OK, so here’s a brief update about the house that’s being built on the not-so-vacant lot behind our house. When we last spoke about it, the house was only some leveled land and poured foundation.
Now that foundation has blossomed into a fully grown monster of a house. I guess the home style is typical of a narrow lot in a part of the country with little room left for expansion. As one neighbor put it, “its a builder home.” There isn’t anything architecturaly interesting about the design, just a basic house rising too high from the ground. It seems pretty similar to a modern day “Sears Catalog Home” in its construction. Its also a bit of a blank slate right now.
Along the way we got to see some pretty drastic improvements when we got home from work everyday.
That was by far the windiest day they could have been working up there. I don’t know if the picture really captures it, but I was genuinely concerned for those guys’ well being as the gusts got stronger and they put up the second story.
There it is complete with its full frame and Xanadu looking design.
Next came the roof and windows. Now its looking like a real house.
And finally the siding was installed. I like the color, and I honestly won’t mind looking at it. They could’ve gone with something in the “tan” or “beige” realm and I’d have been annoyed. They say the home construction industry in New Jersey is making a comeback. That New York Times article hints at a bit of a mixed reception from builders and folks in the building industry. I guess the true test will be whether or not you see a ton of these builders homes springing up across the state in the near future.
A drive over to the front side of the house (not pictured) shows that it is only partially completed. Maybe they’re waiting for a buyer? Who knows, but I can tell you that they’ve certainly slowed down working on it. At this point, I’m just looking forward to the fence being installed.