Diary of a Female Builder


In August of 2015 I embarked on an adventure of a lifetime. I sold my properties in Georgia and moved to a small town outside of Asheville, NC. I owned 4.45 acres of virgin land in Marshall, NC that had all the charm and beauty of a fantasy. This is where I chose to build my dream home.

The first week of August, we (my husband Robert and me) popped up a couple of tents to stay in while we waited for our rental to become available. One thing for sure, I'm not cut out to be a camper! The cows in the pasture behind us weren't too fond of our stay either. They moooowed all through the night. Needless to say, we didn't get a lot of sleep during this time. Finally, on August 9, 2015 our rental became availabe, and boy was I happy!

As the large machinery cut into the first of untouched earth, we saw the glimpse of what was to become a long and grueling journey. Since our property sits on mountainous terrain, the excavators had to work around much rock. The incline of our driveway stretches to 900 feet at a 16 degree slope. This was a monumental undertaking.

Additionally, imagine the length of the power lines. Using French Broad EMC as our power company, the crew worked diligently to ensure we could have neccessary power regardless of our remote location. In order to get the power lines up the driveway and to the home, the power compay cut down countless trees. This was a devastating process to watch. However, to make lemon-aid out of lemons, we chose to use the lumber from our yard for our interior and exterior wood. This was a decision I am so pleased we chose.

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