You probably already know that building a house usually takes longer than you might expect. But, do you know how long the build up is to building a house? Us either! So many people shared with us "Be prepared for delays. Building a house can take a long time." NO ONE said, however, "be prepared… Continue reading How Long Does It Take to Build a House?
Spring has (finally) arrived to our nine acre forest and, for heaven's sake, we're so glad!! Winter felt like it would never leave us. Now, when we walk through our property no two walks are the same. There is an exciting emergence of brand new baby leaves, strange plants I've never seen and flower buds… Continue reading Growing Deeper Roots… Literally
I've known people who have designed and built their dream home only to walk in when it's finished and say... 'we hate it, we don't want to live here.'" -REALTOR WE MET. NAME: UNKNOWN Ummm... what??!! One day while David and I were creepily touring a new construction model home (with absolutely no intention to… Continue reading How To Build A Home With No Regrets
Clearing land is no joke people. Picture nine acres of forest, never inhabited by anything but squirrels, deer, birds and rabbits (Snow White's dream property! -minus the dwarfs). Imagine tall tree after tall tree, wild grape vines, wild rose bushes, raspberry bushes and blueberry bushes. Imagine meandering little streams running through the woods on their… Continue reading Well… We’re Stumped!
How to achieve your goals when cash is tight. Plus, four things you need to know about construction loans... Whether you are trying to build your dream home, begin a project you’ve been waiting forever to tackle or have another goal that seems impossible because of … well, money, read on to discover the money… Continue reading Little Money, Big Dreams
"I didn't know how to do all of this! Do we get a loan first and then get a contractor? Do we get a contractor and then a loan? When is the first time you actually have to pay your contractor? Would a contractor laugh at me if I didn't already have financing? Would a… Continue reading Building a Home: Where On Earth Do We Start?
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
"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
David and I are building our very first new construction home. We got married about 2.5 years ago after meeting in Paris and getting married in Hawaii (insert: "Thank you, David, for being from there!!!!!!"). We don't shy away from adventure- or do anything halfway. So when it came to deciding where we should live… Continue reading Our Roots Run Deep… or they will eventually