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dreamdoctor

Sounds like an interesting morning ritual.

Comparables are often an issue - it is one thing if you are doing higher end architectural and even more of an issue if you are doing alternative construction - the very conservative mortgage industry is stacked against innovation and that is why all the vanilla boxes. Mediocrity is the industry standard. Sometimes it is necessary to get creative so instead of saying we are using grin bins and structure foam to build we are using (field-formed) SIPs - which are more acceptable/common.

Many features a client may want don't count for much as part of an appraisal such as a carport (depends what part of the country) or a non-conditioned sun room.

   
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elissajung2

Yipes! I did everything wrong! No architect, no surveyor, no general contractor, not even a qualified group of contractors. But I did it, a 4 bed, 3 1/2 bath, 2 car garage w/full basement in 1967, under quoted price, on a very tight budget. Since I couldn't find a plan I liked I did my own. each room was laid out with furniture/windows/closets and walking space, cut out and shuffled around to form a house. Went to lumber yard and discovered 12ft beam was cheaper than 15ft beam therefore the house had to be no deeper than 24 ft. With much shifting of paper rooms, adding bathrooms hall and stairs came up with a plan.Length no longer than 60ft. Selected town, bought town's ordinance book of rule and regulations and learned I needed a piece of property one/third acre with 100 ft frontage. Found property in a finished subdivision. It was the last lot with a hugh problem, the front was flat with nice vegetation but the the land dropped like a mountain side in the rear. Bargained with the builder and got it for $ 1000 less. Since this building business was not my chosen career I was free to wonder 'what if'. What if I placed front of house on the flat part and put basement on sloping rear I would have a three story colonial with full size windows and door in the rear. Wow! I altered the plans for the new basement on grade. Now where to actually place the foundation I would need a surveyor. Or would I? my husband is 6ft 2in, with his arm stretched up to the tippy top of his longest finger is 8 ft. I laid down in the street, put my chin on the curb and had hubby march back and down the hill with his arm upright. When I no longer saw his finger I yelled stop mark, that tree in red.! That is where this house will sit! So in my crazy way 6 months later my house was built. I made one mistake, I swung the door to the cellar on hinged right when it should have been hinged left. It definitely was an experience. I gave birth to 3 boys and 1 house.

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dreamdoctor

No pictures?

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