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Old 03-24-2015, 06:50 AM   #1
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Bought 10.5 acres in New Braunfels about 8 months ago and am working towards building our dream home out there. When I bought this place it was thick trees and brush all the way through. Got started yesterday getting a good portion of it cleared out and a 10' perimeter cleared as well to fence it. Have two more days left with the hydro ax so a lot still left to do. Figured some people would like to follow along with the progress over the next year or so. After the clearing is done next up on the list is dropping power and building my service then getting the fencing in place. I'll update this thread as we go, hope you guys enjoy.










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Old 03-24-2015, 07:07 AM   #2
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wow, this is going to be AWESOME....the trees have some really cool looks.
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:09 AM   #3
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Awesome, following!
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:14 AM   #4
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MAn I use to love working the hydroax when we were clearing land for construction. Looks good. Sure the heck beats what I am going to be doing this summer with the chainsaw
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:28 AM   #5
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proud of you B

congrats on the purchase
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:31 AM   #6
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I'll follow along because this is EXACTLY what the wife and I want to do in a few years when our oldest graduates high school.
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:32 AM   #7
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Looks like and adventure. Cannot wait until my wife and I can do the same. Congrats.
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:37 AM   #8
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In for this one. Almost exactly what the wife and I want to do as well.
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:41 AM   #9
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Hurry up and build it so we have something to look at That is going to be awesome, Congrats
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:43 AM   #10
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I'll follow along because this is EXACTLY what the wife and I want to do in a few years when our oldest graduates high school.
you guys should do this now, so your youngest can enjoy the build...wish I could have done this when my kids lived at home
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:35 AM   #11
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Congrats on the purchase. I will follow the build as well.
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:37 AM   #12
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thats awesome!
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:45 AM   #13
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That's awesome! Congrats man. Where at in new braunfels? I'm looking for land that way
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Old 03-24-2015, 12:34 PM   #14
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That's awesome! Congrats man. Where at in new braunfels? I'm looking for land that way

It's off of Bunker Street over by the old Comal Elementary. Which way out of NB are you looking?
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:51 PM   #15
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Yall don't wait. Get the land now, pay it off and work as you go.

We just bought ~14 acres in the North Carolina High Country with no intentions of moving for 15 years.

Great looking place you have!! Very nice work!! Should be very proud.
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Old 03-25-2015, 01:47 AM   #16
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Looking good!!! Clearing some land I just purchased as well!!! Just on a way smaller scale... Congrats
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Old 03-25-2015, 04:48 AM   #17
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Congrats! We are building out in Spring Branch now. I have a thread going of our clearing and building process too. If u need a builder I have one I recommend.
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Any pics of the equipment.
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Old 03-25-2015, 05:56 AM   #19
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Looks beautiful!! Following.
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Old 03-25-2015, 06:08 AM   #20
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Excited for you. Following
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Old 03-25-2015, 06:54 AM   #21
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Any pics of the equipment.



Here's a video, kind of blurry but you get the idea

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Old 03-25-2015, 06:56 AM   #22
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Got the house sight finished up and started on the perimeter yesterday. Going to finish that up today and see how much time I have left.

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Old 04-25-2016, 08:16 AM   #23
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I have fallen way behind on this thread but we are FINALLY ready to get this party started! A lot has happened since the last time I posted, me and a buddy put in my service, drilled my well, and along with a lot more clearing have the house site ready to go. Getting the plans nailed down and exactly how we wanted them was a much longer process then I ever imagined but we are really happy with how they came out. Getting married and building your forever house all in the same year is a full load for sure but it will all be worth it when it's over. Here's a few pics of us building the service and the well.





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Old 04-25-2016, 08:20 AM   #24
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A lot of clearing including the house sight done since the last update.



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Old 04-25-2016, 08:23 AM   #25
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And the " final " house plans. Even these have had changes made. All small stuff such as windows moved/added, extended the back wall to the breakfast nook instead of boxing off etc but you can get the idea.



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Old 04-25-2016, 08:45 AM   #26
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Where'd you rent the hydroax? I have been looking for one but no one in the corpus area rents them. Also, how my sq ft is the house? Looks huge...

we are going through the same process right now. Just about to start the clearing of the land.
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Old 04-25-2016, 08:54 AM   #27
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Good for you folks!!!!

