Due to some fast occurring changes, my partner's mother is considering building a small house on our property to live in and then leave to us. She is very independent and healthy now. We may have to move her quickly, but if it all happens, may need a home ready in as little as 9-12 months (or she could live-in as it was finished). We are considering roughly 1000 sq. feet. Though we often thought of building a smaller home than our current three-story deal for our future here, this is all a bit fast. Where would it disturb the eye the least and have access to city water....or should we drill a well (there is lots of water here) and what about electric poles....should we go solar for the new house like we always wanted to.....do we deed property to her or just let her build with lifetime living rights like she wants? Should we consider alternative or conventional? I think she'd prefer to have a garage. We might pay part of the costs if there is something we want that she doesn't, but otherwise, except that she is careful with money, money ought not to be an issue. We can't build it ourselves as we don't have the skills/tools/time. So as you see I have lots of questions. She may yet change her mind and decide to rent an apartment somewhere, though she generally does not like to throw away money as she puts it. I am to do some preliminary info gathering. I have requested lots of info from companies. I am asking for some general or specific advice. We will consult an attorney for agreements. We are unzoned here and building isn't an issue. Any terrific small house plan books that you like? Where would you put YOUR generally likable mil, close by or further back on the 20 acres at a deadend? Who do you recommend I call first on Monday...a contractor for house siting limitations, the attorney, the tax office? Just feeling a bit overwhelmed- emotionally as well as considering what this means to our land and our life. Please help me focus!