The original 80 acres as I mentioned before are along scenic highway 4. The land itself had been well maintained and there was really not much that needed to be developed. The beautiful cultivated green grasses in contrast with the rugged Palo Pinto Mountains to the west make for a beautiful view, especially in the evenings. The ranch had an open-air barn in which we could park equipment and a spout for a hose. That was it. This didn’t bother me, but for my wife, Martye this just wasn’t going to do.
In the summer of 2004 Martye informed me that if she was going to be making trips out west with me then she needed a bathroom and a nice place to relax. As I mentioned in previous posts I didn’t want to be known as “that city guy.” I wasn’t about to rush and build some “city guy monstrosity of a house.” I promised her that she could have a nice bathroom, but that we weren’t going to do something over the top. That’s when we came up with the idea to enclose one third of the open barn to create a little apartment. The middle section of the barn would be used as a breezeway and the other third would be used for storing equipment. We decided that the apartment we would consist of an open kitchen and living area, a bedroom, a big bathroom and a little garage. Our plan was to have three twin beds in the bedroom and two futons in the living area. That would suffice for our family of five, at least for the time being!
The plans were drawn up and we had a local guy start building. Progress was slowly being made and we were told that the apartment should be finished by the end of the summer. However, as most people know, construction projects never end on schedule. We ran into a hiccup because there was only one man in the country who could dig the septic. He was working on one end of the county and would slowly make his way back towards us. It wasn’t until December that Martye got her apartment. We have shared many great memories there and the wait was totally worth it!