A Question for Home Builders and/or People Who Like One-Walled Structures in Their Front Yard

construction-wall.jpgTim and I stoked each other’s curiosity as we drove by this house being built at the corner of Armstrong and Bryan. What’s up with the mini-house out front? It’s not even a mini-house, but barely more than a wall of a mini-house. I noticed that the wall’s progress reflects that of the larger project: When the house was just a wood frame, the wall was a wood frame. House gets a roof; wall gets a roof. Sheetrock; sheetrock.

Tim thought it might be a city-mandated structure. Something something about codes. I pointed out that other home projects did not have them. He now thinks it’s a really small mother-in-law suite. (LOL, right?) Me? I think it’s a home-builder flourish–a way for passersby (and future owners) to see the level of completion.

But certainly someone out there knows the answer(s). I’ll post this over on DallasDirt, too, to see if anyone over there knows.

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22 responses to “A Question for Home Builders and/or People Who Like One-Walled Structures in Their Front Yard”

  1. dallasnewsgirl says:

    Possibly a security guard hut?

  2. CDD says:

    gatehouse for evil troll to live in?

  3. Andrew says:

    I assumed they are used to show the stone workers the correct pattern.

  4. DM says:

    Maybe its a Burger Street?

  5. JNJ says:

    Trolls live under bridges.

  6. Doug says:

    It’s a mockup….meaning they will use the same materials on this little structure as they do the house to make sure they like the materials.

    You see them all the time on commercial projects and large residential projects.

    Just a way for the owner/architect to be on the same page before they start ordering thousands of dollars worth of material.

  7. Seven says:

    In parts of the country, this would be a place for kids to wait for the school bus in the morning, but I’m GUESSING that’s not the case here.

  8. Chris says:

    I don’t ever remember seeing a foundation for a mockup.

  9. Sean says:

    Mmmmm. Burger Street.

  10. jb says:

    Wick’s HP residence?

  11. allison says:

    I dare y’all to show up and do an afternoon puppet show.

  12. GMOM says:

    Armstrong and Byron?? Bryan is downtown! Most houses have them now, it’s a PC thing to do!!!

  13. david says:

    LOL. The puppet show comment is the best blog of the week!

  14. A.B. says:

    It is a mini-Starbucks so the owners don’t have to mingle with the crowd at HP Village.

  15. Randall Roberts says:

    Just another way for some of the dallas type people to come across as snooty look at me folks. lol attention whor$3

  16. Mantooth says:

    They’re cell phone only huts. It’s a convenience in HP so that drivers can exit their vehicles and use their phones without being exposed to the weather during the phone calls. Also, it provides a safe place for HP kids to smoke weed outside the house and, again, without being exposed to the elements. What do you expect them to do, go down to the creek by the HP pool and smoke there? How bourgeouis!

  17. Daniel says:

    In fact, I’m seeing more and more T-shirts on HP teens with the slogan, “My maid smokes weed down by the creek by the HP pool.”

    Seriously, though, the cute lil’ structure in the photo is where the lawn-jockeys bunk up at night. If they’re not drinking whiskey and playing poker, that is. You know how hard it is to find good lawn-jockeys these days!

  18. Groud the Jett says:

    It’s Marty Cortland’s way of showing you how small your house would look compared to his.

  19. Candy Evans says:

    Keeps the valet parkers warm and dry…NOT!

  20. Mission Builder ~Developers says:

    The little structures in front are “Mock ups.”
    The trim colors, roof and veneer samples are applied in a small scale for owner approval. Once it is approved, the full house quanity of material is ordered,delivered and installed.