23 August 2012

And So It Begins...

I've previously mentioned all of the construction going on in the neighborhood, but no project has been as exciting to me since our own as one that's just getting underway.

Right around the corner from the Green House is a lot that's been on the verge of groundbreaking for a while. I've been following its progress for about the last year, since I discovered the owner's blog, austin cubed, which is as fun to read as it is informative. After a couple of false starts on the design front, the plans are finally final, permits have been secured, and the builder has this fine, architecturally precise model to refer to should any questions arise:

(Picture shamelessly snagged, with permission
after the fact, from austin cubed.)

A modern, angular stucco-clad two-story with a flat roof and detached garage. Although, aesthetically, it couldn't be any more different from the Green House, it has two things in common with our house: (1) nearly identical square footage and (2) similar degrees of green-ness (it is expected to receive a five-star rating from Austin Energy Green Building).

Nothing too exciting is going on yet, but I was delighted to drive by this week and see the first signs of impending construction:

(Part of a fence, a sidewalk, and some trees are being removed before work starts on the foundation.)

It's been more than two years since I've written at length about our own construction process, and I look forward to this opportunity to do it again, blissfully unburdened by the stress of direct personal involvement. It's going to be an exciting 8-10 months!

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