Most people have stopped asking when our house will be done (probably because I either go on a tirade, burst into tears, or change the subject if possible), but a coworker recently asked me if we had to do this all over again, would we still choose to build, rather than buy? I quickly answered no.
And then I started backtracking. Yes, we’ve been working on this house forever, but ultimately I think we’re going to love it far more than we’d love any of the houses we once tried to buy (and would subsequently spend all our money fixing up).
Why would I say this? Well, we’re eventually going to get exactly what we want: a modern, ecologically conscious house with creative touches, for the price we want to pay. We’ve had a say in the development of every single thing in this house. The house was designed around our personal wants and needs, not just on what the average consumer wants. Instead of choosing from a few flooring choices, as most people get when they build a new house, we are choosing every fixture and finish that will be used.
It’s intense, and it’s not for someone who doesn’t care for mundane details, but that’s not me…but you know that if you’ve been following along with me choosing handles, toilets, plants, and the like.
The same coworker then told me that I must have the patience of a saint, as this project has taken two years, and it’ll still be months more. I’m not sure if it’s patience or stubbornness at this point. Now that we know what we can be, we aren’t going to turn back and take another route. We’ve also invested money and so much time, so we’ve got to complete this house, dammit. (Yeah, it’s stubbornness.)
So my final answer is yes, we’d do it all over again. However, I’d caution anyone out there that if you want to build a non-traditional house, you need to know that it’ll take forever, you’ll be far more involved than you ever imagined, and you’ll have to find a way to somehow keep the faith that someday it’ll all be worth it.