On February 14 we signed the contract and met with the builder- exciting! Well the next morning the builder (Rick) was already on our property checking things out! He is well-known in the area and we’ve only heard great things about him, but less than 14 hours after meeting him he was already getting to work- I LOVE HIM!! (tee-hee just in a “he’s going to build me a house!” kinda way).
Well I was going to head out there to take “before” pictures of the land so I could compare progress but Rick had other plans. By friday (3 days after meeting him) he already had the driveway dug out and the dirt arranged where the house would be built! So here are the pictures I took Monday, February 20.
It's OURS! I was thinking about getting some gamecock swag and decorating the sign... is that allowed?!
View from the road looking up our driveway
The first big piece of equipment!
The view of our land from my friend/neighbors' driveway. The grass is not ours- just look beyond to the dirt!
I think I mentioned previously that I told Rick (the builder) I was going to be baking him sweets. It benefits us both; I like to bake but everyone in the house is “eating healthy” except me (duh!). And of course Rick likes sweets so I get to bake AND keep my builder happy. A perfect relationship.
I was excited when Rick picked up the permits to start building Wednesday. Guess what he was doing the same day? ALREADY STARTING THE FOOTING!! I’m telling you, this guy is great. For someone who has dealt with trying to buy a short sale, being able to see actual progress is giving me the chance to get excited! Our friends Trey and Katelan just moved into their house next to our lot a few weeks ago and they have 3 kids (one who was born in December!) I was joking with her because instead of being a house-stalker I’ll just be visiting her and the kids and HAPPEN to be seeing the progress on my house. Win-Win again… I get out of the house and hang with a friend, Hudson gets social interaction (and he LOVES playing with different toys!) and the small coincidence of seeing my house. Beautiful. Hopefully Katelan doesn’t get tired of us!
Here are the pictures I took yesterday, Wednesday, February 22.
Digging the footing... basically the shape of the house!
The yard in front of the house
Well… before I had time to get the pictures into this post and publish it, you’ll never guess what happened. MORE PROGRESS! I was having an awful morning/afternoon and I received a text from Katelan. It said “look at your house” and the picture was wonderful- my day turned completely around!
Here are the pictures from Thursday, February 23.
We are going VERTICAL!!
This monstrosity was digging the well. You see us country people don't use city water...
Mackenzie and Sawyer (Katelan and Trey's adorable kids) and Hudson and I just hanging out on construction equipment!
Rick is hoping to start framing on Tuesday. That means we have to hurry up and pick out siding/shutter colors, paint colors for inside, and cabinet/granite colors! AHH!!