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John Beard

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Starting the Process...
« on: September 04, 2014, 12:08:10 PM »
We have begun the  long process of getting rid of everything, we will never go 100% full time because of our family, but I am hoping that within 2-years we are a minimum of 50% timers... :) for 2-3 years at least.

My first step was to order a 20-yard dumpster to begin throwing away or getting ready to yard sale, or donate everything in my shop and storage shed. So far I've filled half the dumpster with just plain old junk, debris, and broken car parts from years of tinkering.

By the end of September I will be free of all the junk I've accumulated over the last 40 years in my shop and storage shed. With every load out to the dumpster I feel closer to my goal. It is really liberating to rid one's self of a lifetime of junk.

Step two will follow this coming spring when we have our moving sale. We're selling this house and downsizing significantly. We built this house when we had a growing family, it now needs another growing family. Too much work in this house and property for me. We're going sell this place and build a much smaller house with a HUGE shop for indoor RV storage. 1,500 sq ft home, with a 5,000 sq ft shop.

It is fun to begin something with an end goal of something fun.

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Re: Starting the Process...
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2014, 01:38:18 PM »
We did the same thing three years ago, and you are correct, it is indeed very liberating to be rid of stuff that we found we really did not need. Three yard sales, six months selling on Ebay, and giving much away. Our only hiccup was our house did not sell, however our son was happy to rent it long term. Now we must be careful we don't start gathering stuff again. Nice to be able to go where we want when we want. Next destination Moab, UT in Oct.
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2014, 02:07:18 PM »
We did the same thing three years ago, and you are correct, it is indeed very liberating to be rid of stuff that we found we really did not need. Three yard sales, six months selling on Ebay, and giving much away. Our only hiccup was our house did not sell, however our son was happy to rent it long term. Now we must be careful we don't start gathering stuff again. Nice to be able to go where we want when we want. Next destination Moab, UT in Oct.

We're hopeful on the house selling, houses don't seem to stay long on the market around here. In the last few months anyway the market has picked up a bit, and they are building in our area too. We'll see when we're ready to sell what the market holds for us.

We'll see you/meet you in Moab. I am looking forward to it, we're not going anywhere until then.
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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2014, 07:15:51 AM »
I ran an ad on Facebook for free Jeep parts (1974-1979) and after about three hours I've gotten rid of everything except an Inline 6, 4.0L engine. The property is looking good better.

I am 90% complete in getting ready to sell our residential rental property. Renters are just too unwilling to keep up the property so we decided to sell it. Hopefully we'll price it right and it'll sell quickly.

The dealership where I am looking at a diesel coach has dropped the price on the 2014 by 40k, so they are looking like they are anxious to sell. I'll be calling them today.

Our first grandson was born this week, so I it is going to be like pulling teeth to get my wife away from Las Vegas for very long periods at a time. But with our travel plans over the next year we'll be on the road for about 8-10 weeks. This will be our longest stretch ever, and a step in the right direction.

My Part Timing quest continues. A Part Timer to me is those who stay out 6 months+ per year...one day I hope to be a part timer.
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Re: Starting the Process...
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2014, 09:30:44 AM »
We've been part-timers for 15 years, John. Works for us! We love our motorhome and we love our Florida home base too.
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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2014, 10:30:49 AM »
I hope we can be called "parttymers" too!  :)   We will never sell the s & b, because Becky loves her students. (she gives private musical instrument lessons in our home). But we try to be out for 3 months in one trip each year, and then several mini-trips of a week or so.

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Re: Starting the Process...
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2014, 04:02:55 PM »
How exciting! I wish you the best of luck!

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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2014, 04:38:04 PM »
How exciting! I wish you the best of luck!

Thank you, with each little baby step the day gets closer. 
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Re: Starting the Process...
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2014, 08:51:56 PM »
We had a giant garage sale last weekend. In the process also donated lots of stuff and some stuff was just garbage that went to the dump. All closets and the garage have empty shelves. We are hosting a few events for the holidays and then the house is getting listed in January.

We have to work until the end of 2016, so we need to stay in the area.  We keep debating about moving to a smaller place to rent until ready to go on the road (apartment, townhouse, small house). Or buying the motorhome now and parking it and living in it. We like the idea of learning all about the RV and probably saving a lot of money, but not sure yet as our 2 college sons visit frequently.

