Sunday, September 10, 2006

Making choices (house book excerpt)

There are all kinds of ways to save money, but you have to make choices... Location is one of your first choices. We could have bought a cheaper property, but this one was so perfect--for us. Your choice may be based on a good or more prestigious neighborhood, closeness to good schools, stores, etc., a quick and easy commute to work, noise from nearby roads, a tranquil spot in the country with room for a horse or llama or two. Check out the neighborhood at different times of the week and the day. On a smaller property, you'll have to consider setbacks and easements. Think about views and the nearness of neighbors.

A way to save money on house plans, as mentioned earlier, is to buy stock plans. Find out how many you need. One expert says you may need eight to ten sets. Blueprints or vellum? Talk to your builder about that as soon as possible. What you need depends on where you build. Your house plan will depend on the size and placement of your lot. And watch out for holding ponds. In a development not far from us is a home next to a holding pond--not uncommon now, but the driveway is way too close to it. Erosion has already started, and the driveway may be undermined.

From Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching the Pocketbook.  Available from    Amazon.com: Building a Cool House for Hot Times Without Scorching the Pocketbook: Books: Joy V. Smith   ,    Barnes & Noble.com - Books: Building a Cool House for Hot Times Without Scorching the Pocketbook, by Joy V. Smith, Paperback  , ...

 

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