Once we had the land picked out and the house picked out, our site engineer started drawing up plans for how the two would fit together. Here's our grading plan. I'm really excited that we'll have a big backyard (Smokey-dog is going to love it!) and that we were able to squeeze in the side entry garage - I think that looks so much nicer than having the garage in the front.
The guy we bought the lot from actually owns lot 10 too - he's just been holding on to these properties since the 80s. He hasn't listed lot 10 for sale, so I'm hoping he plans to keep it for at least another decade or so! It would be nice to just have the woods next door.
Our first grading plan got rejected, and we had to move the house back further on the lot. Kind of a bummer, but we still have plenty of room in the backyard for a big fenced area and more space in the front now, so I don't think it's too big of a deal. Here's the new location (fingers crossed this one gets accepted!):