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Posted by Erik on 3/3/2019 6:19:01 PM

Hello All! 

Well to say that I should have been better at this is an understatement. We are at the insulation step of the process and are going into drywall this week.  I haven’t had time to catch up on this because I have done a lot of the work myself.  I am a licensed Plumbing  and Heating  contractor and have been in the trades for almost 20 years. I have done all of the plumbing,Hvac,radiant heating, and tons of other things along the way including setting exterior doors framing the custom Fireplace(2 stories tall) and the list goes on.  I have came acrossed many challenges and many many Rewards.   We. Started in 2017 when we purchased the 3 acre lot.   We purchased it in April of 2017 while we still owned our other house.  We used a heloc from our current house to buy the lot with a down payment of our savings.  We then listed our house and sold it about 6 months later and used the profit from it to pay off the lot.  Now we owned the lot free and clear.  We had the luxury of moving in with family so we could save money while building our Dream Home.  This made a huge differance and we would have been able to build the house but not near what we wanted without this.  We then began designing the house from scratch we found tons of floor plans and gelled the good things together to put together what worked for us.  We met with our architect and he put it all on paper for us.  This process took way longer than we wanted but in the end it was worth it.  We were able to work our all the kinks in the plan and had very few changes as we framed.   Once we has plans I began the building process.  All of this takes more time than you would expect picking the right people is important and remember you always always get what you pay for. I contacted 4 different companies for soils testing.  This is a very important step in Colorado there are lots of different soil types here from expansive to bedrock.  Luckily we had no expansive soils and were able to do standard spread footers and no overdig.  I will explain this more in a separate post.  We then sent the drawing and soils report to the Structal Engineer.  I will explain this more as well in another post I picked an engineer based on a recommendation and he was more of a multi family home engineer and overdid the house a bit but we have an extremely solid home.  I then submitted everything for the construction loan and was rejected at first we had the lot but they wanted more if I was going to be my own General.  We ended up purchasing the water tap and a few other things with our savings to give the bank enough collateral to make it less of a risk for them.   We got the construction loan and submitted for permit which was going to take about a month.  This is where it gets a little interesting.   I had an excavator picked and a week before I submitted for permit he had a window to dig out basement so I took it.  This is not recommended because you could run into a little trouble if the county would get a report that your doing work without a permit.  I took the risk because they didn’t have another opening for two months.  It all worked out and has kept us on schedule.  The foundation and walls and plumbing were all done when I got the permit.   Concrete work was a large hurdle.  I got 3 bids for my footers and walls and wow was this an eye opener I got bids that ranged from 54k to 125 k.  This blew my mind and that was the moment I realized you need to always get bids and many of them.  The company that did the work was the lowest bid but a very reputable company and they did a great job.  Then on to framing they started on November 1st and did an amazing job I went with a small family owned company and they took a little longer but did everything how I wanted.  They also have done the siding and the deck which will be done this week.   I have had the same amount of bid desparity on almost all phases electrical was no exception I got bids ranging from 22k to 34k.  Once the framing was done I began all my work which was a lot of nights and weekends because I did all the roughs while working my full time job.  Once all that was done I got the electricians in there.  They took quite a bit longer than I wanted but all in all they did a great job.  The inspector called me after rough inspection of  all the roughins and told me it was the nicest rough he had ever seen on a house that size. This made me feel pretty good that he went out of his way to tell me this so I made sure to pass it on to everyone that was involved.  Which brings us to where we are now Insulation.  Can’t wait to get this done and start Sheet rock. !  
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