New house, vol 1

I’ve been totally remiss in posting about our new house. Building a house is a long, complicated process. Moving out of one’s house is a long, exhausting process. Moving out of the only home my kids have known was especially exhausting. Existing with most of our worldly goods in storage has been interesting and has been a study in “how much stuff do we really need?” Living in a temporary house, generously provided by our dearest friend Eddie (known for his wise comments on this blog), has been a challenge, but dare I say we’ve risen to that challenge and perhaps even thrived within it?

It’s been a long process. We signed the contract on the new house April 15th yet construction did not begin until July. A booming housing market and a shortage of skilled labor have created even more delays (gotta love the great state of Texas and its bustling economy!).  Tired of waiting, we broke ground ourselves, unofficially. If you ever needed a contrast in my children’s personalities, here it is. photo

Our lot, all green and lush in the late spring. Seeing the house staked — at last — was very exciting!

photoAfter it was staked, the plumbing stumps went in and the foundation was re-barred. While it looks like a giant tornado is about to level our long-awaited progress, it’s just a cloud. photo

The foundation is nearly finalized here. photo

The view out our front door. The Port-a-Potty will stay the whole time the house is being built, so it’s featured in a lot of photos. We’re working a deal to keep it, but on the side of the house, for the teenage boy who resides with us. photo

We have a foundation!photo

And then it gets framed!photo

Once the framing is done, the house starts to take

With windows and a roof, it really starts looking like a house!photo

Once the outside of the house is done, they can start working on the inside, and that’s when the real fun begins. Stay tuned.


7 Comments on “New house, vol 1”

  1. Jody Hicks says:

    Somehow the year of building always has disasters but is worth it in the long run. It’s going to be beautiful – can’t wait to see it! Thanks for the pictures.

  2. David Benbow says:

    At long last, real pictures of Casa de Hicks! Which room do I get? Hee hee.

  3. christy says:

    Looking good. Can’t wait to raise and glass and toast the new homeowners. Yet another reason to drink champagne!!!

  4. AMazing! It is looking so very good, how exciting. Thanks for this timeline of the growth – it was almost like blowing through a netflix series, one sastisfying picture after the other. Good luck with the build 🙂

  5. Mandi says:

    We put some serious thought into building a house. You ultimately get what you want! So it should be worth the wait! Congratulations on the new place.

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