This first picture is of the begining of the 1,850 ft driveway. The 'end' of the drivway in this picture is only about half way. We have cattle running on the property so we can avoid mowing (it doesn't look like they are doing their job now, but in early spring the place looked like a golf course (a very rocky golf course)) so installed the cattle guard so we don't have to open/close gates everytime we go in/out.
This picture is from the 'end' visible in the previous picture looking back to the road. The power lines will be coming right down the right side of the driveway and you can see two of our three 'nearby' neighbors.
This is from the same spot as the above picture, but looking the other way toward the building site showing the rest of the driveway. Since our property is actually two lots for tax purposes (meaning we could sell either lot without any zoning/surveying/etc. concerns) we wanted to try to minimize the amount of the front lot the driveway was on. The two stakes on either side of the driveway to the right of the picture represent a line that is 40 ft from the edge of the property and the furthest stake in this picture indicates the boundary between the front and rear lot. We curved the driveway a bit before it reached the rear lot to spare a tree just visible on the right hand side. You can just make out the rear cattle guard that protects the rear of the property (but can't make out the electric fence that actually does most of that work). That strange blue dot in the trees in the middle of the picture is the tarp we have over our travel trailer (the roof leaks and we haven't got our canopy for it yet). Our plan for the main house is to put it to the right of where the driveway curves to the right at the end of what is visible in this picture.
This image represents the end of the driveway visible in the picture above (the driveway actually curves to the right at the end of the visible part above) looking back toward the location where the picture above was taken. In this picture you can see the electric fence that does the real work to keep the cows out of the construction area (we have probably 3-4 acres fenced in this way). In these images it is hard to see how bumpy the driveway is, something that we will want to fix soon, but doing the work ourselves saved over $10,000.
This picture is from the same spot as the above picture but looking toward the building site. The well head is just visible along the left side of the picture, on the other side of the driveway as it starts to curve to the right and the redish dirt dug for the trench for the well piping is visible to the other side of the driveway as it curves to the right. You can see a bit of blue from the trailer tarp. The location for our main house is in the area to the right of the driveway.
This picture is just beyond the end of the driveway in the previous picture looking back toward the front of the property and clearly shows the crooked trench for the well pipe (the contractor is attempting to avoid the rock, though as you can see from the jack hammer, he wasn't able to avoid it all); the driveway will need some repair since the trenching wandered into it. You can see one of the electric poles that should be in place just a few days after this picture was taken.
Here is the slab for the workshop/lab with the plumbing rough-in clearly visible. The septic drainfield will be put in place just beyond where the backhoe is. I intended the driveway to form a 'U' around the slab, you can make out part of that in the front of the image.
This is a picture from the other side of the slab looking back toward the previous location. The trailer is clearly visible in its giant tarp, you can kind of make out the temporary electric pole in the middle of the picture, right in front of our car and really fuzzy just to the right of the trailer is Uncle Kenny and his Harley bike. You can clearly see the expansion joints cut into the slab, I wish I knew they were going to do that, I would have had them put them where the walls are going to go so I wouldn't have to fill them all in.