Normally I try to provide insight on life lessons I am learning in my daily blog in order to try and help others avoid having to go through some of the same struggles that I do. But today I need to turn the tables and ask all of you if you would be willing to share any insights you have on an issue so that I can avoid going through any of the struggles some of you might have gone through. I promise to go back to sharing helpful insights again tomorrow, but for today I hope it’s okay for me to ask for your help and insights instead!
So here is the deal: My husband and I are in the beginning stage of building a new home. This is our very first time to build a home from the empty lot stage forward, so going through this experience for the very first time, the last thing we want to do is learn everything the hard way! I am all about avoiding having to learn things the hard way when you can simply seek advice of other experts to avoid that! So I am hoping that some of you reading my blog have built a home from the ground up before and can provide me any lessons you learned, or insights or advice you have that might prove helpful to us as we go into this process. I would much rather avoid the hardships in this process by learning from all of your experiences!
Some of the areas I could use your advice on this are:
My husband and I sketched out our own floor plan we wanted before we met with the architect so that we could provide them the exact room dimensions and layouts we wanted for our home. We tried to think through all layout things that we wanted, but if anyone has suggestions for things they think I should remember in the layout I would love to hear those (some examples were friends pointed out that we want a laundry room by the closet, and another friend pointed out that a dumb waiter to lower food down to the food storage room would be nice). Anything like that would be helpful. We took our drafts of the plans and we turned those plans over to the architect to begin the computer renderings of the plans, so that is the stage we are at now, but if we want to add anything into the layout now is the time to do it, so please give your ideas if you have any! Feel free to just post them as comments on this blog as I will be checking for your responses.
We are starting to interview home builders now and we are anxious to find someone who does quality work for a fair price and who can meet the deadlines they commit to. I have heard a million horror stories from people who have hired general contractors so it really scares me! Advice or referrals on who is trustworthy or fabulous would be really helpful to us as finding someone trustworthy is tantamount to me on this project. Again, feel free to post references as comments on this blog or email them to me privately if you would prefer.
I have to say it is a little overwhelming to go through this building process for the first time. Thank heavens I married a man who knows construction and building! But designing the layout and hiring the right team and deciding all the details like ceiling designs, and lighting, and cabinets, and furniture layouts, and appliances, and closets, and everything else when you haven’t built a home before is a little bit overwhelming. But if I have learned anything in my life it’s that anything is possible if you want to make it happen and the smartest way to approach something new is to learn first from the people with the experience and expertise, because that will save you tremendous pain down the road. So for that reason I am reaching out to all of you so I can learn from any of you that have the experience and expertise, because heaven knows I don’t have it!
Thank you to anyone who can provide insight or advice. I truly appreciate it! And I promise to go back to my normal blogs again tomorrow. Thank you!!!