For the last two years, we have identified housing as our biggest challenge on the ranch. We’ve utilized temporary housing options like RV trailers until now for the apprentices. These options have significant draw backs that a house could solve.
The problem was the cost of new construction. In our area, new homes will cost $150 per square foot. For a 3,300 sf house, the total would nearly be $500,000! We knew that in order to raise that much money, we would need to launch a multi-year capital campaign. So in January we began to pray for creative alternatives.
On March 17, we learned that our neighbor was planning to demolish a house on his property to make room for a new one. We asked if instead of demolishing the house, he would give it to Rockside and we could move it onto the ranch. He agreed and we launched into this massive project!
Instead of needing to raise half a million dollars, we now need to raise $130,000 by the end of June to move and renovate this house.
A generous team of supporters is coming together to make that happen — it has been thrilling to see!
On March 17, our neighbors decided to gift this house to Rockside. We had been praying for a creative solution to our housing problem and this was it. The house is less than 1 mile away from Rockside. It is one of the closest houses to our property with a straight shot into our driveway.
The power company came out to inspect our job. Because of the proximity to our existing power pole, they recommended that we connect the house with an overhead wire. If we agreed to go overhead, the power company said they would do the job at no charge. This saved us $5,000-$8,000 in construction cost.
When we went to pick up our permits, we discovered that when you move an existing house, they do not charge any of the fees or taxes associated with the new construction of homes. This saved us over $10,000 on our permit fees.
We had an existing septic tank in the ground that we had hoped to use for this house. The septic tank was installed years ago (before Rockside) and the county didn’t have any record of it. They agreed to let us use the existing tank if it passed inspection. It passed, saving us $7,000-$12,000.
Permit approval can take months with many back-and-forth meetings regarding permits. Our permit application was approved in exactly one month with no notes or changes.
When we asked the owners why they were going to demolish the house, they said that the structure was sound but the floorplan was not workable. They said, “It is set up more like a bunkhouse.” — well that’s exactly what we needed!
Meet with county and contractors to determine if the project is feasible.
Construct a new foundation at Rockside for the house.
Move the house from its current location to Rockside Ranch (in 3 pieces)
Put the house back together and complete renovations.
Welcome the next class of apprentices to the new house!