Post # 1
I’m home on a snow day, so I’m going what I do best: daydreaming about the future.
My partner and I are about 5 years away from being ready to move into our “permanent home” but we’ve already talked a lot about the fact that we’d like to build a house rather than buy. I grew up in an old house and know that I’d find it really stressful- there is always something to be done. We’re also a bit picky about what we want.
That said, I feel pretty clueless about how to go about it. We’d want a reproduction Greek revival style farmhouse, and would want to hire a local architect/design company to help us with the plans rather than buying house plans from somewhere.
Does anyone have any good websites/books/ideas about how you go about building a house? I’ve heard that its actually good to start collecting images and ideas of what we like now, and to start contacting the design company about a year before we’d want to start building.
And…what is your dream house? (again- bored on a snow day…entertain me!)
Post # 3
Im in the process of getting our designs ready for the dream house.
I posted all my pics over here tho http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/show-me-your-room-inspirations-any-room and put the design up.
Your idea sounds so nice…
Post # 4
We’ve talked about building a home in 5ish years too. Via google reader I subscribe to an insane amount of interior design blogs to start getting ideas about what I like and what I don’t like. We also keep our eye on builders that are building in the area we’re interested in.
There are also a lot of emagaizes with design ideas – Lony, High Gloss, etc.
The best way to find a builder is by word of mouth, so start asking around. Good luck!
Post # 5
@texasmeredith: what interior design blogs do you follow?
Post # 6
Ideally, one day my husband and I would love to design our own home. I’m an architect by profession and he will be soon so it is every Architect’s dream to design their own home and stamp their own drawings. That would be ideal.
My husband also wants to do much of the building himself in terms of putting up 2x4s/metal studs, drywall, flooring etc. Things that will require a trade professional we will outsource, like pouring foundation walls, roofing, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, etc.
So we will see, something like this not developer, pick a model plan and have a developer contractor come in can get quite expensive. I would not want to live deep in the open country so land would also be expensive!
Post # 7
@Gerbera:my parents and grandparents each built their own homes. it’s not quite as difficult as one might think once you outsource the really technical parts (foundation, electrical, plumbing, etc).
Post # 8
I follow Young House Love, Bower Power, Elements of Style, Peppermint Bliss, Made by Girl, Arianna Belle, Cote de Texas, Little Bits of Lovely, Everything Fabulous, Honey We’re Home, La Dolce Vita, Southern Hospitality, Ten June, Two Story Cottage, and a bunch of others.