Finally Back With You (I hope…)

Things have been more than a little chaotic in my life the past few months.  We moved out of our home in Atlanta, had 4 different addresses in six months, moved our baby into college, built a new home from the ground up, moved in, (sort of decorated), got ready for the holidays, continued doctors’ appointments in Atlanta, & went on two fabulous trips.  Now that the holiday goodies are all packed away I’m just now starting to feel like I can somewhat keep my head above water.

I’m really looking forward to showing you everything that has been going on around here.  First up – the house build.  Though it took about 4 1/2 months in reality – I’m going to take you through all of the minutia fascinating details over the next two weeks.

We looked and looked for a new place to call home.  There were lots of homes available but none that really caught our eye.  Most were quite dated and would have required lots of updating.  We weren’t really up for all that.  We knew we wanted to downsize from our Atlanta house; and we also knew that we wanted 1 floor living.  The terrain here in middle Georgia is very flat, which is quite different from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains where we just came from.  :(   Also, a lot of new construction here is plopped onto old farm fields = no trees or vegetation.  We found a neighborhood we liked under construction in our new little town.  It was encouraging that there was actual building going on in this depressed market.  We met the builder and he seemed to be really great guy.  He said that he could accommodate our very extensive ‘wish list’ within our budget.  So we were off and running.

First up, selecting the lot.  My sweetie and I are big tree lovers.  The neighborhood we chose to build in is in an old pecan grove – score on the big trees.  Still no terrain to speak of, but we are smitten with the trees.

This is the view from the street toward the front/ center of the house.  Footings are poured.

This is the view from the back side of the house toward the street.

Here I am, standing at (what will be) the front door.

Next up – the foundation and back fill.  Woohoo!!!