I hate my house. It’s old, (not in a good way), it’s a mish-mash of rooms, it’s got serious plumbing and wiring oddities, and it’s starting to fall apart faster than we can (or want to) fix it. Badger and FIF can attest to its stupidity.
So new house it will be, but I’m terrified, and I have a zillion questions. I would appreciate any input from those who’ve BTDT. I’m interested in why you went with what you chose, and any pros/cons, good/bad experiences, things that went well and things that in hindsight you should have done differently.
What kind of house?: Stick built, modular, manufactured, log, or ??
Plans: Did you design your own, work with an architect, use pre-made plans, or something else?
Site layout: again, your decision alone or help from architect/home company rep/builder?
-How did you find & choose your architect/modular company/builder etc?
-Did you do your own contracting? If so, how was the learning curve (assuming you knew nothing about it to begin with), and do you think it saved you anything?
-What am I not seeing here, what am I not thinking about that I should be?
Part of me wants to take the ‘easy’ way out, put down a slab and plop a doublewide on it. But I’m enough of a snob that I’m not sure I’d be happy with that, even if it did get me out of this hovel on the (relatively) cheap.
The other wrinkle in all this is that I need to build a barn as well – not fancy, but again more than the falling-apart-sloped-tractor-shed that my poor beasties have now. I’m toying with the idea of incorporating the barn onto the house as an ell with a mudroom/laundry/dog zone in between, and constructing it in such a way that it could be easily converted to garages and workshop if we sold to non-horse people down the road. Thoughts?
Obviously my first step is going to be to figure out what we can afford, that’s this week’s project… and another minor heart attack for me… gulp.