Castle Rock, Colorado: Baldwin Building Project
If you follow us on Instagram (and if you don’t you should!), then you’ve probably been seeing the hashtag #baldwinbuilding a couple of times.
Here’s the whole story, told by Celina (who is the ‘Baldwin’ in the Baldwinbuilding hashtag.)
It started in November of 2016, when being the protective neighbor that I am, I spotted someone with no business in our neighborhood driving around aimlessly and looking at my neighbors houses. I asked if she was lost and she said, “no, I’m a realtor looking for a house.” Done being neighborly and now just being nosy I started to ask more questions.
Turns out, the house she was looking for was for her and her husband and they were looking to purchase a house in our neighborhood and scrape it to turn it into their modern dream home.
They had purchased two lots just a few blocks from us (closer to downtown Castle Rock, Colorado and on a cul-de-sac and next to a stream and walking trail) and wanted to build their dream home there, but being in a historic preservation district, they could only build a Craftsman style home (or similar).
In a “hey, just for fun” moment, I invited the realtor to our house just to check it out to see if it was what she was looking for, but told her the only way we would consider selling is if we could buy those lots from her, knowing the real estate market in Castle Rock, Colorado and knowing if they put the lots back on the market they would be gone to a cash buyer in a minute. When he got home that night, I told Andy the story of me being a
nosy concerned neighbor and really played it all as just being for kicks, because we were not planning to sell our house, but when I said “you can only build a craftsman home” he stopped what he was doing and said, “OK. Now I’m listening.” In inviting the realtor over to see our house, we were very much like, “whatever happens”. When I say we had no expectations, I truly couldn’t mean that more. So many things would had to happen for this to work, so we didn’t expect anything.
Stacy (the realtor) came over on a Saturday and within 14 days we were under contract with her. We had agreed on fair pricing- she and her husband buying our house and us buying the lots.
After so many things falling into place for us the remaining piece was a place to live while we build our home. The day we closed on both deals, we noticed our neighbor (5 houses down from us!!) was renting out his house. He had put up his sign no more than 2 hours before we drove by.
This whole entire process- literally every.single.thing. was a God-thing. If you don’t believe in God, that’s fine, you can call it whatever you like, but for us, this has been step by step by step planned and ordained by God. We are amazed and so thankful for the opportunity it has been.
The plan was always to build a duplex or town home on one lot first and then build our home on the southern-most lot. Since that day in December that we closed, it took almost 11 months to get everything into place to begin building.
Here is the progress since November. It’s gone incredibly fast once we were finally able to start!