Build a House or Buy?
If you had your choice, would you build a house or buy a “used” house? Did you build your current home? What about renting? Does that work for you? Do you live in a free standing house or townhome. We actually travel between two homes, a traditional single family home and a condominium in a high rise building. There are so many different kinds of homes, aren’t there?
We moved into our house not quite three years ago. My husband REALLY wanted for us to build a new home. He wanted to work with an architect to design exactly what we wanted and needed. That would have been fine if we were willing to move anywhere in central Florida, but alas, that was not the case. He wanted us to be able to build our own home in the same community we were already living in a condominium in. We are a quick 25 minutes to the airport on a not too busy greenway, we can walk to a dozen restaurants and some quaint little shops. We have miles of lovely pathways and boardwalks throughout our community. We just couldn’t find this anywhere else in the area. On top of that, the zoning in our community allows for apartments build over our garage to be rented out, in our case, as a place to have my parents living out their golden years safely ensconced in the backyard!
SO, we had looked at houses for years in our community. I can’t even tell you how many of these homes I have been in at realtor open houses. We knew the areas of our community we wanted to be in and what style of home we wanted, but we would have to settle on something someone else had already built since there were no more buildable lots left in town. I still joke that if I win the lottery I will buy a house and have it torn down so my dear hubby can plan a home from the ground up.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my house. I really do, but we have done a lot of things to the house and we have a lot more to do. Do you have a list of things you would like to change about your house? We know it will take time, maybe years to change everything we want, but that is okay. I a a firm believer that living in a space will make it easier to make all of those decisions about how you want to use your spaces and how you would like to change them.
If you haven’t been reading Celebrate & Decorate for very long, you might not know that we sold our condominium here with all the furniture. Now, that might sound like it would be great fun to buy all new furniture, but it also requires a lot of research and shopping, not to mention the expense of it.
If you had to move would you prefer to build that dream house or would you buy that house you drive by every once and awhile? You know that house that you have always loved? Do you think it is easier to plan and build from scratch or renovate? Have you built a home? Do you have renovation projects planned for your home? We still have plenty of changes coming, I hope you follow along here at Celebrate & Decorate!