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So Mrs Spblademaker has been teasing me about buying a new house. But knowing what we both want, in a home, it would be best to have one built. Yesterday she tells me that she is going to start looking for acreage for us to buy. Somewhere around 8-10 in our area. With a pond or stream on it. Should have it by this summer.

My plan is to prep the land for farming, livestock and a private shooting range (of course).

Her plan is to build the home she wants. I'm guessing a giant kitchen, huge master bath, lots of closet space and a few places to sleep. Maybe a carriage house.

Looks like a 4-5 year plan, but it's still a plan.
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Congrats!

I always had dreams of building, but found that something that already existed--preferably a pre-80's house--was the bigger bang for the buck.

You could always find a house that's *mostly* everything you want, and then just alter it iwth an addition or remodel.

Benefit there is you won't be forced into a very expensive sand mound since traditional septic systems using leech fields are usually not permitted anywhere anymore.
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Do your homework. Building costs are up because materials etc and don't fluctuate with the resale market. Then you have to consider all the new zoning and septic codes.

If you find a resale, foreclosure or motivated seller you will do far better and could get in way sooner.

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Camper;139262 Wrote:Congrats!

I always had dreams of building, but found that something that already existed--preferably a pre-80's house--was the bigger bang for the buck.

You could always find a house that's *mostly* everything you want, and then just alter it iwth an addition or remodel.

Benefit there is you won't be forced into a very expensive sand mound since traditional septic systems using leech fields are usually not permitted anywhere anymore.

I don't understand what people's obsession is with new construction. The literal cardboard they use for trim now in million dollar homes is even more amazing. In my house if you want to drive a screw to hang something in the basement from the floor joists with an impact driver and don't pre-drill it will just shear the screw apart because the old wood is so hard. The shit they use today is just horrific. I had a pressure treated 2x6 on the floor of my shop the other day for about 6 hours. I picked it up to move it and there was a literal puddle underneath it on the polished concrete because the wood was so fucking wet. When I went to drill it my bits chewed through almost instantly like I was drilling into styrofoam. On top of that you have to go through half the batch of wood these days to find a straight board at the home depot. Having that make up the structure of my house? You just can't get that level of build quality anymore without doubling the materials cost. No thanks.
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Emoticon;147133 Wrote:
Camper;139262 Wrote:Congrats!

I always had dreams of building, but found that something that already existed--preferably a pre-80's house--was the bigger bang for the buck.

You could always find a house that's *mostly* everything you want, and then just alter it iwth an addition or remodel.

Benefit there is you won't be forced into a very expensive sand mound since traditional septic systems using leech fields are usually not permitted anywhere anymore.

I don't understand what people's obsession is with new construction. The literal cardboard they use for trim now in million dollar homes is even more amazing. In my house if you want to drive a screw to hang something in the basement from the floor joists with an impact driver and don't pre-drill it will just shear the screw apart because the old wood is so hard. The shit they use today is just horrific. I had a pressure treated 2x6 on the floor of my shop the other day for about 6 hours. I picked it up to move it and there was a literal puddle underneath it on the polished concrete because the wood was so fucking wet. When I went to drill it my bits chewed through almost instantly like I was drilling into styrofoam. On top of that you have to go through half the batch of wood these days to find a straight board at the home depot. Having that make up the structure of my house? You just can't get that level of build quality anymore without doubling the materials cost. No thanks.
It's not just Home Depot, I think they all get their boards from Corkscrew Lumber. I'm not sure where they're located but they seem to be big enough to supply all of the retail outlets.
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Soooo.... we read about what the Mrs. wants out of the deal... What do YOU want? I didn't read about a BIG workshop or three car garage. Tongue
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