I have been waiting YEARS to join you all here!
We got word today that we close on our construction loan this Friday so I finally feel like I can jump on the new house bandwagon! We've only been waiting since 2004 to get started...
Our story - my husband and I built our first house on 6 acres back in '97. We were both 27 and had no idea what we were doing, what was going to work with our lifestyle or exactly what we wanted. We hired Holigan Homes and they basically built one of their development homes that we liked on our property with little input from us aside from picking out the color of the carpet and cabinets. Loved the home, but once we had kids we realized how horrible the floor plan really was for a family and had a long list of things we wanted to change.
In 2004 my Dad passed away, Mom decided to move to a smaller place closer to town so I inherited my childhood home; a 30 year-old Jim Walter house that had been added onto badly, which was also sitting on 6 beautiful acres of hard to find open land in a very good school district. After debating on whether to 1.) fix up the existing house 2.) build a new house on the back acreage (I've had Don Gardner's Edgewater in my build file since 2004) 3.)set fire to the existing house, collect insurance money and build new (and likely go to prison) we decided to save money by investing in the existing house and making do even though our hearts weren't in it.
Over the past 8 years, we added hardwood floors, painted, added trimwork, bought new appliances, installed 2 new dual fuel HVAC units and had a new asphalt driveway laid. The house, however, still needed to be pretty much gutted - the roof ripped down to the rafters and the walls to the studs on both sides. We still had single pane wood windows, recalled Masonite siding, little insulation, bad electrical, horrible plumbing and a foundation that was failing and needed to be jacked up. After running the numbers, and with my Mom's blessing, we decided it would be more economical to just tear it down and start from scratch with a floor plan we really loved and would work for our family now and in the future.
To complicate matters, I have a disabled brother that I'll be responsible for within the next 5 years so we started the process of subdividing off .8 acre to set aside for his special needs trust back in February. Thanks to an inept surveyor and lots and lots of red tape, that process was finally completed 2 weeks ago. I feel much better knowing we have a parcel set aside to build a small cottage for him when the time comes.
Our little family of 4 moved in with my Mom in mid-June and on June 29th, 2012, my childhood home came down. It's been a long month of demo and after many dumpsters of debris we're just about ready to finishing clearing so we can pour footers for the new house.
So here we are, getting ready to close on the construction loan and hopefully start work next week. So glad to be a lurker here no more!