Originally Posted by Mogley
Find a good custom contractor who does customs, check his last few projects. I would assume the building season in your area is short, so he is probably booked this year (good sign). You can get some basic plans and he can make basic adjustments what you want. If you see something you like in the area you are looking check out who the contractor is.....Don't do very much yourself.
On the negative side- the home builder who owns the two lots we like the most will not sell the lot- so we have no choice but to go with them. (Not sure if that is how it works in the US- here builders sometimes will buy lots or whole subdivisions from the town or city-so you have to buy from them if they will sell, or build using them.)
On the positive side- they are one of the cities top builders!
Sadly this also equates to one of the most expensive- but a lot of things that come standard with them do not with others- granite, triple glazed windowns, high eff furnace, Energy Star rating, etc.
Don't worry - we would not be doing ANY of the subcontracting or work ourselves.
The only thing is we will be leaving the walkout basment undeveloped, they will do it to the framing stage and we will finish it down the road. Don used to drywall so he can do that (but NO MUDDING AND TAPING he tells me.
I just cannot believe how expensive it is for a new home.
Originally Posted by PlayaGroom
I'll support you!
No really, I'm a little interested in this thread as well. Bean and I have tossed around the idea for in a few years, so I'll be tracking this thread. Thanks for doing the dirty work for me, Riss!
That is cool! What style do you like?
We also considered a raised bungalow with walk-out...but wow...those are even more expensive to build a decent sized one.
Originally Posted by znett
I have built ton's of home's, as I am a contractor. If you PM me your email address I will email you some pictures of the homes I have built with walkouts.
Really, that is SO NICE of you! Thanks, I will!
it has been tough finding blueprints, a lot harder than I though.
Step 1- we met with the builder's liason woman this week, she seems really nice. There are two of the green space lots left, she will let us know if anyone else expresses interest so we can put the deposit down.
Now we have to make up a wish list of things we want- style, approximate square footage, what built-ins, kitchen materials, A/C or not, how many garages, etc. So that is where we are at- we are going to look at a zillion show homes tomorrow.
(not as well prepared as we should have been, but this all hinges on those remaining lots -most home on that crescent are all built -which is good for us!)