Anyways, since I don't have much or an update or many pictures to share right now, I thought I'd share a little bit about our decision to build. (And you'll finally get a sneak peek at what our new house will look like!)
|Our little beach cottage by the bay...|
|View from our kitchen / front porch|
But when we started investigating the process to knock down our house last November / December, we quickly learned how crazy Ocean City zoning laws are...and found out our lot was unbuildable (without a variance, or 6+ additional months plus $$$ lawyer fees). Basically even though all the new houses on our street are set back only 12 ft. from the curb (zoning varies by street in OC, so the general rule of thumb is to look at the newest house on your block), the zoning law stated our lot required 25 feet. And with a lot size of only 65 ft, you do the math.
Disappointed, we began exploring our options. We could go for the variance but that meant we wouldn't be able to start building until the fall... Or we could look for another lot or tear down opportunity in Ocean City. So, we decided to explore both until we were ready to decide.
Luckily, and I really mean that because there aren't many vacant lots in Ocean City, there was a lot for sale 3 blocks away that we had been on the market for little while. It was much bigger than the lot our current house sits on, which meant we could build an even bigger house. Although we didn't love the street as much as our current one - our old house is on Pleasure Ave which is so beautiful and wide - the fact that we could buy the lot much cheaper than what we bought our our house for made our decision a little bit easier. (More $$ for my construction budget, right Nate?!) Plus this time we'd be one of the newer houses on the block, not the little beach shack!
|Our NEW house!|