Good luck with your downsizing.
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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2014, 11:30:57 PM »
We went through the process you did John in 08'. Except our place which I thought would take months to sell (right at the beginning of the recession) sold in 3 weeks, and then the buyer wanted a 3 week escrow!  So we had 3 weeks once we got the final OK from the bank to sell everything, or give it away. Moved into the MH for the last 3 months while waiting for the DW's retirement date. 

On July 7th 08' we went jacks up and never looked back! It was an awesome feeling!
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« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2014, 07:08:54 AM »
We went through the process you did John in 08'. Except our place which I thought would take months to sell (right at the beginning of the recession) sold in 3 weeks, and then the buyer wanted a 3 week escrow!  So we had 3 weeks once we got the final OK from the bank to sell everything, or give it away. Moved into the MH for the last 3 months while waiting for the DW's retirement date. 

On July 7th 08' we went jacks up and never looked back! It was an awesome feeling!

I am really looking forward to liberating feeling of only owning what fits in the CCC of my (next) motor home. In the last few weeks I filled a dumpster full of junk, I invited a local day laborer over with his pick up and we loaded umpteen loads of old jeep parts (sheet metal), and miscellaneous metals in his truck. He was one happy immigrant. I gave away an entire drive train to a Jeep CJ last week too. The way I figure it if I haven't touched it since I moved into this house in 1999, then I can probably give it away or Craig's List it.

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Re: Starting the Process...
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2014, 09:15:59 AM »
we are also getting ready to go out as part timers, we are on the 2-4 year plan. this winter we will be down sizing as much as possible, today we went through the Christmas "stuff" and have it on the face book for anyone who wants it.
it is absolutely amazing all the "stuff"  we acquire over the years.
look forward to seeing you on the road!!

Gonna put the world away for a minute......
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« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2014, 09:50:23 AM »
I think this is also good for your mental health.

I had a neighbor that died last year. They had a hard time walking through his house and finding him. He just sat in his chair and piles of "stuff" just piled up around him. In another story, a husband found his wife dead inside one of their rooms piled high with stuff that she just crawled under and then past away.

I think that a person's ability to have goals, to organize and plan, and reduce their "stuff," whether they rv or not, is actually very healthy.

I plan to keep my house at it is ideally located. If you are planning on buying a diesel pusher, it sounds like the Jayco Seneca came off your list. 
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« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2014, 10:05:40 AM »
Craig's list was ideal for getting rid of stuff.  I listed a small air compressor one night for $20. It was almost new. A guy called and rushed over at about 8 PM to get it.  By the time he left an hour later, his car was overflowing with stuff! 
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« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2014, 10:49:45 AM »
it is absolutely amazing all the "stuff"  we acquire over the years.
look forward to seeing you on the road!!

I am amazed at all of the pure junk that I collected.
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« Reply #15 on: November 10, 2014, 03:10:06 PM »
We had a giant garage sale last weekend. In the process also donated lots of stuff and some stuff was just garbage that went to the dump. All closets and the garage have empty shelves. We are hosting a few events for the holidays and then the house is getting listed in January.

We have to work until the end of 2016, so we need to stay in the area.  We keep debating about moving to a smaller place to rent until ready to go on the road (apartment, townhouse, small house). Or buying the motorhome now and parking it and living in it. We like the idea of learning all about the RV and probably saving a lot of money, but not sure yet as our 2 college sons visit frequently.

Good luck with your downsizing.


We went through the process you did John in 08'. Except our place which I thought would take months to sell (right at the beginning of the recession) sold in 3 weeks, and then the buyer wanted a 3 week escrow!  So we had 3 weeks once we got the final OK from the bank to sell everything, or give it away. Moved into the MH for the last 3 months while waiting for the DW's retirement date. 

On July 7th 08' we went jacks up and never looked back! It was an awesome feeling!


That is so great!  I admire you for what you're doing. I hope some day to be able to do the same thing.  I live in a townhouse and even as small as it is I still can't believe how much stuff I have after living here for almost 18 years.  I want to downsize as much as I can and have started getting rid of stuff.  I have a looooooong way to go and it feels like such a daunting task, but I think I will be much happier after. I think keeping my house clean will be easier too.  For a few years now I have just been wanting so much to live a simpler life in the hope of trying to find some peace of mind and the more I lean towards that goal the more I want to just be completely free of everything except what is most important to me which is my family.  We don't own an rv yet, but I hope we will get one in a few years' time. I'd love to be completely free and un-tethered to anything and to be able to just go and see the country and have my family with me and my home would be wherever we are.  That sounds so liberating and I think it would be great for my soul.  For now to get ready I want to sell what I don't use. I've already downsized my wardrobe to where it would fit in an rv wardrobe closet and am about to do the same for the rest of my things.  I told my husband that my goal is to be able to fit into just the downstairs area of our home. If we can live in that space, I know we could live in an rv.  I just have SO MUCH stuff though.  I have to start learning how to sell on ebay and craigslist. :)  Seeing other people that have already done it and that are living the dream is so inspiring to me. I thank you all for sharing your stories on here. It motivates me to keep pushing forward even though the task is hard.  I hope I will see you all on the road someday. :)


