Yeah, that's partly the reason I'm still on these forums because i realise that some people know what they're talking about and I hopefully have the sense to listen. I still hope all the decisions will be made by concensus but like you guys said that last word still resides with the land owner... and zigher I totally understand where you're coming from as well it's not a community if one person is running the show. and I am having fun. even the drudgery of my current existance, working for the man so as to be able to pay for this land and (eventually full time) lifestyle, seems a little bit less weary. my co-workers realize that i'm smiling and seem happy. I figure it's the fact that the big plan is mostly coming to fruition and is all the more real now that land is involved. still a long way's away but I intend to enjoy every second of it. Side Note: lawers were supposed to finalize things today and so I should know tomorrow when I can go down and sign that dotted line... I'll keep you all posted.