Would you ever consider building your own house?

@UK_Shree (3604)
December 27, 2008 4:19pm CST
I know that a lot of people consider doing this. Building your own house from scratch means that everything could be exactly the way that you want it to be. I do wonder if it would be too big a task though and whether it is worth it in the long term. Would you instead be happy settling for a house that you buy and then change on the inside after purchase?
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@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
28 Dec 08
This is a very good question and something to definitely take some serious and dedicated time to ponder for those considering owning their own home. I think both have their own pros and cons. Building you own home is very costly, especially right now. Although everything can be to your likeing when you make your design. Choosing a good architect is the key. Reputable builders ought to give you what you want unless you are skilled enough to build it all yourself. That would be so satisfying. I would love to build my very own house. What a joy that would bring. Owning a home and then changing it can be tricky. depending on the age of the home, once you start tearing into the floors and walls, you can happen upon some unexpected surprises that wind up costing way over budget. I love to remodel but I have seen the problems one can run into. It is all fixable but sometimes, especially if one is on a budget, surprises can really dig in to over and above the estimated cost. I would much rather build my own home. Brand new and exactly what I desire. I'd love to be able to take on a project like this!
@UK_Shree (3604)
29 Dec 08
Thanks for the response. I agree with the fact that getting a good architect and a reliable builder is key to having a sucessful building project. I think if these two things are there, and you can trust the people you are working with, it would be great. I too, would be scared of making too many changes to a pre-built house as you are right - who knows what problems you may uncover, or worse - cause! Building your own place would be amazing, but is definitely worth massive consideration before jumping in!
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
30 Dec 08
I agree and building your own place would be so rewarding and stimulating. I'd love to be able to do it myself.
@UK_Shree (3604)
30 Dec 08
Yeah it would be something you could be so proud of, imagine what a great story it makes to tell other people!
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
27 Dec 08
We did consider building our own home and did it back in the mid 70's. We lived in a mobile home on our property and built our home behind us. We built on it for 2 1/2 years, paying for it as we went. Then we got a small loan to brick it and finish some of the other things. We had our house paid for in 7 years. We are glad we did it that way and didn't have a big mortgage payment for 30 years! We did most of the work ourselves after my husband helped the crew black it in. We even put our own windows in, did our sheetrock and floors. We even went to the factory and picked out our own carpet and brought it home and hired a guy to lay it for us. We were out to save every penny we could! My husband did all the electricity and plumbing, which was legal where we live. My Dad and brother built all our cabinets in their cabinet shop they had at the time, and we helped do some of the sanding on them. The only thing we didn't have anything to do with was our tile, roofing, and the brick. It was exciting to build our own. My husband worked, came home, and we'd come up into the house and work after we ate. Our children were small, but they did some work, too, like driving nails in the flooring. Our son was big enough to help Daddy hold sheetrock while Daddy nailed it in place, too. So we all did our little bit in building our home.
@UK_Shree (3604)
27 Dec 08
Oh wow, what a story. It's great that overall, you enjoyed the process of building the house. I love the way that it sounds like you were all involved in one way or another, and I bet that financially, it was a huge benefit to build your own place
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
28 Dec 08
It was much better financially to build our own house. We had saved enough money to get it completely undercover, including the basement. Then we just bought and worked as we went. And it was fun. Of course, we were much younger then. Don't know if we could do it again. We've been in our home for 32 years this past Halloween, and we had built on it for over 2 1/2 years. My son was in Kindergarten when we started, and my daughter was in Kindergarten when we moved in. She told her teacher that we had moved into our house and the teacher said,'I thought you had built one when your brother was in Kindergarten'. Well, we did start one.
@UK_Shree (3604)
29 Dec 08
What a lovely story. You must be really proud!
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
2 Jan 09
Hello Uk_Shree. It is now very expensive to buy a land of our own to build a house of our own from scratch because most of the land in the city and even the land around the city is very expensive to get. But we bought two apartments, one for my parents and one for my own family. When we bought them, we fixed them to the design we wished and expected. We are happy with the way we have fixed them. Happy New Year to you, friend.
@UK_Shree (3604)
3 Jan 09
Thanks for the response. It's nice to be able to design at least in part our own homes. Happy New Year to you too
@ronnyb (6120)
• Jamaica
28 Dec 08
Well here on the island that is the most likely option for a lot of people because it is the most economical.Housing prices have shot through the rooof and the average man cannot afford it however if he builds a little by a little then it is less burdensome economically.
@UK_Shree (3604)
29 Dec 08
Thanks for the response - I suppose it also depends on which part of the world you are from
@suzzy3 (8357)
28 Dec 08
I would love to build my own house. Have everthing where I wanted it.A great big lounge room,a seperate dining room.Massive kitchen with as island in the middle.Separate utility room with a laundry,ensuite bedrooms and a downstairs clockroom.As it is we live in a little semi cottage style house but I can dream.You would have to have somewhere to live while it was being built.It would be worth the wait to have a house different to everybody elses with your personality stamped on it.On the tv you see people doing self builds and they have great big windows and everything just right for them,normally by the coast and they can look out to sea,how relaxing is that,dreaming again.
@UK_Shree (3604)
29 Dec 08
Yes exactly! It would be a dream come true. I'd love to have a kitchen/diner with an island in the middle too - but you need loads of space for that...
• Canada
2 Jan 09
Well, I don't really know but if I were to build my own house, well let's just say I'll need a lot of money, a lot of wood and a lot of other stuff, bathroom furniture, living room furniture, television (don't know what I would do without it,) kitchen furniture, beds, tables, lots of chairs, stools, sofas, basement furniture (in case I have people staying over as guests, or something like that.) I would say that's about it... I think I'm forgetting some stuff... Oh yes, dishes, bowls, spoons, forks, knives, and I think that's about it but I still feel like I'm leaving something out, but oh well, aha!
@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
2 Jan 09
In my home country land that can be built on is expensive and there is a lack of it for sale. When there is any available a building company will buy it. My cousin in Australia knows many people that have bought land and then built a house. I would love to buy a piece of land in the tropics and to build own house. The walls would be local wood and the roof would be palm tree thatching. It would be a cross between a beach house in Mexico and a fale in Samoa. I would be happy to buy a beach house in a warm country and then enlarge it myself. Then I would have a base to stay in whilst building.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
27 Dec 08
They have so many choices on sinks....flooring etc that I think it would be hard to choose what you wanted. Of course you usually keep everything as neutral as possible but I think it would be a very very big task to pick everything out. I have never tried though....and wouldn't mind the chance to do it!