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azmike
As Kathleen and I enter into our second year of house construction I was just wondering how many of you guys have pursued this adventure? How long did it take? Was there any homicides or special medications involved?
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BSAGuy
My wife and I can't even wallpaper a bathroom together.  Fuggadabout building a house!
- Courtenay
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Tgarner01
My father always tells everyone if your marriage can withstand building a house together.. it's meant to withstand the test of time.... Their house is still unfinished 25 years later... But his off grid cabin is ready for when my mother kicks him out ðŸ˜‚😁
Toby Garner
ICCC #1939
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outlawmws
Not quite a complete house but similar stresses.  We added 900 SF to our existing house,  and built out and up.  WHILE we still were lining in the original 1150 sq ft with 3 kids, one an infant (and the reason we needed to add - from a 3 BR to a 5 BR house)

We contracted the rough construction, shell, and sheet rock, and it was supposed to be a 3 month job.  near 8 months later we finally got that SOB off the property and I did the finish work. 

I also did all the electric work (in 1 weekend with some friends helping  Signed off the following Monday by the inspector... - He insisted on allowing a week for the work.  Stupid jerk... ).  That included pulling 2 lines of CAT 6, and 2 of Coax for Cable TV; as at the time no one really knew if internet would be cable or phone long term.  Oh yeah,  there are foot lights on motion switches for the stairwell, All with custom constructed 12V Halogens (since converted to LED) , so the kids always have lit stairs for midnight runs to the bathroom.  The inspector never even looked at that wiring as it was 12V... - Not AC, so he did not care.

I also built a step-in pantry for the kitchen, removed an 8 ft slider, and replaced with a 3 ft steel paneled door in the kitchen, cut in and added a 6 ft slider (all wood) to the MRB (because we lost the window to a common wall), and added a big walk in closet,, adding the wall to wall std closet to the MB room proper, 

We survived OK.  The real stress was the contractor.  Slow, inefficient,  stupid, and prone to making changes, or just shoddy workmanship.  i.e. - Stairs took 3 tries to get right,  He randomly re positioned two upstairs windows from the plans and had to redo that, doors and windows slightly out of square...   25 years later we still find things he screwed up...

I should have known how it would go as we no sooner finished signing the contract, and he tried to tell me he needed a couple of weeks to "redo all the drawings for the final design..."

I told him no,  he had the final design in his hands,  approved by the City and blessed by a civil engineer...  

"But you don't want THAT!  Don't you want me and my expertise to clean this up and make it better?"  

I looked him straight in the eyes and flat out told him to build exactly to the drawings.  NO deviations from what I had designed, I'd spent two years getting it to exactly what I wanted...  

He STILL tried to deviate, and this was a constant fight to get him to follow the damn plans...  Plans the city told me were the most complete and detailed they had ever seen...   Plans that included a special and unusual structural feature in the corner where the stairs went up to allow two windows on the mid way landing for light.  I had to work with the civil engineers to get that one to work as they said that corner would NOT pass for earthquake (no lateral support for 4 feet in on direction and 8 ft in the other...  I gave them my ideas for how to make it work and they were shocked and thrilled when it did.  (there are four 18 ft vertical post/beams in that corner, to give it rigidity over two stories, when conventional wisdom says you have to go up in 8 ft floors.)

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Coleman Blue's 243's #341 - 275 Appreciation Syndicate member 0242
FAS #001 Confusing Future Generations of Collectors, One Lantern at a Time!

“A Human Being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, give orders, take orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook  a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.  Specialization is for insects.”            - Lazarus Long


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BSAGuy
You gotta love contractors who think they know better than clients, architects, and engineers. That’s some nerve to deviate from your plans.

Shut up and build. 
- Courtenay
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outlawmws
And completely illogical -

For one window he tried to tell me it was in the corner as that was a likely place for a desk "and don't you want good light there?"   -Really?  how many BR windows have you ever seen not relatively centered on a wall?

For the other it was WAY too tall and was like 24" off the floor on the second floor...  - "This will be easier for fire escape!" (to a two story drop)   Dude, my children will be sleeping in the room, and bedroom windows on second stories have a minimum sill height in the code for a reason!

It never ended...
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Coleman Blue's 243's #341 - 275 Appreciation Syndicate member 0242
FAS #001 Confusing Future Generations of Collectors, One Lantern at a Time!

“A Human Being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, give orders, take orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook  a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.  Specialization is for insects.”            - Lazarus Long


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holliswood
If you’re getting older in age, go with brick and/or vinyl siding as much as possible. Painting a two story house, if you’re the independent type, gets harder to do each time. 
-Fred

ICCC Member #1871
MilSpec-Ops #1278
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #41
Perfection Heater Collectors #2 
CANADIAN BLUES SYNDICATE #57
Coleman Slant Saver #65

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Moses_Yoder
About 1980 my dad borrowed $2500 to build a 32 x 24 addition to the garage we lived in with a 16' x 16' kitchen extending towards the front. We built that whole thing ourselves, with some help from the church. I think it was 5 years before we moved in. We mixed the cement for the basement floor by hand. 5 years of my dad yelling at us 4 boys, telling us we hammered like girls, sitting at the dinner table at night telling mom how we were absolutely worthless, etc. No I am not going to build my own house. 
Moses D Yoder/Mose/Mo
ICCC #1278
Sears Syndicate # 651 / 275 Appreciation Syndicate #159 / Slant Saver #22
Psalm 97:11 Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.

 
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