Here is the Modern Steaders Property Tour you have been waiting for!
We have had a lot of Modern Steaders asking about the layout of Lumnah Acres. In today’s video, we did an overview of our Modern Homestead. If you would like to see the layout of Lumnah Acres here is the Link to the video. http://bit.ly/2watYbW
Here is a little bit more of the backstory. We decided that living in Massachusetts wasn’t for us, and decided that New Hampshire was where we wanted to put our roots down. In 2014, we purchased a property that was in foreclosure. It was 8.5 acres with a house that was pretty much burnt to the ground. Crazy right? The foundation was still in good shape, and we took our chances that the septic and well were still good as well.
The purchase of the property took awhile. When you are dealing with bank owned property nothing happens fast. Finally, in the summer of 2014, we were able to get the mess cleaned up. We were very fortunate that the foundation was still in great shape. We cleaned it out, made the walk out basement wall bigger. Power washed the inside. We didn’t have water at the site but a power washer hooked to an IBC filled with 225 gallons of water in the back of a truck has enough water press to feed the pressure washer from 10 feet above it.
We were still living in Massachusetts at this time. To assure the foundation would stay in good shape, hired someone to cap it for us. (meaning we had floor joists put in and plywood put on it). We painted the plywood cap and then we covered it with a huge tarp, to help weather proof it. That winter we got a ton of snow and rain, and then, even more, snow and rain. Luckily we check on the property when we were up visiting family because one of the times we came it was about ready to cave in! 🙁 We had to shovel it off! It was not fun, there was over two feet of wet heavy snow! After that, we were nervous the rest of the winter and kept our fingers crossed that we would not get that much snow again. Spring finally came and we never had to shovel it again!
Since we were living in MA and trying to sell our house there, we didn’t have the time to start the construction of our soon to be NH home. The construction season in Northern NH is short since winter comes early. That being said, we made the decision to hire a contractor to put up the shell of our soon to be house! The contractor constructed the exterior walls, sheathed them, set the roof trusses and put the metal roof on.
Fortunately, our house in Massachusetts sold very quickly. Everything was falling into place. After we got done with the closing, we jumped in a moving truck and drove up to Northern NH with the rest of our belongings. The very next day, we started building the rest of the house!
Let us know your thoughts on our video tour of Lumnah Acres, and how it all started!!!