As a quick backstory, a couple years ago Karen and I started looking for land in the Knoxville area, to have a base of operations closer to our kids and grandkids. We were looking for something flat enough that a runway could be built on it, but were lucky enough to find land for sale in Lenoir City, adjacent to the Big T airport, 80TN. We closed on that property a year ago September. Here's a very rough approximation of our 3+ acres: Since the closing, EVERYTHING has taken longer that we figured. But over the year plus since closing we've gotten electric and water run to the property, a perc test done and permit pulled for the septic system, an engineering study done, a temp pole installed and inspected, an area cleared and fenced for our travel trailer and dogs, and land cleared for a pole barn. We say pole barn since due to zoning restrictions, that's the easiest thing to get approved with the least permitting. Here's the hillside that the pole barn is going to be backed up into: Our covenant stipulates no structures within 40' of the runway edge/property line - indicated by the yellow ribbon, so we're somewhat limited there. Wood structure seems to give us a lot more flexibility than metal. Our original plan was to go BIG - 75' wide by 60' deep. Then we got an estimate of what the 17' concrete wall built into the hillside and side walls would cost. Once we got over the shock we're downsizing to just 40' deep, which should still be plenty big, and should cut way down on the height of the wall and foundation. Here is something Karen found online and kind of fell in love with: For now, we're concentrating on the pole barn, but once that's complete eventually we plan on a house above it, with maybe a deck extending out over the pole barn and a small "control tower". I was going to ask about bifold and hydraulic doors, but I will use the recent thread on that topic. Anyway, that's where we stand. Meeting with our general contractor early next week to discuss our downsized pole barn dimensions. After that, excavation should begin pretty quickly, with concrete walls and foundation to follow. No doubt we'll be seeking advice here on what is sure to be an extended and expensive ordeal, and appreciate all the advice so far on our electric install and slab. As an aside, Half Fast recommended "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House", which we watched. I don't think a whole lot has changed fundamentally since 1948. And there are many scenes in "The Money Pit" that parallel some of our adventures so far! Here we go!