From the Horse’s Mouth – Construction and a Country Wave

Get a glimpse of what life is like at Sandbrock Ranch through the eyes of Sandbrock Ranch’s very own resident, Karen H. From the first days of discovering our one-of-a-kind community to building her family’s very own dream home, read up on Karen’s experience straight from the horse’s mouth.

Construction and a Country Wave

December 2018


So much has happened since my last update! The holidays are in full swing, and I’m pretty sure that elves are secretly working on my house night and day. How else could you explain all of the amazing progress that’s been made? Once the framing process was completed, we were thrilled at how quickly walls and windows appeared. Here’s how it all went down.


Our homebuilder provided us with a list of the homebuilding stages, and it’s been a nice tool to use in tracking our home’s progress. Once the framing process was completed, the HVAC, plumbing and electrical were the next installations. After inspections were made, we were asked to do a walk-through to see the house prior to drywall installation. Pro tip — this is a perfect time to take photos of your walls for future reference. If you‘ve ever wondered where studs were located in order to hang a mirror or wall art, you will wonder no more when you have these pics. I’m not officially confessing to drilling multiple holes in walls trying to hang something, but let’s just say I own a container of spackle, and I know how to use it.


Next came the drywall, or sheetrock. What a difference to see walls! I was astonished at how spacious the living areas are. Can I just tell you, the open-concept design in new homes is a game-changer.  Architects call it form and function, and you are going to be blown away at how much bigger a new home feels. One of the keys is how far your eye can see when you are standing or sitting in any particular spot. These are called sight lines, and I’m in total love with the ones in our new home.


Every time we visit our new house to see the latest progress, we also take the time to get to know the area. Most recently, we happened upon a quirky and cool restaurant — Bebo’s Cafe in nearby Pilot Point and close to Lake Ray Roberts. This quirky, casual place defies an easy description. Our server recommended the fried catfish and I am so glad she did! They’re famous for their hamburgers, too. And if you’re a fan of Elvis, you’re going to love their decor. Although we didn’t catch an act that day, we’ve been told they have some really good impersonators that often hit the stage there.


On our return home that afternoon, we took a drive along some of the back roads in and near Aubrey. It never fails to bring a smile to my face to see horses and cows grazing in pastures, enjoying the good life. What really hit me this time, though, was something I hadn’t seen in a very long time — the country wave. This is where an approaching driver gives you a friendly wave as they drive past you on a two-lane road. I drove speechless for a few seconds — then slowly smiled as it dawned on me what had just happened. Oh, how I have missed the friendliness of life in the slow lane.


Coming up next month — new year, new house, new life! We are getting super close to realizing our dream. In the meantime, I have some packing to do. Time to go buy some more bubble wrap!

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