one of the homes featured in the 2017 Home Tour, was one of the many homes affected by the 2015 Memorial Day Flood. The main structure survived the historic flood although it was surrounded by the rising waters which destroyed the areas underneath the home.
The home has been in the family since 1965, then an 800 square foot getaway cabin with no central air conditioning and a screened porch. In 2010, owners Alyson and Jerry Waldron remodeled the house to make it "the best they could dream" given building restrictions and site limitations. They added a much-needed bedroom with a view, a bath and energy-efficient windows and insulation, transforming the tiny cabin into a full-time oasis.
The transformation was engineered by David Price P.E., designed and decorated by Alyson, and built by Evans Construction. The engineer required the Waldrons to include hurricane straps on the existing foundation as the structure was not attached to the foundation piers. "I was upset because this was not a budgeted expense. I actually ended throwing a little fit about it," says Alyson. She adds: "Of course, after the flood, I called the engineer and thanked him profusely because we wouldn't have a home otherwise. The power of the water would have moved everything and probably forced our home off the piers."
Floodwaters ravaged the areas underneath the house including the garage, laundry room, insulation, air conditioning, the home's septic system and septic field. Those repairs have been completed and now, in their restored spaces, the Waldrons continue to enjoy their compact nest and the design touches that reflect Alyson's art and design sense. The house is filled with antique lighting details and paintings inspired by her family and scenes of the Wimberley landscape and lifestyle. Alyson started oil painting in 2013 and her art work, primarily portraits, is displayed throughout the house.
After the flood, Alyson said the downed trees looked like angels wings on each side of the house. The owners feel their family and friends have been angels that protected them during and after the flood. "Our daughter, Shelby, woke me up, and when I saw how high the water was rising, we left," Alyson noted. "I give her the credit for keeping me safe and perhaps saving my life." After the flood many individuals and groups have supported the Waldrons through the recovery and rebuilding phase. Alyson said: "The outpouring of support after the floods to help us get back on our feet was overwhelming."