We built our house over 5 years ago and truth be told… I loved every minute of it! I would do it all over again! We are planning on an addition soon.
I have had many people reach out to me with questions on the house building process so I thought I would share my top 5 lessons learned.
We were our own contractors and my husband did a lot of the work, so keep that in mind. By all means you can hire a contractor to do all things, but we felt we were capable and honestly just didn’t want to pay someone for something that we felt we could do.
You probably have fifty million pins within Pinterest like I did. You may notice you have a common style you are attracted to. Maybe it’s traditional, industrial, craftsman, or coastal. Whatever the style is, pick one and stick to it. Sometimes I think we try to mix too many styles and it gets hodgepodge.
We have some quality contractors that we have used for many other projects since the build of our house. Get to know your contractors and communicate with them often :). It will make your life easier!
Ah! I hate the “B” word… BUDGET! There were areas that I splurged and other areas where I went with more affordable options.
For example, I was dead set on hardwood floors and also tile in the bathrooms. These items cost more but I saved money elsewhere, such as painting the interior on our own (I hated every minute of it, don’t get me wrong), and Kyle did all of the electrical work. (I walked in with Electrical for Dummies laying open on the floor but our house hasn’t burned down to the ground yet 🙂 )
We learned the hard way for some of these items.
We have a lot of square footage, but I don’t feel like it is utilized well in our house.
For example, we love to entertain yet our dining space is pretty small. We have three floors and a basement, so our square footage is spread out between those floors making each floor seems relatively “small.”
Needless to say, we have a lot of room but not great functionality for each of the different spaces.
Stay tuned for my interior design ventures!
So grateful for you!