Building Oak Haven – Next Steps

After the long wait, my husband and I finally headed to the title company to sign the papers for our construction loan. The time had finally arrived. We could start building. But first we had to get through the three-inch stack of forms. It didn’t take as long as one would think, and after all was said and signed, I don’t remember seeing anything about our first born. Lol.

The next stop was an appointment with UBuild It for the meeting to move us into the construction phase of the process. In their office, we checked the bulletin boards, and sure enough, our picture had finally moved from the planning board to the construction board.

On the table in the meeting room sat a four-inch binder organized with over a dozen tabs. The step by step instructions to build our home. Our UBuild It construction consultant walked us through the entire binder, noted the things we needed to get done before our first onsite meeting, scheduled four key subcontractors, and gave us reading homework: the tabbed section marked Stage One.


Later, as I sat down with my computer and binder in our dining room to digest just what we had gotten ourselves into, I realized I would now take on the roles of office manager, copy clerk, accounts payable, ordering clerk, and secretary, to name just a few. Was I up to it? I hoped so. Because we’ve jumped in. Time to sink or swim.

True to my nature, I made a to do list for the husband as well as myself. We spent the rest of the week tackling the first of the many steps we would need to accomplish in order to build Oak Haven.

Aerial shot of Oak Haven, courtesy of Mark Langford Photography.

Aerial shot of Oak Haven, courtesy of Mark Langford Photography.

Hopefully, in the not too distant future, this little patch of Texas Hill Country will accommodate our new home.

Next on our agenda: an onsite meeting and breaking ground.


About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love and two adorable granddaughters. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in New Braunfels, located at the Texas Hill Country.
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1 Response to Building Oak Haven – Next Steps

  1. laura012014 says:

    And it has started……well and truly!!!!! Congrats. or should I say —- Wow! You are in for the long haul now!
    Blessings on your endeavor, my dear friend and writing partner.


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