So this is pretty much the weirdest feeling ever – I’m sitting here on the tailgate of my car, typing this, as the lot is being cleared so that we can build our first house. Surreal doesn’t even begin to describe it!
The record-breaking rains that we’ve had in Texas delayed this moment for weeks and weeks, but now everything is happening pretty quickly.
The house is gone and giant trucks have been hauling away the debris for the past two days (with another rain day mixed in there). There’s still a fair bit of stuff left to knock down, like some giant brick fences and the foundation, so all of this will probably be finished sometime early next week.
Once the lot is totally cleared, a company is going to come in to do soil testing, where they drill down into the earth about 25 feet so that we know how stable the soil is here and we’ll know how we need to engineer the foundation for this particular piece of property.
Then, a surveyor is coming through to take elevations of the lot. When FEMA redid the flood maps last year all of a sudden this lot fell within the new 100 year flood plain. Ugh. If we don’t do anything, then every owner of this house will have to carry flood insurance, and have the small risk of a possible flood at some point. Luckily, there’s something we can do – since we’re starting from scratch and building a new house, we can raise the structure a bit so that it’s out of the flood plain. Whew! I’ll go into that process a bit more once we get further into it.
So that’s what I’ve been up to this week. Hopefully I’ll be back to regular posting with all of this fun stuff I have to share with you!