Well let me start by thanking everyone for all the posts and input over the years, they have been out there percolating in my mind and trying to find the best possible solution(s) to our forever home concept! Long story short, we own land, we were gonna build a new house on it, I was thinking of full basement vs workshop, buying and the alternative was buying and refurbishing (or already perfect...yeah right!) So just over 2 weeks ago, house popped up on local Realtor listings, full basement, 3 acres and 2 barns/buildings out back. SOLD...so tell me about the house itself? 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath brick ranch built in 1973, 1800+ sq feet. Turns out we were not the only parties interested so "final and best offers please..." and we were 1 of 2 final contenders. We upped our final and best a bit more and because of our ability to close in essentially a week, we got the house!! Now the fun begins, will be asking questions, posting pictures and generally be annoying as I figure this stuff all out! This will be a full interior restoration, not a huge deal, our family / real estate biz has bought and redone 6 homes so far. Even then, always good to get collective opinions and maybe even local leads for contractors and recommendations. A few pictures to whet the appetite!