When I got my first house, it was 1998. My husband and I were still very young. We had no children, and we did not have a ton of money to spend on a house. However, even then I knew what I liked and I knew that I wanted space. We chose a house that was perfect for us and perfect to grow a family. Fast forward a few years and we were then running out of space! Going from a family of 2 to a family of 4 with twin set#1, and then finding out that we would soon with a family of 6 with twin set#2, we quickly learned that our spacious house was not quite spacious enough. And since much of the usual living space was in the basement, it was not quite right for young children.
We decided to look for a new, larger house. That process could be a whole post on its own. Long story short, we started the process of looking for a new home and listed our current home, all while I was getting increasingly more pregnant with my boys. We decided to build a new home by accident. Our realtor and friend made a wrong turn while traveling to meet us at a viewing. She stumbled upon a new subdivision being built not too far from the home that we were viewing. She encouraged us to take a look. We gladly obliged since the home that we went to view was not what we expected. We quickly realized that we could get a brand new house for the same price that we were willing to pay for an existing, previously occupied home in the same area.
I was sold! I loved the idea of being able to personalize what I wanted in my home to fit our needs. We then started looking at other new or custom build subdivisions going up in the areas where we wanted to live. After during our research, we did settle on the “accidental neighborhood”. Our builder, whose name was actually Bob! Yes, that’s right… a real Bob the Builder, was awesome. He was very helpful and very understanding. He and his staffed walked us through each step of the way. And I know that I was a pain, so I was very grateful.
They had several options for us to choose from. They were working with 4 floor plans and many, many textures and other options. After visiting the models I was able to choose the plan that I liked best. Plus he was very accommodating to my picky needs. :) I made several upgrades to my plan. Most were not listed, however you never know until you ask, right? I was able to enlarge my kid’s rooms, add a larger shower in my master bathroom, add a small mudroom off the garage for storing shoes, and turn the small office into a full 5th bedroom. The most changes were done in my kitchen. I wanted to upgrade my appliances from what was offered in the package. My builder accommodated that with no problem. I even used my computer to design a new layout of where the double oven that I wanted would go. That was a lot of fun.
Being the tech geek that I am, I also knew that I wanted my home to be high on technology! In other words I wanted it wired. We got a recommendation from a friend who was able to wire our house for Ethernet, hole house audio, and an intercom system before the drywall went up.
Each and every bit of research, etc. was worth it! I am very happy with the way things turned out. Even now, almost 7 years later, there is not much that I would change about my house. Deciding to build new can be scary. If you are wondering about the process and what all it involves, the BHI: Start Fresh Buy New website can help you along.
Disclosure: I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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