Blessed x3 (523.5 days ago) Stay at home...we just bought an old farm house in the country and we had to tear out the old septic and put in a new one and it cost about $5000. Not sure about electric and phone lines and all the details of building from the ground up though. My aunt built her house about 8 years ago and she is still working on it. We were considering buying land and building, but in our area the total cost ends up about the same or more, and its stressful starting from dirt...from what she says anyways, lol.
stay@homezookeepa (523.9 days ago) @babii- Wow, that sounds extreme! Also very interesting, thank you for sharing. Even though times must have been rough, it does sound like it would have been a good experience! My cousin from the states moved to Costa Rica about 10 years ago, and they started out doing the same thing...some of their homes didnt have windows! Now she has made a great living in real estate there selling and building homes and has a much nicer home. Maybe we could move there, LoL! Totally couldn't, but would be awesome!
@Mumbo- Lucky! Even though you cut expenses and such, you now live in the ideal home! Which is what I want. We would also have to do some saving to finish the entire house. We bought the house we live in now 3 years ago and it was 3 years old. We had to live in the upstairs only since the LL was unfinished, and we did it as we could afford. I think it was fun, and I didn`t mind it taking the complete 3 years to finish...but this is a small house. Now only about 1800sqft. We need more space! So doing that again, would mean I would only settle for a huge house! LoL, which we couldn`t afford. We were also thinking the dome home since it's suppose to save 50% of the monthly energy, which could really add up. It still comes to the same price for building, roughly. We'll have a VA loan and it's super tough to qualify to build at this time, so we are unsure we can even swing it at all :( If you don`t mind me asking, do you remember how much putting septic and running electric to the land was or was that on your lot when you bought it? And the foundation costs? My mom just built their house not to long ago...but she has no idea. They just told the builders what they wanted and got it, but we don`t have the money to do that unfortunately! We might have to buy land with an old home to demolish with septic and foundation there to save. Too many chooices! I just know I need to move closer to town, by family and friends....and need more space, and land where the neighbors are far enough away for some privacy :)
Babii Anberlin (524.2 days ago) Not really related - My parents built their house on their own in Mexico from the ground up! During the day my mom and siblings ( I wasn`t born yet ) would pick up rocks to grind into cement. My dad would be working all day and when he came home (usually very late, he was always tired) he and my mom would make the cement and start building the house. When the house was almost done, they spent the first night in the house and woke up with frost on their noses. It snowed! They didn`t have any type of heat installed in the house yet and would have dirt floors for the remainder of the time spent there. My parents were very poor but did the best they could, we all survived :D We have it easy nowadays!!
stay@homezookeepa (524.4 days ago) We are keeping all options open to us at this point! Compared to buying a house, how much more or less money is it? Is the time and effort worth it? We know exactly what we want, and have ran into some good deals. With the selling market how it is, the houses we have came across have been for sale for sometime and prices have dropped. We have also found land we were interested in. Did a tiny bit of thinking about dome, and Pole Barn type building designs. Looked at fixer uppers...very old homes and some newer. We have owned our first home for almost 3 years, and hopefully will have it in tip top shape to sell this Spring. We have a realtor, but we both like all the ideas available! We both are good with labor, construction, design. I just don`t know if we have time and empty stress storage left in us to buy something that isn`t already done in this moment of our lives. Any ideas and or advise about remodeling, renovation and building are appreciated!