By Starrla Cray
DELANO, MN Fred Farr of Delano is planning a 3,000-square-foot present for his family this Christmas: A house that will be moved from Independence to Delano.
Fred and his wife, Linda, have three daughters with December birthdays, so the new house couldn’t have come at a better time.
“They’re very excited,” Fred said. “They’re talking about how to decorate the rooms and paint and everything.”
The house, which was built in the late 1960s, is located in a new development area, so it has to be moved out.
“They were going to demo this house,” Fred said. “Why tear it down, when you can move it?”
The Farr family is planning to move the house about a block away from their old house, which they sold about a month ago.
“We love the neighbors and families out here,” Fred said.
Fred, who owns Farr Construction in Delano, is working on excavating the 10-acre site to get it ready for when the house arrives.
Before it is brought over, he also plans to put an addition on the house, which will make the total size, including the garage, almost 3,000 square feet.
“It’ll be a big chunk going down the road,” he said.
The moving process will take about nine days, and starts with obtaining permits from Wright and Hennepin counties.
“They have to coordinate with the proper authorities in case they have to close the road,” Fred explained.
Phone and electric wires might have to be held and trees might need to be trimmed.
“There can be all kinds of obstacles,” Fred said.
Fred said his goal is to have the house moved by Christmas. Right now, the family is renting a house, and they are hopeful that this new house will be their last move.
The Farrs have lived in Delano for about 13 years. Linda helps with the family business and also has a career as a real estate agent.
“We just love it out here,” Fred said. “We love the fresh air, and we love the schools.”
The Farr’s daughters, Cheyanne, 8, Jessica, 11, and Danielle, 12, attend school in Delano. They’re active in Girl Scouts, gymnastics, and dance.
“They’re very, very social,” he said.
The girls are also hoping to get a horse when the family moves.
The Farr family loves being outside together, enjoying nature.
“We see coyotes, foxes, bald eagles, deer, raccoons, woodchucks, and other wildlife,” he said, adding that their new place has a pond with nine trumpeter swans.
The Farrs like skiing and taking walks together. The also hope to purchase a four-wheeler this winter so they can pull a sled behind it.
“I love looking at the stars at night, and the beautiful sunrises and sunsets,” Fred said.
In addition to the scenery, the Farrs also enjoy a close-knit community atmosphere in Delano. Sometimes, neighbors will get together and have a barbeque and bonfire, with pop and games for the kids, Fred said.
Many of Fred’s neighbors and friends are excited about the house moving, he said.
“They all want to know when the house is getting moved in,” he said. Typically, homes are moved in the middle of the night, so that it doesn’t interfere with traffic, Fred added.
Fred said he’s planning to make his new home as energy efficient as possible. There are a number of energy tax credits available from the government to make energy-efficient upgrades to insulation, windows, doors, and HVAC systems less expensive.
He’s installing a geothermal heat pump for heating and cooling, and is planning to “retrofit some ‘green’ construction” for the new addition on the house, as well.
“They estimate a savings of at least 50 percent in heating bills,” he said of the geothermal heat pump.
For more information about Energy Star tax credits, go to www.energystar.gov/taxcredits.