Possible Bank Loan

I found a deed at the county documenting the easment onto our land (and surrounding land) “for the purposes of ingress/egress…and all such utilities and services for the full enjoyment of said parcel.” Pretty much solidifies our case for our driveway use being ok.

We’re going to re-site the house so we don’t have to file for a C-Bay waiver, as that’s County Hydrologist Guy’s leverage. That means more time and a bit more money, but nothing huge. It went through the health dept. once, it will go through again, perhaps faster this time. The view may not be as nice, but as Jean said, “I’d rather have a house on a pretty piece of land than just a pretty piece of land.”

Chesapeake Investment and Mortgage looks to be the winner of our “Who Wants to Fund a Dome?” contest. They didn’t balk at all when I spoke to them on the phone about a “panelized housing system wherein the manufacturer erects the custom pieces and we do the rest…” and after our meeting today showing them the letter from Fannie Mae about selling domes on the secondary Civil Engineering Firm 1 & 1/2et, the list of comparable domes in the area, the house plans, and the full-color catalogue, they seemed rather hunky-dory!

None of this “well we’ll try to convince our underwriters” or anything. Just “We’ll get our appraiser (or one you want) out there and see how much money we can lend you,” in a very good way. And they aren’t charging us an arm and a leg. Can we say, “Good-bye Bank #1” in a big loud voice now? Good.


“Hope is a good thing; maybe the best of things. And a truly good thing never dies”

–Andy Dufresnes, The Shawshank Redemption.

Benevolent Friend has given us that-hope. Jean, Kathy and I went to talk about our dilemna with her this afternoon. This came about on the off chance that Bob Warhurst mentioned her name when speaking with Kathy and who should be right there, but Benevolent Friend!

She used to be on the board of supervisors for Fairfax County and is now a land use Consultant for Adams & Associates. She told us “This will happen,” meaning our building on Hearthwood. She told us that it was obviously a political decision that County Hydrologist Guy has made and that she would help us get through this. It just might take some time. Time we have.

Jean and I are alive again.

Thank you Kathy, for meditating or whatever you call it:)

County Jobs are Awesome

Hey, I know a good strategy for making friends in the workplace. I’ll do the bare minimum of work to get the job done and cover my a$$ instead of doing what’s right. That’s County Hydrologist Guy’s approach.

He’s the County official who is the burr in our rear right now. He doesn’t have to do anything to deny the right to build on our land, but to do what’s right would mean some risk on his part. He would have to grant a waiver and that might come back to him some day. So it’s better to hunker down, plug his ears, and pretend he isn’t causing us hardship. I hope he sleeps well at night.