Sunday, August 17, 2014

New Build

From the beginning of "We are moving to Houston," Ed and I have said we wanted a new house. We just aren't interested in an older house that needs updating or major repairs. We don't know anyone in this area to do work and we certainly don't want to throw money to an unknown craftsman who might do sub-par work or walk away with our money.

Nonetheless, we spent several weekends going through homes new, old, and in between. We saw some amazing lots with homes in need of a complete gutting. We saw homes with tiny bedrooms. We saw homes with no back yards. Sigh...  Nothing felt right, until we walked through a new build in the "Neighborhood Series" by D.R. Horton. This particular house, the Westbrook 3, was amazing inside! It ticked all our boxes except the lot was a smidgen too small and had no trees. East Texas is known for the pine trees. Of course, we want pine trees!

So we did some research and found out there was another neighborhood that was building the same floor plan. Yay!

Let me stop here and say that we had some other important parameters of which we needed to be mindful. First and foremost the timing. Part of the relocation package included outstanding perks if the Houston home is closed on a year from Ed's start of work date. For us, that is March 23rd. Also important were school boundaries. It was very important that Mason be able to stay at his new high school for his Jr AND Sr year. (We had already picked out highly rated middle and high schools when we took the rental property.)

Here is Mason being fitted for his Klein Oak Band marching uniform. 
(Taken with my phone sneakily!)
 Here is Dane after being registered as a Knight at Krimmel Intermediate School.

 Back to D.R. Horton.....
We drove out to the master planned community called Gleannloch Farms. A new section with only 69 lots called The Legends of Gleannloch Farms was currently under construction. Over the course of several days, we went through the model home, almost finished homes, drywall only homes of all the floor plans they offered. Still, we kept coming back to "the Westbrook 3." (It is 3810 sq ft, which is slightly smaller than our Caisteal home. Ha!)

Next, we picked a lot. Remember how we wanted trees? Well, check out these tall beauties on lot 8!

We had the builder stake the lot so we could be 100% sure the trees were on lot 8. Not only are they on lot 8, they are across the back center and can be saved!! Whoop! That sealed the deal!

 Eventually, we decided to "throw our hat over the fence" and sign on the dotted line. We are under contract for a "Westbrook 3" on lot 8 with pine trees that will stay in the back yard. Here we go!!
20218 Altai Terrace Drive, we will see you in March!

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