Seems like we've been working forever to get this started, and 11 days ago the builders broke ground on our new place in Pahrump. It's a 1 1/4 acre lot, 200' x 300', on a corner and on Rebel Rd.! First, the big hole from the first day. This builder does everything above and beyond code like 2x6" exterior walls and building up 5' of gravel under the foundation at 95% compaction (code is 92%). Yesterday we went back and was amazed by the progress - not only had the gravel for the house and forms for the concrete been done but also the digging, compacting and forms for the shop! We met the nearest neighbor behind us (the house with the wooden fence in the first pic) and he said his builder was so bad it took them 7 months to do what ours did in 10 days. His house took like 2 years to finish and he's had major problems, like having to have the electric panel ripped out and replaced for $4k because the subcontrator wasn't even licensed. Le Grand Knife-Making Shop: View from the back patio of the house, facing West - supposed to be killer sunsets here: A little bit to the left of that: Here's the house from the front - it sure doesn't look like 2959 sq. ft. at this stage! Pahrump has it's own underground aquifer so unlike Vegas it doesn't have to get it's water elsewhere. We'll have a well and a septic tank and we'll plant some trees. Hey there's the wife Denise! We're pretty excited about this now - the only problem is the housing market in Vegas is dead. We have to sell our place and just cut the price $26k and not a call has come in. My neighbor moved to Pahrump 4 or 5 months ago and his house sits with no one looking at it - he's been paying 2 mortages!