(Closed) Building your own home?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I don’t really have any tips for you, though I have been daydreaming about building a house for years. 🙂 My sister and BIL recently built a house. What sticks out to me the most is:

1. Geothermal heating. Bigger cost up front, much lower energy bills later.

2. Superior walls in the basement.They’re pretty darn awesome.

3. They managed to find hardwood floors within their budget with a little searching around. It’s something to splurge on that will pay off in the long run.

4. The first well collapsed. They tried drilling in other places with no success, and ultimately had to go back to the first well and reinforce it. They would have saved a lot of money if they had just fixed the first well.

5. They had a great builder that came recommended from other people within the area.

6. Permits are a b*tch. Be prepared to pay out the nose for building approvals.

Post # 4
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I would say to build a house if you’ve lived in a few different places with different floor plans. And if you know you cant find your dream house pre-build and make sure you do more then enough research on your contractor. get TONS of references!

My next house i will be building because i know i cant find my dream floor plan anywhere!

I have owned 2 houses and lived in 4. I know what i like and do not like about different floor plans i’ve lived in.

My Future Father-In-Law will be our contractor. My Fiance worked for him for a few years and knows how anal he is on things being done right!

I know a lot of people who have had a house build and they were quoted way less then it actully was going to cost (an extra $30k in one case) or a few months after they moved in things were breaking & drywall was cracking.

One thing to make sure you do is not to get “low end” fixtures. I dont mean get the best ones money can buy but the contractor grade stuff is just not going to last.

Have you looked into modular homes?

Hope that helps!


Post # 5
5 posts
  • Wedding: December 2009

We didnt build from the ground up, but we did completely renovate a gutted house. We didnt have to go through getting plans or an architect or anything since the bones were there, but we did get to change rooms/design layouts, and pick out absolutely everything. I love love love my house now and feel a special connection to it since I basically made it for us. It is unique and exactly how I would want it. But it was a lot of work, and a lot of stress. I recommend it but just go into it knowing that this will be another “job” that you have. Every day there is something you need to decide, budget for, go to Lowes,etc for, or research. Plan for it to take longer than you think and cost more than you think. Get a GREAT contractor (that makes all the difference). and do a ton of research on materials, design styles, layouts, fixtures, etc. before you actually have to make the decision. I think I changed my mind three times for everything we had to pick out! Good Luck! It is a great experience!

Post # 6
4024 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We had a house built for us. I am so happy with how everything turned out, and the process really wasn’t that bad! Just make sure to look at a lot of floor plans. We would drive around all the time and look at the outside of houses to see things like where the garage was placed, entrances, windows, all that stuff!

Post # 8
252 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Eastside Catholic Chapel and Lake Union Cafe

We built our house from scratch and my dad was our contractor.  I have plenty to share but wouldn’t know where to start.  Our progress is on our personal blog. http://fortytwentyfour.blogspot.com/ but feel free to ask any question about the process.  permits are a pain especially if you live on land with a slope like us.  I learned a lot about subcontractors – electricians, plumbers, etc.

Post # 9
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My SO & I built our own house.  Although we knew it wasn’t going to be our dream house, we built for resale, it was still a PAIN in the ASS!!! I hope if you decide to build you have better luck with your contractor & construction company than we did.

First of all they put the wrong roof on our house.  We wanted a cathedral ceiling & they put on a flat, plain ol’ roof.  My SO contacted the contractor & was like “Umm I am no professional but when you built a cathedral ceiling are there supposed to be beams running across?”  That stalled construction for months & our move in date got pushed back, & back & back.  Finally 6 months after we were supposed to move in we did.  Than the construction company filed for bankrupty & left town before we got everything done we wanted.  We didn’t fight this though because we still hadn’t paid them the full amount. 

We will build again, and probably again, and again….at the time it’s a head ache & can get very frustrating, but it’s worth it in the end to have the house that you want.

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