I always enjoy seeing those who can "picture" land as to what it can be with work! Seen it time and time again, thick acreage that turns dreams into reality. The fun part is you were able to "vision" what it could be and are turning it into what it will be.

This is a big part of my job with our clients, helping them "vision" what it ultimately can be their dream coming true. Congrats and I hope it's all you want for the future!!
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Where'd you rent the hydroax? I have been looking for one but no one in the corpus area rents them. Also, how my sq ft is the house? Looks huge...

we are going through the same process right now. Just about to start the clearing of the land.
Hired a guy to do the hydroaxe job. Couldn't find anyone to rent me a big machine and the one on the skidloader wasn't going to cut it for what I needed. Everything since then i have used an excavator and skid loader and done it all myself. Having a neighbor that owns a bunch of equipment helps alot.

House isn't to big, 3150 under AC plus the garage and there is a smaller 9x9 room on the garage level that will be my processing room also not included in that.
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:29 AM   #29
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Hired a guy to do the hydroaxe job. Couldn't find anyone to rent me a big machine and the one on the skidloader wasn't going to cut it for what I needed. Everything since then i have used an excavator and skid loader and done it all myself. Having a neighbor that owns a bunch of equipment helps alot.

House isn't to big, 3150 under AC plus the garage and there is a smaller 9x9 room on the garage level that will be my processing room also not included in that.
Yea, I found a place to rent the brush cutter and it would probably do what I have a need for. Going to meet a guy today with a hydro ax and see what he things he can get done. I have 5 acres and need enough cleared to build a house, have a small garden, and fence it. Three sides are luckily already cleared.
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Old 04-25-2016, 01:06 PM   #30
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Where'd you rent the hydroax? I have been looking for one but no one in the corpus area rents them. Also, how my sq ft is the house? Looks huge...

we are going through the same process right now. Just about to start the clearing of the land.


There is a place at the corner of 77 and 37 that rents out the hydro axe on a skid steer. They had two last time I checked. Forgot the name of that company H&H or H&V something along those lines. I was told over the phone that it has to be rented by the week, no less.

If you want to go the larger route like the one pictured I have a buddy that was layed off and he is now helping his father run one like it out of Falfurrias. They were charging $200/hr last time I saw him.
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Old 04-25-2016, 01:23 PM   #31
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There is a place at the corner of 77 and 37 that rents out the hydro axe on a skid steer. They had two last time I checked. Forgot the name of that company H&H or H&V something along those lines. I was told over the phone that it has to be rented by the week, no less.

If you want to go the larger route like the one pictured I have a buddy that was layed off and he is now helping his father run one like it out of Falfurrias. They were charging $200/hr last time I saw him.

Yea, I checked with them a week or so ago. It was $4000 for a week. No thanks. I can pay a guy a lot of hours to get to $4000.
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Me and my buddy got all the underground and water lines in the ground last week.







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Old 06-16-2016, 02:54 PM   #33
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And they started setting the forms yesterday. Ball is rolling now!




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Old 07-07-2016, 07:01 PM   #35
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Finish tying steel tomorrow then pouring early Wednesday morning










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Old 07-07-2016, 07:10 PM   #36
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Huge slab


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Old 07-07-2016, 08:48 PM   #37
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Looking good. What part of new braunsfels are you in?
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Old 07-08-2016, 07:43 AM   #38
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South of town about 5 miles, by Schwab road


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Old 07-08-2016, 08:15 AM   #39
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This is great! Congrats on your progress so far!
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Old 07-08-2016, 08:17 AM   #40
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Looks great - Keep up the good work.
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Old 07-13-2016, 06:19 AM   #42
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Blowing and going early this morning!






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Shaping up Great! Congrats!
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Looking good and good luck. Using the pumper will speed things up big time on getting it poured. They used one on pouring my slab a few weeks ago.
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Man I can't imagine how you are feeling!!! Looking great!! I'll be there hopefully in the next few years.
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That is looking great, congrats!!!
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Old 07-13-2016, 10:01 AM   #47
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That's gonna be a sweet setup! Congrats!
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Nice


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Congrats. I like your style
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Coming along great! Nice job, can't wait to see the progressions
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