Things move fast. We’re arranging for our loan, and are also starting the planning process for the house. We are planning on staying in our current townhouse during the planning an building; there are tenants living in the main house on the property as well as in the little guest house in the back, and our goal will be to keep them there as long as we can prior to construction to keep some income to offset the extra mortgage expenses.
We’re trying not to get too fixated on a particular house plan, but we both like the one pictured above, and although we’ll be investigating other options, we may end up building something similar to that. At a minimum, it will be done in mirror-image (porch on right instead of left) to better match the property layout.