thanks for the response. the 2-5 acres is more because I'm a country girl who needs her trees, and isn't used to looking at neighbors
Also, there hasn't been much building going on in my area for the last 3 years, and if there has it's been 2-4 unit apartment buildings closer to the city center, so I don't think any local contractors would be interested in a rural location like I'm looking for.
My general plan is this:
Year 1: clear land, build driveway, install well and septic, finalize design plans
Year 2: pour basement foundation, build house including plumbing/electric/heat/insulation/sheetrock etc., make weather-tight
Winter between years 2-3: install molding/trims, cabinets, fixtures, appliances, paint, etc
Year 3: finish all inside projects, landscaping, build garage and deck