I think this is also good for your mental health. 

I think so too.  I think it's hard to have a peaceful quiet mind when the space you are living in is cluttered and chaotic.
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Re: Starting the Process...
« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2014, 06:13:22 AM »
The next piece of the puzzle was put in its place yesterday. We bought a 2 1/2 acre parcel of land in NW Las Vegas. The plan is to subdivide the parcel into 4- 1/2 acre lots. We are going to build a much smaller house than the one we have now, which will be sold in the next 24-36 months. I will also have a RV barn at the new place.

My two adult sons are buying two of the lots to build their homes, so Susan and I will have all of the benefits of having our grand-children grow up in the Cul-de-sac, while always having someone to watch over the property when we are traveling.

The rental home is finally on the market, so far I have fielded 127 calls from real estate agents, and no potential buyers. We are hoping for a quick sale. But if by the end of the year we have not sold the place we'll engage a real estate pro.

I am really looking forward to having a RV garage. It'll be nice to get it out of the weather whenever its parked. I get the fun of designing the garage.
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« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2014, 09:31:34 AM »
I don't think that living a simpler life will help someone find peace of mind.

Without having to become religious or adopt a religion, one can study the basic principles of Buddha and find a lot of practical information that "can" lead to some peace of mind based on understanding human suffering.

On the less religious psychological side, people who were suicidal often were caught in "loops," rethinking the same thoughts over and over, unable to move away from the past.

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« Reply #18 on: November 13, 2014, 09:31:47 AM »
Congrats John. 

Chrystal and I went through a declutter/sell/junk mode first quarter of 2014.  Ours was to come to grips with reality that we want to be able to retire somewhat early and we can't afford to do everything that we were involved in.  We talked as a family and came to terms with the activities that we TRULY enjoy and sold everything else.

We have been very fortunate as a family and have been involved in snowmobile hillclimbing/racing, sand drag racing, asphalt racing and general ATV/dirt bike riding.  We have now sold ALL of our racing equipment, race car, spare parts, new sand drag chassis we were building for Jared, dirt bikes and snowmobiles and kept only the Harleys and the Jeep.  I was bummed at first after all the hard work that went into our toys and the money it took to acquire them in the first place.  However, I have to say it is so liberating to not be so tied down to these money pit albatrosses.  Racing was a huge money pit and there was ALWAYS something that needed to be repaired or modified.  I hated getting out of it because I LOVED racing but it just didn't fit in to Chrystal and I's long term goals any longer.

I only have a 1200 square foot shop and it is pretty much busting at the seems with tools and equipment but all of those spare parts, engines, tires/wheels were taking up way too much valuable space.

We sold off everything, invested in a new milling machine and lathe for the shop (to replace older, smaller equipment) and paid the coach down.  We will never be able to go full-time and sell our home and shop as I love them too much but we do hope to do more traveling for leisure vs. traveling for racing.

I am happy for you and Susan and hope you are able to get out on the road more and enjoy life now that you have raised your family and worked hard.

By the way, what coach are you looking at?

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Re: Starting the Process...
« Reply #19 on: November 13, 2014, 12:45:59 PM »
Congrats John. 

Chrystal and I went through a declutter/sell/junk mode first quarter of 2014.  Ours was to come to grips with reality that we want to be able to retire somewhat early and we can't afford to do everything that we were involved in.  We talked as a family and came to terms with the activities that we TRULY enjoy and sold everything else.

We have been very fortunate as a family and have been involved in snowmobile hillclimbing/racing, sand drag racing, asphalt racing and general ATV/dirt bike riding.  We have now sold ALL of our racing equipment, race car, spare parts, new sand drag chassis we were building for Jared, dirt bikes and snowmobiles and kept only the Harleys and the Jeep.  I was bummed at first after all the hard work that went into our toys and the money it took to acquire them in the first place.  However, I have to say it is so liberating to not be so tied down to these money pit albatrosses.  Racing was a huge money pit and there was ALWAYS something that needed to be repaired or modified.  I hated getting out of it because I LOVED racing but it just didn't fit in to Chrystal and I's long term goals any longer.

