Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Relocating- First Hand Experience Part 15

Relocating- First Hand Experience Part 15

Here are some of the latest pictures taken of our house.  As you can see, the scaffolding has been put back up in the front to get ready to tear down the elevation and redo it. I can't wait for it to look correct!

We also have the new delivery of the rest of the brick so they can finish the back of the house and also redo the front porch area.




We also have our insulation throughout the house.  We upgraded to insulate the entire garage since Mike uses it as a workshop year 'round too, so it's nice to have it insulated to help control the temperature.





The Low Voltage wiring panel was moved to an interior wall, so that's great.







They insulated the windows in the kitchen... oops!  When are we going to get those windows correct?  The electrician was also supposed to move all the electrical outlets to a horizontal position in the kitchen before insulating, but apparently the insulators didn't get that message.


You see that big window in the front room there?  That's going to be my 2-story office!  I'm going to be downstairs this time, with Mike upstairs.  We have it the opposite in our current house.

It looks like we're seeing some progress though it's still not anywhere near 100% correct from all the earlier mistakes.

Does anyone else see all the "orbs" in the pictures?  Was this an ancient burial ground?  What's going on with that?  I have many more pictures from today with even more orbs... not sure if they are "in the house" or following my in-laws around.  Scary!

Comment balloon 9 commentsDonna Harris • January 24 2009 01:52PM


I think the orbs are dust particals in the air. All of my construction pictures from my construction business are this way as well as my dad's old ones from the 80s during this stage of construction.

Posted by Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary, First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes (LemonTree Realty) about 12 years ago

Donna, I wish you continued luck with the new build job. We had to "re-do" an elevation too on our new home build. I think you turn into project manager with new construction. Just the nature of the beast.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 12 years ago

Hi Donna,

It looks like there is a lot of work to still be done, but it will be GREAT to see the before and after pictures once it's done!

Best of luck!


Posted by Michael A. Caruso (Surterre Properties) about 12 years ago

Looks good Donna! Can't wait to see the change in the window. I know you all are really starting to get excited...Have you sold your house in Dallas?? 

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) about 12 years ago

... stay positive ! ... you just got a couple of steps forward :o)

And wow ! The 2nd floor shot looks like it will be spectacular when finished !

Nice Donna !!

... oh and 'orbs' ?? ... lol... I think heather is right, it's either dust or a wierd light refraction from a light source to the lens !!

Good luck and keep us posted !!!!

Cheers !


Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) about 12 years ago

Thank you for another update in your ongiong new construction saga.

When I have out of town clients building new construction, I always go out and take pictures for them so they can follow the progress too. It makes a great story book for them to share with their friends and family.


Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) about 12 years ago

It's the spirit of HV following you to your future office. ;)

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 12 years ago

Heather, I'm not so sure... the orbs aren't in all the rooms, however dust is all over.

Gary, Thanks, we need all the luck we can get at this point!

Michael, And our scrap book will look great so we can remember the misery for years to come!! LOL

Teresa, Excited?  Far from it!!  No, the house in Dallas hasn't sold.  It's just been a month.

Sheldon, Yes, the upstairs looking down should be grand.  We don't have anything to compare it to since no one has built this plan before, but it seems grand.

Craig, I will sometimes create a visual tour of the house. Standing in the same spot over the weeks so you can see the gradual changes.  My clients love it!

Greg, Yeah right!  They better get out if they know what's good for them!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 12 years ago

Donna - I think your home is going to be beautiful! ... I think I see those  orbs....  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) about 12 years ago