When we first went to look at the property it had no view. You could not see 10 feet in front of you thru the thick Vine Maple, Salmonberries and Alder trees. There was a little overgrown tail that led down into the lot and you could see the very top of the mountain across the valley and that was the only view to speak of.
We concentrated on clearing a few acres and after a year and a half we decided to camp on our property for the summer. We wanted to see where the best location would be to put our new home and see how the weather affected that location so we could build our home accordingly.
One of the biggest things we discovered was that we had far more drainage issues than we ever imagined for living on top of a mountain. Now the question was how to use that to our advantage?