House on wheels
By 11/02/2006 00:00:00
FERRIS - The Barrick family dream house has finally become a reality.
Searching for a Victorian home for 10 years, Harold and Kathy Barrick, said they came close in their new three bedroom, two bath 1,900 square feet home.
However, they did not build their home from the ground up at their property at 840 Newton Road.
Instead they took a scenic route by cutting the home in half and taking the second floor game room area off so their home could be transported on wheels to their land.
'We moved one house in three pieces,' Harold Barrick said.
Since the home had been a model unit for Jim Walter Homes the Barricks were able to purchase it for $14,000 and then paid George McMillian house movers to transport their home from Lancaster.
'It was a blessing to be able to get the house,' Harold Barrick said.
But moving the three pieces was no easy task as they started at Interstate 35 and Pleasant Run Road while heading to Ferris.
Harold Barrick said moving the roof the most challenging aspect because it was so wide. 'We had a police escort all through Red Oak,' he said.
Ferris police provided an escort as the roof was transported through town, although all the cars on one side of Sixth Street had to be moved except for one small red Jeep. Crossing the railroad tracks before turning southbound on Central Avenue, Barrick said the procession then crossed the bridge over Interstate 45 before heading down Newton Road. 'It took up two lanes plus the shoulders,' he said as the roof was driven across the bridge. For 12 years the Barrick family has lived outside Ferris on Newton Road in a mobile home, but Kathy Barrick said she was ready for a regular house.'It won't depreciate in value,' she said. 'This house's value will increase over time.' The Barricks hope to be moved into their home by Christmas after all the remodeling was completed. The remodeling includes a larger laundry room and redesigned kitchen.