I have no experience buying land and building a home. Yet that is EXACTLY what my husband and I are planning to do. And not just any home, but my dream, a Timberline Dome House! http://www.domehome.com/ I am SO EXCITED to get started planning but I haven't the slightest idea where to start!!! Much of the finding and planning will be on my since my husband works two jobs and isn't home much. We need land to put said Dome home on, but I am SO confused when looking at land for sale. We are looking for 35+ acres in preferably New Hampshire but open to most New England and possibly other states! We love the moutain views in NH. I am not sure whether we should look at raw land, land that is already cleared and/or approved for certain home sizes, etc. Then there is the possibility of buying a really crummy fixer upper house on land we like and just demonlishing the house to put our Dome on it! My head is spinning. Could someone explain to me the surveyed land thing? Am I correct in thinking that we would be taking a gamble buying land that is not approved for anything and thus "raw" because if we didn't get approved for the size of home we plan to build we are then poo out of luck and then would need to sell that land?