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Custom Building is a Nightmare

Build a custom homeBuilding is a nightmare. At least that’s what I hear. Whenever someone learns we are building a custom home, the response is pretty predictable. Generally it’s something like:

  • I hope you don’t get divorced!
  • I’ve heard that’s more stressful than a death in the family.
  • You’re supposed to be done in June? You mean September, right?

Building is infamous for it’s frustration, aggravation, mistakes, cost overruns, and lack of timeliness. So why have we done it so many times?

The end result outweighs the difficulties.

In the planning process, we decided to hire a general contractor. It was the best decision we made on the house, to date. Building a custom home includes so many moving parts, so many people, so many details. Having a trusted builder who is competent, helpful, accommodating, and easy to work with has been a real sanity saver.

When you decide to build your custom home, finding someone like Brad could make a “nightmare” situation bearable — and maybe even fun.

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Samuel Smith March 22, 2010, 5:12 pm

    I hope your builder doesn’t have a heart attack from reading the title so he can enjoy reading the rest of the post.

  • Alison Moore Smith March 22, 2010, 5:30 pm

    Let’s hope!

  • Anne Moss March 24, 2010, 2:21 am

    My parents went through that when I was a kid, or rather I should say we all did, as a family. I still remember a lot of the stages, and yes, it was very stressful for my parents at times.
    .-= Anne Moss hopes you’ll read Don’t Sound the Alarm =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith March 24, 2010, 2:56 am

    It’s true, the whole family goes through it together, good or bad.

    This is our third build — second entire custom build. Hopefully we’re managing the process for our kids. They are excited. The biggest problem I see is the displacement and lack of consistency in our living arrangements. That can be a huge stress, but I do think they kids are handling it well.

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