The owners of Joel and Kliff Kingbury’s house in suburban Dallas have spent a lot of time helping each other and their three young children with the construction.
The Kingsburys are currently renovating their home, which was built in 1929, into a five-bedroom home with a pool, tennis courts and outdoor seating for $5.8 million.
They also bought a large parking lot with an adjacent restaurant for $500,000.
Joel Kingbury said they are making good progress.
“We have a lot to do and the house is getting ready for a lot more than we could have hoped for,” he said.
The renovations are expected to be complete by spring 2019, and the Kingbursts are expecting to open their first house in May.
Their home is one of the few homes that are truly “live-aboard,” meaning they can be brought in from wherever they need to be and be ready to move in at any time.
But when the Kingsbury brothers were looking to start a new life, they weren’t sure how to find the money they needed.
“I’ve always had a great sense of adventure, and that was a real driving force for us to move here,” said Joel Kingburst, a retired airline pilot.
“It just felt right to move to Dallas and be able to live here.”
He said he and his wife, Kelly, who has two daughters, had a hard time finding housing for the couple of years before the Kingburys made the move.
“You don’t know if you’re going to be able pay the rent for the whole year,” he explained.
“And it took us awhile to figure out how to pay it.”
They said they had to make a decision about where to put their two young sons, Jake and Ryan, so they were able to find a place.
“That was probably our biggest hurdle,” said Kingburster, who was born in Detroit and moved to Dallas as a child.
“As soon as we found a place, we had no idea where we were going to stay for the year.”
In order to be eligible for the grant, a home needs to be located within a 30-mile radius of the Kingsbursts, as well as have a budget of $1,000 per month.
The house also has to be affordable, with the average cost of a single-family home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area now at $3,100 per month, according to a 2014 report by the National Association of Realtors.
The Kingbursters had already been in the market for a new home when they were contacted by an agent who suggested they move into a home in their neighborhood.
They said their agent told them they could move in anytime, and they were excited to be in the same neighborhood as other families.
“The thing about Dallas is it’s a big city,” said Kelly Kingburton.
“For me, being in this neighborhood, it’s like having an extension cord to my house.” “
The Kingsbursters said they plan to have their home ready to live in no time. “
For me, being in this neighborhood, it’s like having an extension cord to my house.”
The Kingsbursters said they plan to have their home ready to live in no time.
They plan to start renovating it in June and will likely have the entire house in place by September.
They have a pool house, which they can bring in for guests, as they also had an indoor pool, a tennis court and a patio.
The new home is expected to open in May 2019, but will have to be tested and approved by the city.
“Our goal is to be ready by the end of 2019,” said Jake Kingburscum.
When you’re young, you want to go out and have fun, and now that we have a home, we have to put in some extra work, so it’s going to take a little bit longer than I’d like.”