In June of 2015, after an emotionally grueling year, my husband and I found ourselves looking for our forever home in upstate, New York. We had recently sold our home in Saratoga, NY and moved back to the Adirondack Mountains to be closer to family. We had been renting a small house in Lake Placid, NY while we took our time looking at potential properties all over the Adirondack region. Although our list of ‘must-haves’ was rather long, we knew if we were patient enough, we’d find the right spot to call home…but three months into our search, my husband Jeremiah got impatient.
It was about 8:30pm on a Thursday evening in late August and while sitting on the couch and looking at properties online, Jeremiah looks up and says: “I think it’s time we talk about which ‘must-haves’ we can eliminate, so that finding a home won’t be so hard. Maybe we are being too picky.”
Looking back, I would have to agree with Jeremiah. We were being picky. Extremely picky. But come on, if we are buying our FOREVER, its got to be good…right!?
Our ‘Must-Haves’ List:
- Small house: 2 bedrooms or less (condition not important)
- Open floor plan
- Woodstove (supplemental heating system, off-grid)
- Dry, full basement
- No visible neighbors
- Not on a busy/major roadway
- Acreage: at least 4 acres, but preferably more.
- Semi-wooded lot
- Water on the property (small seasonal stream would be sufficient)
- Space for a large garden
- Off the beaten path
30 minutes after telling me that we needed to re-evaluate our ‘must-haves’ list, Jeremiah stumbled upon a property listing online that was only 2 days old, and knew immediately that it was meant to be ours. We had viewed A LOT of properties leading up to this, but none had felt right. They each had a few things from our list, but nothing that got us really excited.
We made an appointment to see the place that following Monday, and as soon as we pulled into the driveway, before seeing the land or the house or even getting out of the car…we looked at each other and said:
“This feels like home.”
Since moving-in, in late October of 2015, we have done MANY projects and updates to the homestead. We wrote a short blog about our first year which you can view here: 365 days in.
Being that we are vegetarians, our first focus when we bought the 10 acres was the garden. We knew we wanted to grow our own food and we wanted to do it organically. Being that we live in the woods, it was important to have a garden fence so that we could continue to co-exist with the native creatures (rabbits, deer, birds, coyotes, etc.) and yet keep them from eating our hard-earned crops. So the fence was the first major conquest on the homestead. We are super excited to have a fully functioning, fenced garden this Spring with which to maximize our growing potential.
We are also currently working on our root cellar and soon to be greenhouse. With the completion of these two projects, comes the ability to can, preserve and store our homegrown goodness. We will also be sharing our favorite recipes for canning on our “canning” page. Check back soon for more updates.