Under Construction (but Not Us This Time)

Land Survey with Shed

Probably the number one question we get when people come see the house for the first time, or second time, or third time is “what’s going on with that house in the backyard?!” It’s an odd question out of context, but what they’re referring to is the “vacant” lot behind ours. That doesn’t sound so strange but it sure looks weird when you notice the shed on the property and the path leading to it. We’ve talked about it before, but the shed back there looks a lot like a smaller house, or a guest house, but its not, its just an elaborately  constructed shed.

Vacant Lot Land Clearing

One Saturday morning, we were awoken to the sounds of loud machinery. The kind of sounds you’d expect to hear in a movie, and then to be followed by the sight of a crane with a wrecking ball. Not quite. But close. There was a crew in the vacant lot, clearing all of the debris from, among other things, Hurricane Irene.

Crane in the Back Yard

So then as the morning goes on they start ripping out trees and eventually digging up the earth.

Shed and Dirt Mounds

A few days go by and a porta potty shows up. Then a foundation gets put in.

New Home Foundation

New Home Foundation on the Back Lot

And that’s where we are right now. Its been a few days, and we’ve had some snow and rain. We knew this day would come. Even when we first were shown our house by the realtor, the back lot had already been subdivided and sold. We were told a contractor had bought it and was going to build a new house. Months went by, and the only way I could figure out to find out who had bought the lot, was looking up the county tax records online. Sure enough they were there. They are nowhere near complete and I’m sure this will be an ongoing part of our lives for at least the next few months.

1 Story Dwelling Survey

Stay tuned for more on the construction as we spy on it from our kitchen windows.

2 thoughts on “Under Construction (but Not Us This Time)”

  1. Ugh. Hope it finishes quickly!

    The neighborhood where Kevin and I live has constant construction. Its an old neighborhood (circa 1920-1940s) filled with cottages like ours. The current “fashion” is to buy the more dilapidated homes, tear them down, and build huge houses that literally go from the curb to the alley and property line to property line. Zero yard. They’re ugly (we call them McMansions).

  2. Its not that bad back there at this point, but that definitely is the trend in our area. The new house looks like it’ll be a little tight on the sides, but luckily the lot is pretty deep so they won’t be right on top of us!

    The other house in our neighborhood that this same contractor built a few years ago is pretty big, but its relatively modest, which is a good thing in this case.

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