Time to move on
After nearly 6 months trying to get the floor plan we like for a reasonable price, we decided to move on. We had the floor plan we loved, but it turned out to be almost $100,000 over budget. We made some easy changes on windows, bathroom fixtures and a few other things. Then the builder and architect cut down the size and we spent about 3 months refining it only to have it come back $20,000 higher than the bigger house with the nicer options. How can that be?
I never once thought we would walk away. It really hurts. After talking about building our dream house for about 20 years and finally deciding the time was right, we took a chance and failed. It is going to take some time to even consider starting over.
The one piece of advice I can offer is to find a builder and architect that can give you an idea on the price of the house while you are designing it instead of you building up your dreams only to have them crushed in the end.