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Archive for December, 2009

Hi and welcome to our new home.  OK, so it’s not built yet.  But that is what we will be doing over the next two years with the hope to move in by Christmas 2011.  Yep–we plan ahead.  At least I hope we have.  I hope this will be enough time to (1) find an architect to work with, (2) design the dream home that we both want and (3) build said home staying on-time and on-budget.  Knowing me, that last one will be something of a challenge.  My husband says I can pick out the most expensive item in a group without even trying. 

Oh, and we want to do all this without killing each other.  Think that last part might be a bit difficult?  We’ve never built a home together.  My parents built a number of houses during my lifetime and my brother and his wife built one.  Both couples, I am happy to say, are still married to each other.  I’m guessing (hoping?) the odds are in our favor. 

So, what have we done so far?  We bought the property in Grand Lake, CO.  We are now looking at house designs getting a feel for what we like.  Pluses and minuses to both 1-story and 2-story homes.  Right now we are looking at 1-story house designs.  I’ve got 3 books on order from Amazon.com on 1-story designs.  And there is a lot of stuff on the internet.  Who knew there were so many to choose from?  We’ll need to find an architect licensed in Colorado.  That’s the next milestone–finding one we can work with.

Did I mention I’m a project manager?  IT projects, but I do know something about managing projects.  We renovated the kitchen and dining room in our current home so I figure that makes me infinitely qualified to manage this project, LOL!  We’ll see what happens.

Keep checking back to see how we are doing.  There will be many more posts and I welcome any and all advice.  Please keep it clean.

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