Matt & Courtney’s Homestead Development 2015

This Floyd County, Virginia property was purchased by Matt and Courtney in October 2014.  After years of managing timber harvests and property/homesite development for others, Matt finally got to run his own project!  This gem of a property sat on the market for one year before Matt discovered it and delved into many, many hours of courthouse deed research and boundary line work.  All of this was turned over to a licensed surveyor, who then conducted a field survey and found that the 32 deeded acres was actually 35.

The first improvement made was the installation of a new state road entrance and demolition of an old house that was a liability because it was falling in on itself.  The house was hauled off to the county landfill to be properly disposed of.  The overgrown yard space around the old house was also cleared, releasing a beautiful and very large white oak tree that provides a stunning backdrop to the property entrance.

Matt then planned a timber harvest to clear the homesite and driveway location, and selectively cut timber throughout the property to create new roads and help pay for all the excavation work needing to be done.  The harvest took place between January and May of 2015, and as soon as it was finished two acres were graded for the building site, driveway, gardens, and orchard space.  Special attention was paid to road and stream buffers to help maintain privacy and protect water quality.

Matt and Courtney are scheduled to move into their new house in December 2015, a short 14-months after purchasing the undeveloped land.

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  • Old house site before demolition
  • Old house being demolished
  • Old house being demolished
  • Site clearing
  • Rock delivery
  • Newly cleared site with entrance
  • Matt decides to build a crossbuck fence at the entrance
  • Matt paints all the surveyed boundary lines
  • Matt has marked the timber for harvest, this is the homesite area
  • Another view of the homesite prior to harvest
  • Logging begins!
  • The homesite area with timber harvest nearly finished
  • Another view of the house site with rough driveway coming in
  • Overall view of the homesite, looking north with mountains in the background
  • Believe it or not, this is about to become the driveway!
  • Courtney surveys the homesite just prior to clearing and grading
  • Clearing begins
  • Partially cleared site
  • A couple more trees are cut to clean up the viewshed
  • Matt and Yellow Dog walk the graded site
  • Looking south toward the building site
  • Building the driveway and drainage
  • Leveling the building site
  • Time for rock on the driveway
  • Finished driveway looking south
  • Finished driveway looking north
  • Matt built a gate to secure the building site
  • Time for construction to begin! Many thanks for Omnibuild General Contractors
  • Footers are poured and the well is drilled
  • Framing begins on the newly-poured slab
  • The house is sheathed and roof trusses are set
  • Inside the house just prior to roof sheathing
  • Matt decides to build a firewood shed- no more tarps!
  • Firewood shed in progress
  • The firewood shed gets a metal roof
  • Finished firewood shed
  • The house exterior is nearly complete
  • Prepping for shed delivery, Mr. P is always in the way
  • Shed is set
  • Looking north toward the house and shed
  • The septic system is installed: tank, distribution box, and lines
  • Underground power is ditched and buried along the driveway, the phone line is trenched on the other side
  • Utilities are in place
  • The homesite is nestled into the woods along the ridge