In The Woodlands, a four-year renovation has created a ‘monster’ house, neighbors say

Houston Chronicle, May 16, 2018, by Alyson Ward

"The first work trucks rolled up at 47 N. Longspur on Christmas Eve 2013 — and they’ve never left.

The neighbors well remember the day. Overnight, it seemed, pickup trucks and trailers by the dozen started growling down the tranquil street in The Woodlands. They’d line up to park in front of the house, clogging the narrow roadway and bringing workers and construction noise with them.

“There was dust and dirt everywhere,” one neighbor said. “The whole street was just covered in mud constantly.”

Now it’s known as the “monster house,” an 18,000-square-foot home that sprawls across two lots in the curvy bend of a tree-lined street in Grogan Mills. Neighbors haven’t been able to stop it; the township can’t stop it. It stands — still under renovation — as a test to the controls in one of the nation’s iconic master-planned communities.

Even in a nation where homes are getting larger and larger, the Grogan's Mill property is legendary.

The couple who had lived in the house for years moved out a month or so before the trucks rolled up. The new owners wanted to renovate before moving in. But this was no small renovation. ..."

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