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This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Alabama Power

If you haven’t been following the blog for very long, you may not be aware of the crazy ups and downs we experienced trying to get power at the Ant Farm. I’ve held off writing this post to be sure that the ordeal was really over. Since we’ve been in the house for a while now, and everything appears to be bumping along nicely, it’s finally time to say that in the end, Alabama Power did the right thing on our damaged road. Continue Reading…

I once put a contract on 22-acres of the most beautiful pasture you’ve ever seen. Rolling hills, $2,800/acre,  500ft of creek frontage a mere 100yds from the main channel of the Coosa River. The price should have been my first indication that something wasn’t quite right. This experience was early in our education buying rural property, and it would prove an invaluable lesson that every potential land buyer should avoid at all costs.

Up to that point it hadn’t occurred to me that the property might be in a floodplain. A friend who lives on Logan Martin happened to mention in passing one day that his lake house was in a floodplain, and suddenly it clicked: in all of our due diligence, that’s one factor we hadn’t even considered. I immediately started reading on the subject and my heart skipped a beat… actually, I think for a few minutes it may have stopped all together. Our property was well within the 100-year floodplain, and it was never going to perc without an incredibly expensive engineered septic system.

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