Building the House

Be a Closer: A Construction Loan Closer

Surviving the construction loan closing like a pro If you have been following our house building journey for any amount of time... you might be wondering if we will ever actually build a house or if we just like talking about building a house! It may not seem like we know how to be closers.… Continue reading Be a Closer: A Construction Loan Closer

Building the House

New Construction Appraisals

What can go wrong and how to avoid it happening to you! We've scrimped and saved. We've waited, agonized and prayed... and FINALY we heard back from the bank and the appraiser. Our first appraisal did not go well. In short, our project appraised for several thousand dollars less than it would cost to build.… Continue reading New Construction Appraisals

Building the House

Designing House Plans… On a Budget

So... we decided to build. We bought the land. Now, what do we build on it? Designing our own house plans presented a set of challenges we weren't prepared for. Of course, we couldn't just make things easy on ourselves and simply choose a ready made house plan that comes with a nominal fee and… Continue reading Designing House Plans… On a Budget

Building the House, The Woods

Buying the Land of Our Dreams… on a budget

"Finding Our Home Roots" Deciding to Build The dream of building our own home started when we had been married for only about one year. I had already owned and sold a fixer upper. It was such an enjoyable experience to make something my own. David, though, always had dreams of having a large piece… Continue reading Buying the Land of Our Dreams… on a budget