Thursday, December 22, 2005
Best Christmas Gift Ever
Two months ago I woke up one Saturday morning to find that our heater wasn't working properly, drywall was crumbling, and tensions were rising in our humble abode because of the cramped space. We've lived in base housing for the last three years, yet at that moment my patience in dealing with our dilapidated home evaporated. After 'Micky-Mousing' the house for years just trying to make it livable, enough was enough.
My wife and I decided to take the plunge and buy a home. After months of paperwork, credit reports, and searching for the best deal, we decided to build a new one here in Ohio. I know I know... Ohio lacks my only necessity in life, a beach, but we're only going to be here for a couple of years and as far as we can tell it should be a good investment. It'll also be easier on our nerves as opposed to living in our current cardboard box of a home on base.
Today on my way to work I stopped by my little plot of land and watched as a backhoe broke ground on the basement, officially kicking off construction.
This will be our first house and my first real home, so the excitement is brewing. I couldn't imagine a better Christmas present for me than watching the hole being dug this morning.
It's nothing fancy, but it is a step in the right direction. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we'll be moving in this Spring. When it is ready, I'll be throwing a block party for friends and family. Of course, we're the only house on the block so far, but that should change. I'll keep everyone posted on the construction progress.
posted by El Capitan at 12:48 PM
Looks like your basement will have room for a game room and a guest room... and a bomber hanger.
Owning a home is quite an experience (good and bad). Good luck.
Man! You gonna live in a missile silo? That, or are you expecting a nuclear winter sometime soon? ;)
Congratulations, happy homebuilding!
There are beaches about 150 miles north on I-75. Look for Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon, Ohio...of course you can bring your surf board to sit on or use as a table or tray because Lake Erie doesn't offer anything in the wave department, as far as surfing goes...
Since you love the beach, I guess I shouldn't mention that after a 2.5 years in the same base housing as you, I am moving to Eglin in 2 months... However, congrats on the new house. The great part about it is you can now shop the fun parts of Lowes and Home Depot. In addition, if you find that a wall is in an inconvenient place, you can knock that sucker down and do it again!8:15 AM
I was thinking missile silo, too. You don't want windows? Congrats and Good Luck on the new house. It may be one of the more frustrating things you've ever done. We'll wait & see what you say NEXT Christmas...
fktjdpwv???? Glad I'm sober :)
That's so Awesome, El Cap. I'm sorry I missed this post!3:20 PM