Friday, June 12, 2009

Catching Up - Part I: Clearing the Lot

Since we waited a few weeks to start the blog, we need to get everyone caught up to where we are in the construction process. (Don't worry, you haven't missed much.) Let's start from the beginning, shall we?


At purchase - view from the road


At purchase - view from the golf course


Clearing the first path


Skidsteer with attachment used to clear brush and trees


The mulch that was left after the brush and trees were chewed up


Standing in the middle, looking across the street


You can see how much the skidsteer was able to clear in one swipe


After Day 2 of clearing


Day 2 - Notice the flowering dogwood trees


Day 2 - from the road


Day 2 - from the golf course

All that work got us to the point where we could actually start building. It also gave us a much better view of what it's going to look like when we're done. We have several nice oak trees, a few black gums that should be beautiful in the fall, a huge tulip poplar (Tennessee state tree) and over a dozen dogwoods that should really flush out and flower more now that they aren't smothered by all of that extra growth. The lot is about 7/10 of an acre and sits on the fairway of a par 5, right between the 100 and 150 yard markers. We've found our fair share of golf balls that have meandered our way over the past several years, but the house is not going to sit in a real hot spot for errant shots. There will undoubtedly be a few, but that comes with the territory.

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