A Texas couple who dubbed their dream home the ‘castle’ only have a castle in the sky four years into a construction process that has been riddled with pandemic delays.
Carrie and Nate LaChance bought a lakeside property in the Dallas area for $260,000 in 2018, where they planned to build a luxurious dream home. Still unfinished, the project epitomized the hitches of the covid era, The Washington Post reported last week.
The couple’s plans for their mansion include a movie theater, an in-ground pool and a gym. But the LaChances weren’t able to build those amenities, let alone use them, in the four years their home was built.
The LaChances, like the homebuilding industry as a whole, have been hit by price hikes and supply chain delays.
And the hits follow one another.
Despite choosing a 24-karat gold bathroom sink and tile for their dog’s tub, the LaChances still don’t have windows.
An Oklahoma quarry was able to send slabs of shimmering “Silver Mist” sandstone during labor shortages and soaring fuel costs, but the Texas construction crew ran out of workers to apply the stone outside the house.
The couple’s high-end SubZero refrigerator, which they ordered a year ago, won’t arrive until the spring.
They’ve exhausted their $3 million construction budget, plus additional funding, as prices for everything from lumber to appliances surged unexpectedly.
The LaChances’ homebuilder, Joshua Correa of Divino Homes, is building the house not on conventional building wisdom (windows then interior), but on what is available.
The housing construction industry has felt the force of so many headwinds. While new home construction is still above pre-pandemic levels, starts down since April.
Carrie has been the Chronicle the house-building journey on Instagram for his 1.1 million followers. “I can’t wait to be here next year in my new [house emoji]she wrote alongside an aerial view of the property last October. Almost a year later, the house is still skeletal.
— Cailley LaPara