Things seem to be happening. We were pleasantly surprised last week to find that our lot has been cleared by the Corps (except for a stray car, which they say they’re not contracted to deal with — we’re not sure what to do with it, but are considering using it as a lawn sculpture).
We’ve also received our last insurance settlement for lost contents. Interestingly, our bank says they will have to hold the check for 10 days. It’s not that we were actually going to do anything with it right away; but it does seem that a check, though sizeable, drawn on a nationally respected bank would not be in danger of bouncing. Besides which, we are in the electronic age. Steve and I think it’s so the bank can use our money to earn interest for a while before they turn it over to us. I heard about this sort of thing on NPR (also last week), when the former labor secretary who opened a new account was unable to get hold of his own money in a timely manner. Ah, well, such is life.
Armed with insurance settlements (ready and not-so-ready) and the knowledge of a cleared lot, we all but ran to the permit office ... to discover the new property setbacks!
Deflation set in. It seems our former house was saucily sitting beyond the limits, and the new house would need to conform. Wow, we said. Is there a house plan small enough for us? As it turns out, there is. In fact, there ARE plans with a small enough footprint for our little piece of earth, and yet with decent square footage. A trip to Barnes and Noble to look at plan books reassured me.
Happily, Waveland is all about using the Mississippi Renewal Forum’s plans. We went to a community meeting last week to figure out how to implement some of the proposals. It was very encouraging. However, as Steve pointed out, 25-foot setbacks front and back are more descriptive of suburbs than of a small-town, mixed-use community. This may be something that can be hashed out before the zoning board. And I’m not above asking for small variances.
The next step is to get an elevation certificate for our lot, and also find a map of the lot. We are talking with modular home builders, and hope to see some plans this week or next. One of the builders makes historic-looking homes in New Orleans that are made to withstand 140 mph winds (which wouldn’t really help with the storm surge, but still it’s nice). We’re leaning toward a Creole cottage with big porches.
I sure thought we were ready to move forward, but it looks like it will take a little while longer. There are so many things I know nothing about, and there’s so much to learn. I’m trying to look at it as an adventure.
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