Building a House
Building a house is both stressful and wonderful. This past year, we built our final home – our southern dream home as I call it. My husband and I built our first home in 2010. We went through the construction process (for our first home) during our engagement. Our first home was ready two weeks prior to our wedding. We moved everything in before getting married. When we returned from our honeymoon (in Jamaica) – we moved right into our new house.
Our first house was more of a turn key type job. We were not as involved in picking everything out as we were in our final and forever home. Our builder was a family friend and he pretty much handled it all. Of course, we were only 22 and so we were obviously on a much stricter budget. We needed something nice and simple. We live in a super small town and the options to buy were so very limited which is why we chose to build in the first place. Our first home was a pretty standard home with pretty standard things. It was a nice house, do not get me wrong…but just not as “custom” as our new home. It was a stepping stone that lead us to our dream home.
Our first home was a breeze…this second house…not so much. Our contractors were wonderful…I have nothing bad to say about them. But…just the process in general was so stressful and time consuming. I am pretty sure I developed ulcers during the process. Also…I need to throw in that the stress was not because of our lack of being prepared. Working on making sure I had everything perfect had pretty much a priority of mine for the previous 8 years. I started working on this plan shortly after building our first house. I love the building process in general. It was like a hobby for me…researching/booking vacations and redesigning the insides of houses has always been “my thing.”
During the process..I had a binder with everything that I wanted listed. This binder helped…but things happen so quickly that the stress just piles up and then you have to worry about getting what is on your wishlist + staying in budget…which is so very hard to do. Towards the end of building our house…we were just exhausted…mentally and physically because we did lots of work ourselves.
Now, thankfully, we are living in our new home. Moving into your new home does not mean things end. Once you move in you have to move on to things like getting your yard in order. We now have 8 acres which is pretty much a constant job compared to our old house that was sitting on 3 acres and half of them were in a lake behind our house.
Anyway…I want to share with you guys the process of building our home. Hopefully…my tips and advice from building our new home will help your building process be a little less stressful and hectic. When it is all said and done…building a house is wonderful. Ulcers and all…I loved every minute of it and am truly blessed.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 16-18