Yes, sawmill is high on the list. I have a lot of use for custom cut timbers, as well as regular lumber. I won’t be cutting my own trees for some time, as they are mostly on very steep hillsides and was probably logged in the 40s-50s. Another good reason to get a flatter section of woods started NOW, so I can be cutting firewood in 20 years.
Billy N, I’d buy a smaller parcel but they are very hard to find here. A lot of the land come up in the 1-200 acre range, the small parcels tend to be 2-3 acre plots cut from those, with commuter style houses. Trust me here, I’ve looked. I hate debt as much as you, I have never gone into it before and don’t intend to ever again. However in this case it makes sense. I have a significant portion saved, and the payback time will be just a few years. Time is more valuable to me right now than the debt load. I know exactly what I’m getting myself into.
Bill S, logging road is not paved, maybe you’re seeing that road at the top, which is Old Frankfort Pike, county road but very tiny and not fun to pass another car. The road coming into the driveway at the bottom was paved at one time but needs severe repairs. We’re looking into the driveway easement to make sure I have deeded access, the bottom portion is landlocked.
Hillside tree types are typical mix of hardwoods for this area. About 20 acres of that. Bottom land is very wet, favorable to black walnut, cypress, water maple etc.
Dan, I’m not going to subdivide at this point, the land is actually going into a family trust which will be set up so all may share usage but it can’t be broken up or sold without unanimous approval. We are not the type of family to sue each other, far from it. Either they will join in the project, or go off on their own adventure.
Definitely looking into hillside building options. At the very least, a walkout basement. I’ve studied house design for a long time, so I have a good idea on what I want to build. I of course agree with the consensus here… the missus gets final pick. However she’s not here yet.
View faces west. Sunsets will be spectacular.