It seems like construction and renovation never ends in my neighborhood. Here’s the latest list of projects.
The couple who own the house on the opposite corner from my house are converting their garage into living space. They will excavate under the present garage to put in a bigger subterranean garage with a heated driveway.
Crazy Barb’s house was purchased by a developer. Thankfully, the house will be renovated instead of demolished. The developer plans on adding 1,600 sq. ft. The house will be 3,700 sq. ft. when finished.
A house mid-block was demolished three months ago to make room for a couple’s new six-bedroom dream home. The couple is now divorcing and fighting over the lot. The lot sits empty surrounded by a six-foot chain-link fence.
Interior renovations on the house next door have stalled. I doubt the new owners will move in by April. A new corvette was delivered to house last week while the contractor was there. I still have not met the owners.
A master suite addition is in progress a few doors down the street. The project is adding 800 sq. ft. to a 2,200 sq. ft. mid-century ranch.
A 2,000 sq. ft. addition to a 3,100 sq. ft. house is nearing completion on the western edge of the neighborhood. The project has been underway for fifteen months. Construction on a new house has finally started on the lot next door. I’m not sure how big this house will be but a 5,400 sq. ft. Tudor house that was deemed, too dated to keep, was torn down.
Houses to the south of my covenant controlled neighborhood are being torn down at an alarming rate. Most of the houses were built in the late 1940’s. They are being replaced by two-story architecturally-insignificant monoliths featuring ten-foot ceilings, four-bedrooms and open floor plans. The new homes are built so quickly I can help but wonder about the quality of the construction. Yet the developers seem to have no problem selling the houses with a seven figure asking price.
Change is constant but is it always good?