We’re a couple building our own “regular”, energy efficient home; out of pocket. We just wrapped up almost a year and a half in Antarctica in hopes of drumming up the last bit of money we hope to need before we start the build. No mortgage for us!
Our dream to build our own house is multifaceted. First, the desire to design and implement a plan for our ideal home was a driving factor. Additionally, we like the idea of understanding and thoroughly knowing every square inch of our home. As two self taught live-aboard sailors, we’ve learned a few concepts that we plan to incorporate into the house: A. it’s better to build it right the first time then to try to improvement it and B. redundancy is critical when it hits the fan.
Like a lot of other people, we want a house that’s energy efficient, yet still appeals to the average American. In other words, not everyone wants to live in corncob homestead.
Please share your stories of building a house! We know you’re out there!
Also, we welcome any questions or advice. We don’t claim to be experts on this, but we’re always happy to share knowledge.