Thursday, August 14, 2014

Building a House, Month 3 & 4 or, The Waiting Game

When we last left off in the building a house posts, I was eating really good pizza and our lot looked like this:

Lot on May 31st
In other words, nothing had happened yet (our lot is literally the dirt, not the homes in the background), and unfortunately, nothing would happen until the city of Midland approved our plans. Given that the city is in a boom (everyone is building), Brendan and I braced ourselves for the wait to take awhile. Luckily, we were pretty distracted while traveling Europe, and we didn't have much time to think about it.

On July 13th, we heard from the builders:

"We received your permit back from the city.  That means we are free to start construction on your lot.  So soon we should start the boards for slab and rough plumbing." 

On August 2nd, our realtor sent us this photo: 

Lot on August 2nd 
This is the beginning of framing for foundation (again, our home is the dirt, not the home in the background, which, by the way, was nothing but framed in the May 31st picture above. The house you can see shows the back of that other words, our backyard and their backyard will be separated by an alley).  

On August 12th, the lot was finally ready for the slab to be poured: 

August 12

August 12
Once the concrete foundation is down, we are looking at 150 days (or 5 months) until completion. While we're still on track for a January closing, if any part of the process is delayed (which is bound to happen), it could be later. We're okay with that, and we realize the process is really out of our control. (Side note: isn't that blue sky beautiful?) 

In other news, we are back in Midland and enjoying the last week of summer vacation. We had a great time with my family in Austin, but unfortunately, we didn't really take pictures.

The highlights were seeing family, seeing Port Authority at Hyde Park Theatre and drinks with friends after, playing Ticket to Ride with family, LOTS of good meals out, and best of all...

Celebrating the engagement of these two lovebirds:

That's right, my little cousin Amanda is engaged to Matt! I found out in Berlin via Facetime, and tears of happiness were shed! The two have been dating a little over seven years, so Matt is already part of the family. They are a wonderful pair, and we couldn't be happier to have another family wedding to look forward to (this one in fall of 2015). We went on a double date to sushi restaurant Musashino to celebrate. It was honestly some of the best sushi I've had in Austin. I LOVED it and highly recommend it. But also, it was just really special to talk wedding with Amanda, who is as close to a "little sister" as I've ever had. We have SO MANY hilarious memories, and I look forward to building many new ones that now include Brendan and Matt :)

Lola and Zoe are extremely happy to be home in Midland, and Brendan and I are enjoying getting back into our normal routine. It felt GREAT to cook our own dinners again. I even went back to yoga class, which was awesome, but so, so hard after being out of class for three months! We've had lots of laundry, unpacking, and organization to do, but we're taking it all in stride. We're back to work on Monday, so we're trying to treasure the last days of what has been a great summer vacation.

Here's to "home," both our current one, and the one that is just a pile of dirt right now!

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