I only have a 1200 square foot shop and it is pretty much busting at the seems with tools and equipment but all of those spare parts, engines, tires/wheels were taking up way too much valuable space.

We sold off everything, invested in a new milling machine and lathe for the shop (to replace older, smaller equipment) and paid the coach down.  We will never be able to go full-time and sell our home and shop as I love them too much but we do hope to do more traveling for leisure vs. traveling for racing.

I am happy for you and Susan and hope you are able to get out on the road more and enjoy life now that you have raised your family and worked hard.

By the way, what coach are you looking at?

Mike.

I too have had my emotional ups and downs as I sold or gave everything away so far. I still have a ways to go, but I will say this, it feels good the more stuff I get rid of. When this house sells and we move at some point in the future, nothing but my tools, and my Jeep are coming with me.

I am considering a Jayco Seneca 37TS, the floor plan works for us very well (I love the Triple Slide), and it has a 10,000# towing capacity. It also has a washer/dryer option which I like, and we can have it built with the entertainment center over the cab area instead of a bed.
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Re: Starting the Process...
« Reply #20 on: November 13, 2014, 01:39:04 PM »
Sounds awesome John, I hope it works out and you are able to get the coach.

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« Reply #21 on: January 11, 2015, 05:24:16 AM »
Another piece of the puzzle was put in place, our rental home is in escrow and if everything works out we will close on or before 2/17/2015. I did a For Sale by Owner and it only took a couple of weeks to find a buyer.

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« Reply #22 on: January 11, 2015, 10:00:26 AM »
Great news John! I think that the market has pretty much turned around since the crash in most places.  Have you ordered the new rig yet?
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« Reply #23 on: January 11, 2015, 10:38:32 AM »
Great news John! I think that the market has pretty much turned around since the crash in most places.  Have you ordered the new rig yet?

Yes, it has pretty much turned around as houses are being built and sold again in the Las Vegas Valley. I only hope it goes as well when we sell our primary residence in about a year or so.

The dealer that has the rig I like parked on his lot called me the other day and made me an offer. The Seneca 37TS has been on the lot for better than 600 days now. They started at $230k, and its down to $169k. But they want to low ball me on my coach, and I'm pretty happy with the Aspect. So, no I haven't bothered with a new rig yet.

Besides, I am knee deep in developing the retirement property and the Jeep project. As soon as we close escrow I turn around and grade the new property into 4 half acre lots, sell this place and build a much smaller place to retire to. That's when I'll get serious about a new rig. 

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« Reply #24 on: January 11, 2015, 11:33:28 AM »
Looks like your plan continues to move along nicely John. The hardest part for me was selling all the toys, however now that I have been bitten by the Jeep bug all is well again except for the checkbook.
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« Reply #25 on: January 11, 2015, 11:40:14 AM »
Looks like your plan continues to move along nicely John. The hardest part for me was selling all the toys, however now that I have been bitten by the Jeep bug all is well again except for the checkbook.

Susan begrudgingly follows me along in the Jeep Project. In the last several days, I've purchased a boat-load of parts. The other day my wife asked me, "Is this it for the Jeep now?". I smiled...
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« Reply #26 on: January 11, 2015, 06:17:21 PM »
I have an idea for you. When you are ready, get about 20 or more as you go of the business file boxes and put them around the house. Let's say you put a box in the kitchen. Now you are gonna turn the home into your RV. So you leave only enough glasses, plates, and silverware in your cabinets you intend to use in your RV. Maybe even eliminate all plates and replace with some paper plates. Same for appliance, etc.

As you kitchen becomes your RV kitchen, you keep adjusting over say a two month period until you have a hypothetical RV kitchen. Now, if you put something into the box you need, you go get it. If you find you don't need something, into the box it goes. If you do this in every room, eventually you will only have left what will go into your RV and if aggressive enough, very little extra.
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« Reply #27 on: January 11, 2015, 07:08:13 PM »
RogerS - great suggestion.  That was sort of our plan when we pack the house and move to where ever.  Right now plan is to list the house this month (just a few more projects to finish up), then move to a rental property while looking for our motorhome.  We will only move into the rental whatever we want to take in the motorhome.  This way we won't have to go though everything again trying to decide what to take and what to leave behind.  Plus, like you said, we can see if we really need something or not and can still have the ability to switch things around.
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« Reply #28 on: February 14, 2015, 08:22:29 AM »
We put another piece of the puzzle in place, we signed a contract with the Civil Engineers to do the Civil Improvement Plans. This is about an 8-10 month process in Clark County, Las Vegas, NV.

