledge… it will all work out, it will be ok, you will come out the other end and forget all of the challenges and struggles.

The interesting thing is, is that when I reflect back I can really see that everything has happened as it should. All of the delays that cropped up gave us time to make some really great changes in our plan.

So, the latest news from Raven’s Perch is that in mid-October we got our permits to go ahead with the build and just this past week Jessie and his crew broke ground. They had to work against cold weather to get the trench dug and water/electric lines laid … temperatures at night dipping down to -9 degrees Celsius.  All this has been done – lines to the small cabin, lines to our home and a third line to the edge of the slope that will be used for the property in the lower lot at some future point. 

The concrete was poured Wednesday and will take a few weeks to dry – it is covered with insulated tarps to help it along. The first Nomad shipment is due this coming Thursday which is very exciting news! Once the concrete is ready then the crew can start assembling the first two cubes which will make up our home. Because of the weather it may be spring before we gain occupancy … even though the homes should go up within a matter of weeks. I’ve surrendered control of any particular outcome so (as I talked about in an earlier post) what will be will be.

I’m so glad that we didn’t know what we didn’t know just over a year ago when we first walked onto this piece of property! I’m glad I didn’t let fear of the unknown affect my decision – I’m glad I was “The Fool” and stepped off of the cliff ready and open to have an adventure. I’m learning so much, not only about project management and property development, but about myself.

The Fool represents new beginnings, having faith in the future, being inexperienced, not knowing what to expect, having beginner’s luck, improvisation and believing in the universe.

Since I am back in Victoria now for a few months, Steve is sending regular photographs (the pictures in this post are by him… thank you Steve!). I’m hoping to have a tree mounted camera in place by the time that the guys start assembling the Nomads so that I can witness the construction via time lapsed videos!  I’ll be sure to share them with you.