5 Things to Know When Building a House

This is our first time building a house so I am not an expert, but I wanted to share some things we have learned and are learning along the way to hopefully help your house building journey go a little more smoothly. 

We are having a contractor build our house for us so this may be a little different if you are building your house on your own (props to you!) but I hope these tips will be useful to you! 

  1. Prepare Yourself 

Building a house can be a little stressful at times and it is easy to get impatient! However, it is important to trust the process. Our home build is going fairly quickly, but the amount of time can depend on your builder, size of your home, even the season you’re building in. It is important to prepare yourself for the timeline of the build but I promise it is worth it, because in the end you have a home that is EXACTLY how you want it! 

  1. PLAN….and Then Plan Some More

If you are building a house, planning is SUCH an important part of the process! When you meet with your builder to pick the finishes on the inside, have an idea of what you want in the house. My husband and I have the same style (THANK GOODNESS) but if you and your partner don’t, it can make the process a little more challenging. So have a plan of the color you want for your cabinets, what kind of flooring you want, paint colors, tile colors, etc trust me it is so important and will help the process to be less stressful. 

What I did was put together a “mock” interior design plan on Google Slides with my Pinterest Inspo pictures to help pinpoint my interior design style! I have a separate blog about that, and I will link it here for you. This helped us so much when picking out our finishes for inside and outside of our home, it was definitely a lifesaver!

  1. Take A LOT of Pictures

Pictures are nice to have to look back on if you want to put them in an album to have for a keepsake, but they are also helpful if you have any issues with the construction of your home. 

This can also be helpful later down the road if you have any issue with any of the wiring,plumbing, etc and you have a picture of where they are located. 

We take pictures of concerns we have during the build and send them to our builder for clarification, this can be helpful because it shows them what is going on rather than trying to explain it over a phone call.  

  1. If You Really Want Something, Do it Now Rather Than Later

One of the main tips my parents gave us was to get what we want now rather than trying to add it later. For example, we wanted laminate flooring throughout the house.(Because dogs haha and future kids).  It was a little more expensive to do that, but it will save us from ripping up carpet or vinyl flooring later and having to spend more money to replace it ourselves. This way it is also under the warranty of the home!

If you can swing it within your budget it is definitely worth it to splurge a little bit on something that you really want so you don’t have to change it and probably spend more money on it in the future. Trust me in a few years you will be glad that you did it!

  1. Visit the Build Site Often

This is my most important tip of all during the construction of your home! We trust our builder to do a great job on the home, but we are all human and make mistakes. Especially since Sub-contractors do a lot of the work on the home, things can get lost in translation. If you can visit the build site daily that is best, but if not I recommend going at least 3 times a week just to check the progress and make sure everything looks correct and that there’s not a wall where it;s not supposed to be!

Some houses will go faster than others but it is important to go check when everything is being framed to ensure your layout is correct. Another important stage is the final stages when the finishes are going in just to make sure your paint colors, cabinets, countertops and other interior finishes are what you chose. 

Building a house is one of the most exciting experiences, but it can be stressful at times! Don’t sweat the small stuff and be patient, it will all come together in time. Try to enjoy the process and to keep your mind busy you can always plan how you want to decorate the inside 😉

I hope these tips were helpful to you, and if you are building a house or have built one before please share your story or your favorite part of building in the comments! Until next time……

Riley Jo XOXO

Building a House at 22

When I was younger, I never would have imagined that I would be happily married at 19, have a great job, and building a HOME! It was definitely not an easy road to get here. You can read a little about that story on my getting married at 19 in my blog post linked here. But for now I will give you a little back story of how we are able to build our house at 22 and why we decided to build instead of buy.

My husband and I moved back home to Indiana after he got out of the Marine Corps. We waited to buy a house until we came back because we wanted to be able to look at houses in person, and the uncertainty of the military… plans change A LOT! So because of this my parents offered to let us stay with them during this big transition. 

When we came back to Indiana we sat down with a realtor and started looking at houses right away. We weren’t afraid of a fixer upper since our budget was pretty small. We knew a brand new, move-in ready house wasn’t in the cards for us…. (or so we thought). After struggling to find a  house in our budget and area, we decided to live with my parents for a little while longer to save up some money because honestly  that was one of the things that we REALLY  weren’t prepared for. 

We did not have NEARLY enough money saved up to buy a house, so we had to re-evaluate. I also talk about this in my transitioning out of the military blog. It can give you some helpful tips if you’re transitioning out of the military and in the same situation. However, We decided to live with my parents a little bit longer and get our finances in order. We adopted the Dave Ramsey budget plan and really cracked down on our monthly income to put all of our extra money towards a house and build up our savings. 

After looking at what seemed like tons of houses and months of saving, none of the houses we looked at felt like “home” to us. I was praying that we would find the right house at the right time, and our prayers were answered. 

One night driving to dinner at my in-laws we saw a sign for a home builder in our area. I decided to take a gamble and message them as a last resort. We didn’t get our hopes up because we figured it would be out of our budget….but there’s no harm in asking! At this point we had a little more money saved up and were hoping for a miracle, and then this happened…..

The builder agreed to meet with us and discuss options within our budget! He believed he could do it, but it still seemed way  too good to be true! When we finally met with him, and went over what we could do within the budget we had, everything just kind of fell into place! We picked out our floor plan, and when we stepped into the model house it truly felt like “home” to us.

It was definitely a big leap of faith, but we are so glad that we did it, even though it means living with my parents longer than we hoped. We are still working hard and saving as much as we can while it is being built.  I want to keep updating on the building process and share all of the details about future decor, and eventually our new house tour!  We know now more than ever about how much it takes to buy or build a home. I hope to share this journey to home ownership with all of you! Stay tuned for updates of our home build 🙂

I know everyone’s situation is going to be different at this season of life, but if you are wanting to set big goals for yourself like buy a house no matter what age or season of life you are in it takes a lot of hard work to get there! Save as much as you can and educate yourself and improve your financial situation. We adopted the Dave Ramsey snowball method to get out of debt and save for our future. However, there are also financial advisors you can speak with and tons of resources online to help you get on track with goals you want to set 🙂 Comment down below what kind of home updates, or blogs you would like to see in the future!

Riley Jo XOXO