The Surveyors were doing the survey yesterday, so the ball is rolling.
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« Reply #29 on: February 14, 2015, 02:27:03 PM »
that's is great- how long to get the building permits after the lots get approved?
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« Reply #30 on: February 15, 2015, 06:16:55 AM »
that's is great- how long to get the building permits after the lots get approved?

The total process is about 30-36 months to move in...God willing.
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« Reply #31 on: February 15, 2015, 07:02:11 AM »
wow-
prior to moving to Elkhart we lived in Arizona, I worked for a custom home builder (Cave Creek, Scottsdale, Carefree area) as home designer/project manager- it would take about 2-3 months to get a permit and cost 2000-3000 for the building permit and full sets of prints, floor plans, elevations, foundation, sections, electrical, mechanical, plumbing all the details and pages of notes.
when we moved to Elkhart County, I went to work for a builder (and still do....) and was awed when I went to get permits. took about 2 weeks and cost 250.00 for the permit and 100.00 for the septic. they just want the site plan and square footage of the house. all where you live I guess
lets hope they get it done sooner than later!!
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« Reply #32 on: February 15, 2015, 07:23:25 AM »
wow-
prior to moving to Elkhart we lived in Arizona, I worked for a custom home builder (Cave Creek, Scottsdale, Carefree area) as home designer/project manager- it would take about 2-3 months to get a permit and cost 2000-3000 for the building permit and full sets of prints, floor plans, elevations, foundation, sections, electrical, mechanical, plumbing all the details and pages of notes.
when we moved to Elkhart County, I went to work for a builder (and still do....) and was awed when I went to get permits. took about 2 weeks and cost 250.00 for the permit and 100.00 for the septic. they just want the site plan and square footage of the house. all where you live I guess
lets hope they get it done sooner than later!!

At the Clark County Building Department we have a staff of plan checkers that love their jobs, and in turn they want to do as thorough a job as possible to ensure the public safety... is there a hint of sarcasm there... 8).

The Civil Improvement process of taking a 2.5 acre piece of land and subdividing it into four 1/2 acre building lots in Clark County is cumbersome and expensive. The permits and fees will amount to a few thousand dollars, the building permit and connection fees will be enough to choke a horse. The water connection fees alone are several thousand dollars for a residential connection, then the sewer connection fees, etc, etc, etc.

It will take all of 30 months from now to move in...if all goes well.
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« Reply #33 on: February 16, 2015, 07:02:40 PM »
The total process is about 30-36 months to move in...God willing.

It only took 5 years to build the Hoover Dam & that included building Boulder City...

http://www.bechtel.com/projects/hoover-dam/

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« Reply #34 on: February 17, 2015, 06:07:13 AM »
It only took 5 years to build the Hoover Dam & that included building Boulder City...

http://www.bechtel.com/projects/hoover-dam/

They didn't have the Clark County Building Department to contend with. Design and permitting will take 24 months.
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« Reply #35 on: February 17, 2015, 12:07:23 PM »
I had no idea the process could take that long anywhere in the US. Twelve years ago we bought property in SE MN, and three months later moved into a four bedroom, 3 bath, 3 car garage home.
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« Reply #36 on: February 18, 2015, 02:59:50 PM »
I had no idea the process could take that long anywhere in the US. Twelve years ago we bought property in SE MN, and three months later moved into a four bedroom, 3 bath, 3 car garage home.

It is rather ridiculous. Back in the day (1988ish) I built a Rural US Post Office in Amargosa, NV. The only required inspection was for the septic tank and leach field. From start to finish it took about 60 days. Even without all of the inspections, approvals, and so forth the building is still in service today...go figure.

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« Reply #37 on: February 24, 2015, 02:16:21 PM »
Another small piece got put in place today, we received the proposed site layout. Once I get a scale copy made I'll be able to start doodling the shop.
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« Reply #38 on: February 24, 2015, 11:22:43 PM »
Nice. It's all about baby steps......
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