Back at it!
Earlier this year we were moving forward quickly on a lot purchase and new home build. We've moved quite a few times over the past 15 years, so my wife wasn't thrilled about even a local move and new home build. She ultimately agreed to move forward, but it was clear we weren't on the same page. We put money down on a lot and started the design process... after a week or so, she told me that the timing just wasn't right and we needed to tap the brakes. It was actually a relief because she clearly wasn't ready and we were at odds in every step of the process.
Fast forward 6-7 months and we have both agreed that we'll build in 3-4 years. That will allow us to ferret away more funds, hopefully paying for most/all of the house in cash. It feels great to be on the same page and I think we'll really enjoy taking our time on the architecture/design process.
Couple of questions:
1. Does Houzz or other tools have a shared "clipboard" function? We'd love to be able to share ideas and design inspirations... might even print those ideas and post them in the house on a bulletin board. 3-4 years gives us a lot of time to get it right.
2. How early is too early to engage an architect? Two years out seems reasonable, but 3-4 feels like our needs/wants might change a bit.
3. Thinking about buying land sooner than later if we found the perfect dream location. We're looking in the Afton, MN area and very few 3-5 acre lots are available in close enough proximity. We should be able to buy with cash, but if we found the perfect lot and needed to finance part of it are there decent rates/terms available on land loans?
Final random question... I'm noticing a lot of homes going up in the area with a design that I haven't seen a lot of in the past. Typically exterior cedar shakes and stone with very long sweeping gables that curve out at the bottom. I kind of butchered the explanation, but is this a specific architectural style? I've seen it on small craftsman-ish houses and larger lodge style houses... I'll try to find a picture and post it as an example.
Great to be back and excited to move forward on our journey!