We’re Moving. Again.

Um… yeah. So we bought this house just under a year ago, and we’ve already decided to move again! So I’m pretty much keeping up with my tradition of moving every year, which I’ve done since I graduated college. Crazy, I know. But it ends with this one. Why? Because we’re building on an acre of my parents’ property! Yes, you heard that right. I’m moving back home, sort of. See, my parents live on a 60 acre plot of land with their good friends. They technically own 30, but it’s not sectioned off. Over the Easter holiday we started talking about the future, and where we’d like to settle down. Both of us thought of the Hill Country as our forever home, and when my parents offered us an acre, we jumped at it!

After a lot of talk and planning, we chose to go with Tilson Homes. We’ve heard a lot of great things about them, plus the hubs’ dad built his home with them and hasn’t had any problems in the 20 years it’s been built. So, which one did we choose?

The San Bernard! Ooooo, pretty right? We made some changes to the plan already. It has a 2.5 car garage originally, and we nixed the half. Then slid that window over to the house side, and have the garage doors on the front. Does that make sense? Probably not 😉 But it will once we break ground and I can post pictures! Here’s a sneak peek of the floorplan.

So the only major change to the plans is nixing the half car, then sliding the doors 90 degrees clockwise to the front of the house. Oh, and the other big thing? We’re only getting it “Semi-Finished”. Which means they’re only taking it to the sheetrock. We’re in charge of flooring, painting, cabinets, plumbing and electrical fixtures, as well as some other odds and ends. So the “smaller stuff” we’ll DIY, while the major components (framing, roofing, HVAC, electrical) will be left to the pros. We’re really, really excited. Like crazy excited. Charlie will get to grow up a country girl! We can even get her a horse, and I can have chickens, and I don’t have to worry about her riding her bike on a busy street. Because unless you consider cows major traffic, she’ll be the only one running the roads 😉

If things go smoothly, we’ll be breaking ground sometime in late July or August. And then only 3-4 months of construction until it’s our turn! So around the New Year, we’ll be saying Adios to Lake Jackson, and Hello San Marcos! Can. Not. WAIT!

22 thoughts on “We’re Moving. Again.

  1. WoW!!! Talk about a DREAM house!!! I can’t wait to see the progress on the house! Also – why not keep the .5 garage for all your tools? or is that not big enough?

    Also – I see there will be plenty of room for visitors 😛 We just had some friends move to the Austin area, so I think your house will be ready just about when we’ll be ready for a vacation 😛

    1. Yup, lots of extra beds for everybody! We removed the piece of garage since my dad and his buddy (our new neighbor) have two metal shops filled with lumber and power tools. It’s a builder’s paradise! I can finally get it all out of the garage and not worry about running nails over with my car 😉 Plus it’ll be a really short walk to the barn, so Charlie can easily raise a calf for 4H if she wants to!

      1. I know I’m a self proclaimed city girl, and would probably lose my s**t if I wasn’t within walking distance of decent sushi, indian/everything else, but you make country life sound so appealing! You have a barn, with real animals! If I keep following your blog/life I may just one day buy a pair of cowboy boots and live on a (your) farm.

        Although – there are people in my neighborhood that have chickens! That’s like living in the country- right?

        1. The funny thing about this area is, even though it’s “country” and people around there can have hundreds of acres, this plot is right next to a subdivision, and the drive is about 100 yards from a vet clinic and a fire station. There’s also a Mexican restaurant that I worked at the summer after high school that’s just a short walk away, as well as a pizza place and gas station. But the best part? New Braunfels and Gruene are only 30 minutes away (which means the oldest dance hall in Texas, as well as two amazing rivers to go toobing), Wimberley is about 15 minutes, Austin is maybe 45 (you know, the Music Capital of the nation pretty much!) and San Antonio is 45. It’s only about a 15 minute drive to the movies or Target. So really, it’s the best of both worlds! A little bit of isolation, but a short drive to civilization 😉 Plus it makes me happy that a fire station and first responder is so close, because stuff like that worries me now that I’ve got a kiddo.

  2. That’s freaking awesome y’all get to custom build your house!! I’m looking forward to the day we can do that on our 20 acres!

  3. Welcome back to the hill country!! We’re just outside of New Braunfels (off of Purgatory) so I understand you wanting to be in this area for the long haul! Can’t wait to see how you finish your house out!

    1. Hahaha! I love the order Addie, it definitely sums up the priorities 🙂 Boxer play dates for sure! No dogs ever play with Rory, they either ignore her or try to beat her up. It’ll be good to socialize her with her own kind!

  4. This post makes me sad and happy all at the same time…I just have one question…wheres my portrait park?!?! 😉

  5. Hi,
    I was searching Google for information about the Tilson San Bernard plan and got a match that you guys were building one in San Marcos. My wife and I live in Wimberley and want to build the same plan here. How have your dealings with Tilson been? Did they stick pretty close to the original price or raise it for any changes? I would greatly appreciate any help you could give.

    Ted_wimberle[email protected]

    1. Hey Ted! I sent you an email with some details from my experience working with the Tilson office in San Marcos. Thanks for stopping by!

      1. Hi, I also came across this when I did a google search on the San Bernard.. We are planning to meet with Tilson tihs week to discuss this floorplan. Could you also send me your experience with Tilson? Were you satisified with the quality and time frame and did they stick to the price? Thanks so much, and congratulations 🙂

        1. Just in case someone pops by to read this (though I know you got the email): so far we’re really pleased with Tilson! Had quite a few bumps with permitting through the city and county, but hopefully we’ll start building soon. The pricing and responsiveness has been excellent.

          1. We just bought land and we are looking at the San Bernard as well. Could you please email at [email protected]. I have a few questions I would love to ask you. I am glad you are having such a good experience with them. Thanks in advance

    1. Hey Kim, you can see the photos of the house in my House tab up at the top of the page. I’m planning to do a series on Tilson and the San Bernard soon too!

  6. Any chance you can estimate what the project cost? we are looking at Tilson and I love the layout of the San Bernard but had several custom things I wanted (the stained concrete floors was a major <3) How easy was it to work with Tilson. also?

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