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Quick Tips on Building Your House From Scratch


Owning a house is every persons dream. This is one of the reasons why people wake up each day and work their tails off the rest of it.

“Building your own house is a primal urge, one of those universal genetic drives like the need to provide for your family.” -Kevin McCloud.

Today, millions of families have decided that it is better to build their houses from scratch.

Building the house of your dream has the potential to be easier than ever, particularly with so many developers offering a predefined set of floor plans and options. Building your own home gives you the flexibility to have things just the way you would like.

Key Takeaways:

  • Plan ahead and execute thoroughly to avoid wasting your time, labor and skill.
  • Building a house from scratch can be dependent on your own skill level. Then it can be exhausting or satisfying or a little bit of both.
  • Research ahead. Learn from the experience of others.

You must honestly assess your skill level if you are to be successful.  Some things can be learned on the fly while others cannot.

It’s also been a great cure for perfectionism. It’s impossible to hit every nail squarely, and it’s okay. It’s impossible to get every decision right, let alone control the decisions of inspectors and electricians and vendors, and it’s okay.

It’s definitely not for everyone. There are a TON of aspects to building a house that are really not much fun at all, and that range from the simple pain of installing itchy insulation in the sticky summer heat to the equally painful task of navigating senseless bureaucracies.

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