It's been a difficult week of winter in Houston, Texas. Ice, 19 degrees, kids out of school, rain, 70 degree weather, more rain.... Despite all that our framers have tirelessly gotten us off the ground. I will share some construction details with you during this upcoming week. It's been too gross outside to get quality pictures (The picture below was our last day of nice weather before winter set in).
I wanted to share a story about one of my neighbors. Turns out he got that dreaded letter from the City saying he could not fix up his house until he raised the slab three feet. I was in a similar situation and that's why I chose to develop my "Texas Basement" and raise up the new living quarters eight feet above the existing slab. Some thought I was crazy for taking that drastic step.
Well, take a short walk down the block to the right of my house and you will find slab #2. The difference here is this slab is up for sale. You see, my neighbor did the math. He realized the best thing to do was to tear it down and build up higher. However, he did not have the drive to see that through so he is selling the lot and the slab. The new owner will create something similar to my house and get another house up out of the flood plain.
It's sad, in a way, to see another slab. That means somebody had to make some really hard decisions. On the other hand it illustrates how another family is dedicated to building correctly along a waterway that may show her temper every now and then.
It's a new week. Hopefully Mother Nature will show us her sunny side. Come back later this week as we look at what's inside the Texas Basement. It's so simple a caveman.... No, I won't go there. I'll give you some pics this week.