Mary Arline (queen_of_kithia) wrote,
Mary Arline

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Parade of Homes in my backyard

As the house on the lot behind mine[*](or one of the lots, because it turns out there are actually two) has been nearing completion, I've been hoping that it would have an open house or something so I would get the chance to see inside it before it's sold and people move in. Well, turns out I get my wish, because it just so happens that the house is complete enough to be featured in this fall's Parade of Homes.

The Parade of Homes happens twice a year, and it's a chance for the local builders to show off the new-construction housing that they have available for sale. And in this case, it must have been a close shave getting it ready in time, because they only just built the back patio on Friday. [*](I heard one of the other "paradegoers" squeal about, "Oh, a covered patio! How nice!" and I was tempted to mention something about it not existing three days ago--but I didn't).

I was going to walk around the block to get there, but then I thought, "That's silly; I'll just cut across the backyards." So I did.[*](I hesitated to cut across the backyards because we got a tremendous amount of rain on Thursday, and the other house's backyard basically turned into a lake, and I was afraid it would still be muddy. But it wasn't. The ground was still a little soft by the front door, but other than that it was perfectly dry.)

Inside, it's a perfectly nice-looking, perfectly ordinary three-bedroom, two-bathroom house.[*](The basement isn't finished yet, but oftentimes the builders leave that for the new owners to do with as they like.) Nevertheless, it's still amazing to me that there's now a complete and livable house where last year there was nothing but grass and weeds, that in the space of less than six months there can be a house where previously no house stood.

It was also illuminating to look at my house from the back windows and see exactly what my eventual neighbors will see. Very educational.
Tags: adventures in homeowning, sioux falls
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