Tulip Hill Lot Walk

Hello blog friends!

The building process is moving right along. This week we picked our exterior colors (link) and did our lot walk with the builder.

We met with the builder to see how our house is going to sit on the property (boring – I know).

There are lots of trees that will have to be cleared to fit the house here but the great thing is that our builder let us walk around back with him and choose which trees we wanted to keep. He tied orange tape around them.

When asked my opinion about how I want the backyard to look my response was “as rugged as possible”.  I hope I don’t regret that but I envision a self made fire pit, bird feeders and a forest feel back there. It may not quite be like a forest but I want to keep plenty of trees. Nothing too tidy.

There are a couple of Holly trees back here, some maples and a few mystery trees that I don’t recognize.

Some of the pine trees are super tall and according to the builder, it’s best to take them out because their root systems don’t go very deep. I don’t want one falling on our house during hurricane season. We can get some high winds here in VA.

I let the guys trek through the woods mostly because I know there are black snakes around here that I do not care to run into. That would give me nightmares (and I am pretty sure my reaction would create a scene that would leave a strange impression on the ears of those within a 6 mile radius).

Nothing too exciting or beautiful to see in this post except that sexy man in blue – that is my sweetheart.

The street signs are in and the whole place is getting developed nicely.

I got all tingly when I found out what our new address will be. That might sound goofy but it makes this whole thing feel a little more real.

You know I like to share my little pup with you here and there. When we got home Mazi couldn’t decide if she was going to smile or yawn but she surely was not going to jump off the sofa to greet us. She is the laziest dog I’ve ever had. Why would she be yawning? She slept the whole day!

Thanks for peeking in on the grungy end of things. These Tulip Hill posts might not be very pretty for several months but so long as the weather holds up through winter we are hoping to move in the spring.

Well, again, thanks for dropping in and have a super fun weekend!


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At Rivercrest Cottage

Holly, it looks like a great location to build a house. Those tall trees would bother me too. Glad you're taking them out.

Karen L. Bates

What an exciting project. Beautiful lot and I can't wait to see how everything turns out. New to your blog (follower) so I'll keep reading!

Holly @ Down to Earth Style

My teenage boys think the street name is so dumb. Hahaha –


Hi Holly,This is exciting to know you are on your way to building your new home. Love the name of the street too.Have a great weekend.xoxoKris


I LOVE the name Tulip Hill! What a great address that is going to be…and, of course, you have to plant swaths of tulips that will come up every spring! That lot is going to be gorgeous once it is developed.Hmmm…maybe Mazi sneaks a little nip of brandy when you aren't looking? lol xo Diana

Brenda Pruitt

I do miss the tall pines of East Texas. Mazi is so cute! Abi got out today and I had to drive around and catch her, the minx!Brenda

Holly @ Down to Earth Style

I have to laugh at the street name thing. When we were house hunting in Connecticut in 2003 we loved this one house on line. Come to find out the street it was on was called Skunk Misery Road….I couldn't do it! We chose a whole other town, for more reasons than the names of the streets.Hoping we don't scare away the pretty birds and deer but if the snakes want to relocate a little farther back in the woods – I'd be super happy about that. I love Virginia!


Your lot looks wonderful. It's so nice they're letting you choose the trees and have a say so in what the yard looks like. I love the name of your street too. We went from living on Skipping Stone to Harlem Road. I mean, who wants to live on Harlem? I guess it's better than living IN Harlem! : )


Your lot looks so much like ours did when we moved to VA in 2003! We had two beautiful burr oak trees on our lot and a nice treeline at the back. Unfortunately, when they trenched for the utilities they severed the roots of both trees and they started to die, so we had them removed. Then as we prepared to transfer back to the midwest, that lovely treeline at the back was removed. Seems they didn't measure the green space accurately, and it extended into the new lots being added. I have beautiful memories of the deer which wandered… Read more »