Post # 1
Just like the status says – did you build your dream house or buy it? Husband and I are really considering building vs buying…Looking for thoughts or opinions on the matter.
(can’t do a poll – they don’t work on my computer anymore – not sure why)
Post # 3
my FI’s parents had a house built, and it was a great experience for them. my aunt and her husband are having one built now, and it’s been terrible for them.
i think it depends on the builder and where you’re looking.
i’d love to go the build route, i’m super picky and would probably end up gutting a house anyway, room by room. i think building would be best for us. you know, someday.
Post # 4
Ha! Maybe if I married a doctor!
Post # 5
My parents built their house around 15 years ago and it was an okay experience for them. While they did find it exciting to be able to have everything exactly as they wanted, within a couple of years some windows started to have leaks (they were windows my parents had bought from overseas and not too common in my area so problems installing) and a bit later the stacco on the house needed to be replaced due to the inexperience of the workers who installed it (in my area again there is not much stacco and hard to find anyone that does it!)
I’m sure if they had used standard windows and maybe a different exterior covering they would not have had these problems – so just make sure you have people with experience and good reviews doing the work. My parents knew they were taking a risk by hiring people with little experience with the material but they didn’t have too many options on who to hire.
I’m planning on building in 2-3 years just because I’d rather have things exactly how I want right away! renovations take so long and they are expensive so it’s building for me 🙂
Post # 6
My parents built their house and it is gorgeous! They went through their share of ups and downs, they had to switch builders half way through. I would recommend researching the builders and contractors you are considering.
Post # 7
We bought. There isn’t open land to build on here, and we didn’t want to live 1+ hours outside of the city in order to build!
Post # 8
DH and I didn’t want to wait that long, and we decided for our first house it was too much anyway. We were considering spec homes, but we found that they were more expensive, plus they would be more work and we would have to buy window coverings.
We would be happy to stay in our house forever, but if we have to move in the future, we would consider building. I think it would suck to move from a house you built with all the options you choose personally to one where you didn’t. That was another reason why we didn’t build – the probably of being transferred in the future is pretty good.
Post # 9
We built! It was a great experience for us. Our home builder was great and we got exactly what we wanted. The home warranty is awesome too! We priced out all upgrades before we built and stayed within our price range. Definitely price out all appliances, flooring, and lighting before building.
My brother did a complete custom build. They had to make decisions as they went along and definitely went over budget. They have a gorgeous house though.
I definitely recommend building to get what you want! It was fun to design my dream kitchen. My recommendations are to be picky about your lot, research your builder, and price out all options before. It’s a fun process!
Post # 10
FI parents built their house when they got married, and we are going to build too! FI has the down payment already, we are just working on paying off my loans- and then we start building! I can’t wait to have my dream home.
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
If we had a spare $2.5 million, we would build our dream home. I already have the architect and builder, and I know the interior designer I would select, too, just in case I ever win the lottery. But since our budget was only $500k, we settled for a lovely, already constructed, forever home that will do just fine. 🙂 In our area you cannot touch a new build in a regular development for under $750k. And I wouldn’t want one of those houses anyway. I see how quickly they are thrown together. I just don’t see how something built that rapidly can be built to withstand the test of time.
Post # 12
We built a smaller scale version of our dream home!
Post # 13
Eventually we plan to (finances depending).
Post # 14
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@S2013: If you hve enough experience living in multiple houses, it’s a great idea to build. However, it can get expensive fast because of add-ons. It can also be frustrating because it will always take longer than you think.
Post # 15
i prefer to build over buy. you get exactly what you want.
there really is no such thing as your “dream home” b/c there’s always that little something that you would do differently “next time”.
i have built before and i loved it. we are now in the process of building our next home on the beach. it will have all of the elements that i love; large kitchen with corner pantry x2, 14ft island, built in appliances and granite countertops. stone counters in the bathrooms, large master shower with multiple shower heads, etc, etc. almost every room will have a view of the water and/or pool (when it’s put in).
dream house? i don’t know. i will let you know when it’s done. it’s taken a couple of years already to find a lot we like and design a project.
Post # 16
We do love our current house, but if we move I’d like to build. I want to pick everything from the ground up! I grew up with my parents always building and my uncle was an architect, so I want to have that same experience for myself.