(Closed) To build or not to build….?

posted 6 years ago in Home
  • poll: Which would you choose?
    Option 1: Contemporary home : (12 votes)
    21 %
    Option 2: Build the home : (46 votes)
    79 %
  • Post # 3
    1352 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I feel like I could have written this myself, I am about to pull my own hair about houses but THAT’S a whole other story.  I think if I were you guys and this was going to be my forever home I’d do choice #2, build your dream home!!

    Post # 4
    1659 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I would take #2 – you have the opportunity to built it correctly and the way you want it to be, rather than trying to figure out what someone else was trying to do or to fix their handiwork. I would be really nervous about #1, for the same reasons you mentioned…thsre could be a whole mess under there, and it could end up costing you more money than it would if you could control what you were building.

    Post # 5
    3471 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

    I would build the home– in the short term it’s not as good, but overall you’ll enjoy it more in the long run, because many of the cons for option #1 aren’t all that “fixable” if you decide you can’t live with them; especially the bedroom issue. 

    Post # 6
    6597 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    If it were me – I would build the home.

    This way you get 100% what you want and you know what needs to be done, aka there are no surprises!

    I feel like if you moved into the other home – you may get unhappy in the future and want to move again – so the investment now would pay off later in that you get exactly what you want!

    Post # 7
    662 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    If it were me I’d build my dream home.

    Post # 10
    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    It honestly sounds like you can’t go wrong either way.  Both options sound like they would ultimately result in you living in a really nice place that you’ll enjoy.

    But I’ve seen photo inspiration of your dream home and it just seems like it will be so wonderful and gorgeous!  So I vote for building even if you have to live in a converted garage in the short term.  I will be totally jealous of your dream home once it is done!

    ETA: Especially go with the dream home if the current owner of the land indicates that he does see the neighbors, they keep tabs on each other, etc.

    Post # 12
    11271 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @bakerella:  where do you feel more comfortable, safe, happy?  do you like or need to have that sense of community?  do you prefer no one around?  what about location and distance to work, amenities, family, etc?

    how do you find places with so much land in toronto?

    both places sound like great potentials.   you don’t have to decide today so i am sure once you revisit both places again and discover further pros and cons you will make the right decision.


    Post # 13
    10588 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I would get a really great home inspector and consider #1 if the inspection turned out ok.  I like having neighbours though, they were like family in some ways (some of that is regional though, most people in the area didn’t have relatives nearby).

    If the inspection turns up anything serious/expensive then go with #2 and throw an awesome BBQ (either before or after you build) to get to know the more distant neighbours.

    Post # 14
    5220 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Darling Husband and I are juggling the same questions. So I have no advice other than I would go for build!

    Post # 15
    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I would build in a second, but that’s because my dad is a carpenter and I would know it’s done correctly. Just think of all the customizations you can do!

    That being said, I grew up in the country (my parents own six acres, but it’s very wooded property with long driveways, so we couldn’t see any neighbors – I never missed it, but now that I live in the city, on a close knit block, I would miss it if I ever moved back to the middle of nowhere.

    Post # 16
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I would DEFINITELY go with option 2. #1 sounds like a nice house, but it isn’t your dream home. If you can have your dream home with 1 year of minor discomfort, it seems worth it to me. 

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