Building Oak Haven – breaking ground

Setting FormsI didn’t expect things to happen as quickly as they did, but they did and we’re very excited.  We met with our UBuild It construction consultant on Tuesday, along with the subcontractors for plumbing, electric, and the foundation. Materials were dropped off at our property on Wednesday and on Thursday, guys were setting up the forms for the slab.

Although we had tried estimating where the house would sit, we were a little concerned about one of our cedar elms and whether or not it would need to be removed. But, after all the measurements were done, we discovered it was safe. It could stay. However, we will probably need to remove some live oak branches hanging too low over the back of the house.

We accomplished a lot on our checklist. The water is already set up, power pole is in process, and we have a porta-potty on site (that makes it really official, doesn’t it?).  We’ve been in touch with the septic company and the plans are underway. Our final appointment with 84 Lumber is next Tuesday to finalize our windows and doors and prepare for delivery of lumber for framing.

I’ve been reviewing all of the selections we have already made, making sure it’s really what I want.  In our 27 years together, with ten moves and ten different homes (not counting our times in temporary housing/hotels) on two islands and three states (and two ships!), we just might be staying put for once. So, I really need to be happy with what we choose. 

Yesterday, we had a bit of a reality check. We found the remains of one of the wild turkey that like to perch in our trees. Not sure what got it, but there’s not much left (I didn’t look, I’m taking the husband’s word). We’re not in the suburbs anymore, and we’ll have to keep a close eye on our 10 lbs of furry fun. Little Wickie would make easy pickins for a predator and we’ll need to take precautions.

I can’t believe this weekend is Christmas. For some reason, I thought the holidays might delay the start of everything (maybe it’s from working for the government). But things are happening. Of course, the rain in the forecast for the next week may slow things down. I know there will be times when progress ebbs and flows, but we’ve left the starting line and the race is on. It’s going to be an interesting and challenging run. Looking forward to the journey.


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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