put aside any hope of building our dream home and focused our efforts on finding an existing acreage home that would suit our needs. We looked at a lot of options online, visited a few of them, and even made an offer on one great place that got rejected. Finally, just two days before Christmas and nearly four years after we bought our empty lot near town, our offer was accepted on a nice, 10-acre home out in the country.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Monday, December 1, 2014
building our dream home, and focused our efforts on finding an existing acreage home that would suit our needs. We looked at a lot of options online, visited a few of them, and even made an offer on one great place that got rejected. Along the way, I got pretty good at searching for properties, so I wanted to share some tips I learned.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
After working with three different custom home builders this spring and coming up empty, we decided to give it one last shot with Brester Construction. They were great to work with, but really not much cheaper than the other builders that had already fallen through for us.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
This isn't where we expected to be this month. In early July, we thought we had three great builders and a great floor plan. It's now mid-August, and we've got just one builder with a price tag so high that we can't possibly build the plan as it's drawn up. So now we're back to where we were this Spring, trying to simplify our plan and find a builder that fits both our budget and our desire for quality.
Monday, August 4, 2014
interviewed their references, which yielded no distinction among them (all were excellent), so we decided to let our bank account choose the winner. We gave each of them a copy of our drafted house plans and sent them off to get apples-to-apples bids on what it would cost for them to build our house. The bids are finally in, and they're not what we'd hoped.
Monday, July 21, 2014
One of the first steps we needed to perform was to have a percolation test done on our acreage to see whether we could install an underground septic system or had to use an above-ground lagoon. Mike Rezac took the initiative to contact Lloyd Jakoubek at Raymond Contracting to get that test done. It takes a couple weeks, so it's good to have that out of the way. The results just came in, and we failed the test, meaning we have to go with either an engineered type system or a lagoon.
Monday, July 7, 2014
In the three weeks since I last wrote, our three potential custom home builders have been compiling detailed bids on the plans we had drawn up. While we wait for them to do their thing, we've been contacting the references that each of them gave us. Overall, the results are pretty close for the three. Here's what we've learned.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014
last time that we're once again trying to build a new home. Since we've already got a pretty good idea what floor plan we'll be using, our next step is to choose a local custom home builder after the guy we'd been planning to use retired on us. We compiled a short list of three builders who were recommended by friends or whose work we'd seen & liked on the Parade of Homes. We interviewed all three of them this week, and while we haven't selected one yet, I wanted to share our initial thoughts about each one. If you're looking to build a home near Lincoln, Nebraska, hopefully this info will help you.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
I last wrote about our plans to build a new house on our 3-acre lot just outside town. A lot of things changed during that time, and we think we're going to be able to see it through to completion this time.