Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Time Has Finally Come!

by Leann

We moved to South Carolina last August after a whirlwind experience selling the house we'd lived in for twenty years. Our beautiful home in Texas sold in less than ten days--and we thought it would take three months. Good thing I'd been packing since Christmas 2011!

But that meant we weren't as ready to start building as we should have been. We didn't have plans, we didn't even have an agreement between my husband and me about the size of the house. What we did have is a gorgeous piece of property on Lake Greenwood.



Can you seen the pretty blue lake through all those trees? That will be our view every morning in the near future. But those trees? Many will be gone. :-(

It is exciting, however, to see equipment clearing the way for our new home. We have plans now. A one story open concept home with a walkout half-basement. Permits have been obtained, water, sewer and temporary electricity are ready. And don't forget the Porta-potty. Got that, too! Probably next week, the first shovel of dirt will be tossed aside. 

So I thought I would share the journey with the first pictures of this work-in-progress! I think my life is about to get much busier.

That's the first sign of a driveway above!

Now we have a path to our new home! And those trees toward the lake? Several will remain. As my son and daughter-in-law requested, we have to make sure there's a spot for a tire swing and a hammock when the bring my granddaughters for a visit. A tire swing. Sounds great to me!

What's new in your life? What projects are you excited about? Spring is a good time to start something new.



8 comments:

Aurian said...

Lovely view Leann, I wish you many happy years there, and great creativity ;)

Dru said...

I'm so excited for you and glad to share the journey of building your new home. Love the view.

Jeannie D. said...

It will be beautiful. Love lake views. My Husband and I purchased a fixer upper five years ago. We have redone our kitchen, our main bath, and this week we have finally finished our half bath and laundry room, which was the last of the major overhauls. My Husband is very handy so we did all the work ourselves. It took awhile, because we would budget for each project. It sure feels good to have the big things done now. Now, I can spend more time in my flowers and garden!

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

How exciting for you. I love your view of the lake. We will all like seeing the house take shape with you.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks everyone. I am excited but as my husband is the "general contractor"--something he has never done before--his stress level is through the roof. He is always afraid of making mistakes. Big perfectionist. He also "lives inside his skull." He doesn't look for more information once he's decided he's done something "wrong." We decided on block foundation because it's done in this area and we trust the person doing it very very much. But now he's second guessing. So I sent him an article by a builder about how concrete is concrete and the important factor is the person doing the foundation. The blocks will be reinforced with steel. The person doing the blocks is a true expert. For me, no problem. He seemed less anxious once he read the article. Let's hope google keeps coming through with answers!

Elaine Klingbeil said...

Good luck on your big project. In 1998 we bought a real dump of a cabin and my husband, mostly, and friends and family gutted it and made it into a cozy place to stay. I'm looking forward to getting there next weekend to see how it fared the winter. And hopefully see open water...

Anonymous said...

This is a very exciting time for you, I know. We were the general contractors for one of our homes, and although it was a bit nerve-wracking, it is nice to know that you have the say in everything. Good or bad, you made the decision and that is rewarding in the end. You will do fine; when it is YOUR house and you are the general contractor, you make sure everything is being done right. You will enjoy your new home even more than you ever thought, I guarantee it. Would love to be living on a lake or the ocean again; miss that so much. Trees will keep your house cooler; save what you can after you get the view you love. Relax when you can.

Cynthia B. in MA.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Elaine and Cynthia. My husband will be there watching over our money!! I just want him to enjoy the process as much as he can ... but he's SO worried about making a mistake. It will all work out, I'm sure.