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Designing Your Home

Welcome to Step 8 of building a home from scratch.  This has been the most enjoyable step for us and it was in no small part to the designer we had working for us, Greg Godsey from Heritage Restorations. Step 8:  Home Design Home design can sometimes be handled in-house by the builder’s team. However, you …

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First Thing for our Farm: Irrigation

It’s been 6 months since we first put a contract on a 4 acre plot of land in Centreville, Virginia that would be the homesite for our future family farm.  6 months of interviewing builders, selecting a builder, designing a floorplan, negotiating contracts, finding a lender and and now we can finally say:  “This land …

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Interviewing Builders in Northern Virginia

In the Army we had a saying, “Hurry up and wait.” Many times you have to do things quickly, only to find yourself waiting around until you get orders to do another thing quickly.  That’s how building a home can be. If you want to move in to your home by a certain date, …

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Journey to our Promiseland

How to find land, by trusting in God. Is it any coincidence that I just happen to be reading through the account of how the Lord brought the Israelites into the land He promised to give to their ancestors in my quiet times right now?  Hmmm…since I don’t believe in coincidences, the emphatic answer is …

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Feasibility Period for Land Contracts

Step 6:  Feasibility Study Check out this beauty!  It’s a Footprint Certification Plat that the soil experts at JT Frazier and the septic design company, Nokesville Design, put together to submit to Fairfax County.  They also worked with a survey company, Schools and Townsend, for the boundary and topographic information.  As you can tell, …

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Building on Raw land in Fairfax County

When we first moved to Fairfax County we knew that homes in this area easily average in the $500,000 – $750,000 range…for starter homes! My family and I spent a few Saturdays looking at homes and we narrowed it down to three options: 1. Buy a nice, newer home in Willowsford, located in Ashburn. The …

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Merry CHRISTmas from the Lui Family

2013 will be a year we will savor as the last year we lived in Texas.  When I first moved to Georgetown, Texas in 2003, I looked at Texas like another “pit stop” for 3-4 years until I found a place I really enjoyed living in.  These 3-4 year pit stops defined my entire …

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A Church Plant in Northern Virginia

This past summer, our family moved to Northern Virginia, something we knew would happen for a very long time.  You can read about this “Decade-long goal” on my Mars Hill Realty Group blog:  http://www.marshillrealty.com/content/2013-reaching-decade-long-goal. Prior to making the final decision to move, Autumn and I prayed and believed that God wanted us to move back East …

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Arcadia Homes at Willowsford Farm – Willowsford Community Part 5

This past weekend, my family and parents had a chance to visit the grand opening of a home builder in Loudoun County, Arcadia Communities, in Willowsford. Arcadia is building in the $800,000+ price range in The Grant and The Grange sections and has one type of floorplan that is unique in this area:  A One-Story! …

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Pulte Homes at Willowsford Farm – Willowsford Community Part 4

Pulte homes is a builder that I’m very familiar with as they built quite a bit of homes in the Central Texas area.  When I think of Pulte, I think of the huge retirement community of Sun City in Georgetown, Texas that they purchased and built out.  Although these homes in Willowsford are quite different, …

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