new house build for real

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  1. carterbeauford

    carterbeauford GMFS founding member

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    Deserves it's own thread because the last one was 2 years worth of ideas that never actually translated to a house. Not looking for sympathy but here's the road that led to my new house.

    Gone from home for work for the last 9 years
    Had a little boy in April 2015
    Living in 700SF converted barn and having health issues due to mold
    Bought land in PA to build my family a new house
    Wife moved out in September 2016 and took our son while I was on the road for work
    Walked away from home of 14 years a year ago today and moved in with mom at age 35
    Wife says she'll reconsider but will never live in PA again, only OH
    Seriously contemplating suicide
    Took my dream job, $37.50/HR in 3 years and home for the first time in 9 years in May 2017
    I list my land in PA with a realtor and get an offer for $6K more than I paid for it
    Wife files for divorce on my birthday
    2 sinus surgeries and 20 trips to the ENT still having ear and sinus problems from the barn
    Wife agrees to withdraw divorce proceedings
    Closing delayed on the sale of my land in PA
    Sat down with builder and architect and things almost fell through
    I didn't even have a loan when I signed and only $5K to my name
    Wife almost dies of pneumonia
    I sell everything I own and borrow money from dad to make this happen

    It's been a fucking rough year

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    carterbeauford GMFS founding member

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    specs

    3BR 2BA, 1450SF, 720SF garage, 24x30 with a recess the width of my toolbox in the back making it 26'8 on one side. 2x6 walls, vaulted ceiling in great room and 9FT ceilings in all other rooms. custom shaker oak cabinets and bathrooms and matching interior doors, fkn sweet granite counters, tile showers, all oak flooring except for carpet in the master. gas logs and stone fireplace with oak mantle that came from a tree on the farm. 200A service with 240V 30A for garage shop, recessed lighting everywhere, purposely few lighting fixtures. this plan was meticulously designed down to the last 8" block width to stay within budget and still meet deed restrictions for the neighborhood. all the windows are in the back because I'd rather look at woods than the house across the street. only thing I didn't get were my Andersen 400 series oak windows but that was $8000 over budget. came in at $126/SF.
     
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    What a wild ride your last couple years has been

    Hopefully the road ahead will be smooth, brother

    House looks like it's gonna be awesome though
     
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    Go with a nice direct vent fireplace :imo


    Sounds like it can only get better from here.

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    carterbeauford GMFS founding member

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    I designed it myself, wife hates the garage and one window in the front but she wasn't around when I designed it. I don't like a ranch with a wide front porch and don't want to look at the house across the street. I really wanted an Andersen arch top double hung window in the front bedroom until I priced it. the more privacy the better.

    there's a 3x5 bumpout on the back of the house for the fireplace enclosure, does direct vent use a chimney?
     
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    oh and I picked out a $3900 slab for the kitchen, planned on a stainless farmhouse sink but don't know if I want to cut the slab and am leaning more towards undermount.
     
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    Direct vent can vent straight out the wall

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    Sounds rough man, hang in there, at least your doing better now.
     
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    sounds like a perfect time to build a home
     
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    roof is on!
     
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