So after looking at acreage and neighborhoods for around 5 months or so, I finally found a house that I like.. at a local lake that I grew up skiing and hanging out at. It was built in '95 and is in great shape and not in need of too much modification. The biggest interior project is gonna' be the roll-in shower. This is on the basement level whereas it's already finished with a nice drop-tile ceiling, full kitchen and hardwood flooring in the living room and kitchen area. I'm replacing the carpet in the 2 bedrooms and linoleum in the comp. room to hardwoods to match the existing. Only 1 door needs widening too as the rest is wide open. The upstairs needs only some color changes..
The exterior is where my main focus is. You might say why buy a house on a hill/sloping lot? The prob. is that most of the homes on this lake are on sloping lots and almost all that are for sale are that way. This is why it took close to 3 months to finally decide. I'd find a flat lot, but the house didn't work or a workable house, but the lot was way too steep. After finding this house and looking at practically every other house I could find, I made my decision. I kept comparing everything to this one and nothing compared.
I have hired a builder to do the outside work. I am having a driveway cut in so I can park my van on the bottom level. A winding concrete pathway will be built with retaining walls to give me a safe way to the lake. The new dock has already been started and hopefully done by the end of the week. A lot trees are supposed to be cleared starting tomorrow to open the view up. The former owners are still there so I'll snap some pics after they move their furniture.