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Nicole ....... this is beautiful!!! My husband and I are in the process of making a move too and building a house in NC ..... coming from NYC. We found an amazing builder who has won plenty of awards for his Tour of Homes in NC. I know he travels all over to do work and his quality is out of this world. We are also working with him on geothermal and he is very much into building for your needs. For example .... in one house he built he made it so there was a door in the garage that was on the other side of the same door in the kitchen this way you could pull your recycling and garbage out to the garage instead of carrying it through. He is AMAZING at closets and using space floor to ceiling. We worked for months on our plans and he worked with us via the phone to get it just the way we wanted them to be. He also does amazing flag stone porches ......... I know how you feel that you need to be pinched because it really is such an exciting time!!! Good luck.

How exciting to finally get to working towards your dream property! Love all the trees and idea for an orchard and animals! It sounds like the perfect place for kids to grow up. Best of luck!

I was just wondering the other day what was happening with this. It's going to be so fun to watch your dream come true. Thanks for posting!

Thanks for the update Nichole! I am so excited for you and your family, to be able to have the home of your dreams! And oh, that land! Just beautiful!

WOW, this is going to be an amazing journey for you and your family. My very best wishes to you all! Thanks for the photo tour :o)

Nichole -

The property is so beautiful and I'm glad you plan to leave it as untouched as possible. I am so excited for you! I am just going to let you know right now that I plan to live vicariously through you on this build - LOL! Wishing you lots of luck.

Elaine Allen


They have amazing trees. We are doing the Italian Prune Plum tree from Germany for cakes and strudels ........ and I want to harvest them as well to have during the year. They have all the climate zones listed so you could start looking to see what you like........

http://www.treesofantiquity.com/index.php?main_page=index This is where we are getting our Italian Prune Plum Trees ........

How cool! Your property looks beautiful--congratulations again on your dream come true!

Wow, after reading your blog entries, I find myself anxious to see more. I can't imagine how impatient you all must be. I look forward to the continuing journey.

This is fabulous, Nicole! I'm so excited for you and your family and appreciate your keeping us along for the ride. I will stay tuned.

How exciting for you, Nichole. My DH and I have built two houses (we were the general contractor) and let me tell you, they are a lot of work but also a lot of fun (if you like that sort of thing.) Can't wait to see how it comes along.

Good luck with your amazing adventure!

Nichole this looks so wonderful. Three years ago my husband and I did almost the same thing. We bought a very wooded 20 acre parcel in Montana and the first thing we did was clear some trees for our driveway and building site. We thought and dreamed of nothing else. It turned out so beautiful and it was one of the most exciting times of our 30 year marriage. You and your family will enjoy and remember this time for the rest of your lives. Congratulations and best wishes for the coming journey.

Nichole, thank you so much for sharing your dreams and photos. How very exciting to be able to shape, plan and plant your dreams. This is indeed a moment in time that will be cherished by your entire family. I can only begin to think of the joys you all will share. Your orchard and pristine love of nature will be honored. Enjoy every moment of this great adventure.

What a wonderful dream come true. I dream of building my own home on a lot with large, full grown trees some day. For now I'll most certainly live vicariously through you. What a perfect place with so much potential! How far away from the nearest town (shopping, a library, the kids' schools for example) will you be?

I know exactly how you feel, Nicole. My husband and I bought a 1950's ranch intending to completely renovate it to look more turn of the century as we are located in an historic district in a city outside of down town Atlanta. That was 6 years ago. We are finally moving out of the house this weekend to officially begin the renovation tomorrow. Woo hoo! Maybe we can all share our thoughts and progress of our projects with you on this blog and encourage each other?

I am going to love seeing Cedar Ridge unfold, Nicole! Good luck to you all in this wonderful adventure!

Hi Nicole! I've been following your other blog for some time now and am happy to be able to follow this one too. My husband and I bought 7.5 acres at the top of a mountain in Alabama almost four years ago. I was in the midst of chemo for breast cancer at the time and felt that life was too short to wait on our dream. We built a tiny log cabin for the two of us, also situated to take advantage of our beautiful view. It is just heaven to curl up in the porch swing with a good book and listen to the nature that surrounds me. Last week we were blessed enough to be able to purchase our next door neighbor's place and we are now the proud owners of 20+ beautiful acres! I completely understand how you feel about your beautiful new future home and your kids are going to love it. Our next goal is to get our daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons moved up here with us. Best wishes to you and your family, and I look forward to seeing your progress! Hugs! ~ Cindy

How wonderful to begin! Thank you for sharing your journey with us. My husband and I started keeping honey bees last year. Maybe you could consider having some honey bees since you would like an orchard. Bees do wonders for all of us and they really complete that peaceful feeling in a garden. :0)

Congratulations! I look forward to following you thru this exciting journey. Your land is so beautiful, I happy to hear that you are trying to leave as much of it alone as possible. Everyone certainly looks like they are enjoying the process!

Wow Nicole, what a beautiful place! And all yours for as far as you can see! Wonderful name too, it's perfect! Many years ago my Aunt and Uncle bought their 10 acres in PA. There were lots of oak trees at the top of the driveway. Aunt Sue said she could hear the wind singing through the trees. So she named it Singing Oaks. And she was able to incorperate that into the address.
I wish you the best of luck with your new home. I look forward to your posts as you progress.

Oh Nichole, it is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing.


what a beautiful location!!! can't wait to see more as this project continues!

Great location Nichole! Your children are going to love growing up here! Plus your children have grown so much since the cruise! Time sure does fly!

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