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  1. I recently bought a home. Last night talking to some local families they let me know the home was designed by Wylie Vale (not who I had previously thought). After googling Wylie's name I discovered this site -- and a picture of my home on the "Brief History of Wylie Vale" sticky above. I was quite surprised. It is the last home listed there, called the "Short House" -- and just for everyone's information. It was built in 1955 for Richard Woods a local rice farmer, his family is one of the actively farming families. As most of you know, a lot of the homes in the Brookshire-Katy area which were built by Vale are all from related families, who were mostly rice farmers. The Jordan home for instance (on Woods Road) is from a closely related family (to the Woods, shockingly). In any case, I love the home. Before we moved in a lot of updating was done. About 1/2 of the wood floors are still exposed (the remainder under carpet) what is exposed is in great shape. We removed the (original?) stove and cooktop and replaced. It still has the original kitchen pink tile. The only major project left is for me to painstakingly strip, clean, de-rust, prime, glaze and paint the exterior steel and there is a lot. 125 panes of glass and they are not small. In any case, if anyone has questions, I'd be happy to answer. But, I'm much more interested in learning from similar homeowners. I asked my wife to contact Mr. Vale to see if the original plans were available, those would be a huge help especially since much of the attic is totally inaccessible. The rear elevation to the house is quite nice. I'll attach a picture if I can figure it out.
  2. I-10 out in rural Austin and Waller Counties seems like the last place where toll lanes would be built. In the past, I heard that the Westpark Tollway is supposed to tie into I-10 near Brookshire. Maybe this has something to do with that? http://www.txdot.gov/project_information/projects/houston/ih10_waller_county.htm
  3. When do you think Brookshire will be included in the Houston Metro Population?
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