building a home

Discussion in 'Love & Lifestyles' started by kuulani, May 10, 2004.

  1. kuulani

    kuulani New Member

    my husband and i are reaching a point in our lives where we're ready to build our home. fortunately, we have the land. we just don't have the home :D

    we want to design our own home, and we have an idea of what we want. what we don't know is how to accomplish this, who do we see to draw up our plans? what do we need to get a loan? etc. any suggestions?
     
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  2. paul_valaru

    paul_valaru 100% Pure Canadian Beef


    for the money, it's a mortgage, jsut like if you where buying a house, find a good architect for design, and a lawyer, to make sure there are no hidden fees (infrascruture costs)
     
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  3. HomeLAN

    HomeLAN New Member

    You're going to need, at a minumum:

    - An architect
    - A General Contractor (unless you want to be your own, and line up all the specific jobsmen).
    - A financial institution to extend a construction loan, which then segues into a standard mortgage when the building is complete
    - A lawyer - you might look up whoever closed your land purchase
    - One hell of a lot of patience. I've seen couples go at each others' throats over this shit.
     
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  4. PrincessLissa

    PrincessLissa New Member

    I don't have any clue about building a home, but I wish you lots of luck with it! I am excited for you.
     
  5. tonksy

    tonksy New Member

    YAY KU'U! i know this may be a stressful undertaking but i am so jealous...you will have a home that is completely yours (well...and the banks) but it will be of your own design...every little nuance will be an expression of your tastes....man i hate you :p
     
  6. kuulani

    kuulani New Member

    thanks guys!! we're getting excited too. we were thinking about getting one of those standard house plans, but we figure since we have to shell out the $$ anyway, must as well be for what we want :D
     
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  7. Inkara1

    Inkara1 Well-Known Member

    Why not build it yourselves?
     
  8. Sharky

    Sharky New Member

    Build Your House - Katherine Salant

    Some useful tips and a chitload of links for designing and building your house, covering every facet and phase of the project, including legalities and financing. You may have to interpret some of the information to apply it to living in Hawaii, but you are probably used to that. ;)

    Good luck, and remember, PATIENCE! :cool:
     
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  9. HomeLAN

    HomeLAN New Member

    Damn straight. If yer gonna do it, do it the way you want it.
     
  10. Uki Chick

    Uki Chick New Member

    That is so cool! That's one of my dreams. Maybe one day it will come true. I'm so jealous. Good luck with it all!
     
  11. Gato_Solo

    Gato_Solo Out-freaking-standing OTC member

    Go to this site to get some rough ideas on how much space you want, and how much space you need. There is a difference. Once you have that planned out, you can move on to the architect phase. You can also try designing your own home through software first. Although I don't have any memorized, I'm fairly certain that there are 3 or more products out there that even work on a Mac. ;) Just be sure to research first. Know what you need, what you want, and how much you're willing to spend. You'd be surprised at how much that jaccuzi costs before the walls are finished and how much more it is after you want to 'retrofit'.
     
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  12. kuulani

    kuulani New Member

    what?!? you mean walls are more important than a jacuzzi? :alienhuh:

    i'd be happy with a tub i can at least lie down comfortably in and soak for awhile *dreaming*

    as i was browsing house plans yesterday, this one caught my eye :D
     
  13. kuulani

    kuulani New Member

  14. Gato_Solo

    Gato_Solo Out-freaking-standing OTC member

    I prefer Spanish/Mediterranian...

    And it's easier to get the jacuzzi into an unfinished room than a finished room. ;) No doors to bang into, or walls to remove. They haven't been installed yet. :grinyes:
     
  15. Sharky

    Sharky New Member

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  16. kuulani

    kuulani New Member

    ooooooohhh! much thanks!!
    *wants to give you karma, but must go and spread some around first*
     
  17. Gato_Solo

    Gato_Solo Out-freaking-standing OTC member

    One more thing...a house is merely a shell. A home is what you place inside the shell... ;)
     
  18. kuulani

    kuulani New Member

    a shell with a jacuzzi and pool would be nice :D
    (then you can come over with your towel) :brow:
     
  19. greenfreak

    greenfreak New Member

    Whoa, that's pretty damn cool, building your own house! I like the first link a lot more than the second. The first one is more roomy, it looks more like a party house. I don't know about you but I always liked a lot of windows, and a big porch.

    Rusty and I love Queen Anne Victorians. The very first page, I found this: QA Victorian

    Now tell me, that circular room on the right with all the windows, is that NOT the perfect place for my forest of plants, or what?!
     
  20. kuulani

    kuulani New Member

    ooh, you're right, i love that house with its circular room!!

    ... but as long as my house has a wraparound porch, or something as close to that as possible, i'll be happy :D
     

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