If you’re building your first coastal home, we realize your project is a BIG undertaking with a lot to consider. The building process can become stressful and confusing at times, but remember to stop and take a breather – you’re not climbing Mt. Everest here. Ask your builder questions when you are concerned or curious, and in addition to answers you’ll end up with a better picture of your builder’s timeline and goals. As you get closer to opening the doors to your new home, celebrate the building milestones along the way. Things may not always go as planned, but the more you celebrate progress and prepare yourself for setbacks, the better you will feel about the project as a whole.
To help you get prepared, we recommend reading a couple of great books that outline and organize the building process for you. We’ve read plenty of these types of books, and we always come back to the same two – Building Your New Home and Building Your Home – An Insider’s Guide. You can find and purchase both of these books at the National Association of Home Builder’s publishing site at builderbooks.com. In addition to helping you get organized, these books will give you a better understanding of the building process and will teach you how to work better with your builder. Prepare yourself, and you never know, once you’re house is complete you may feel the same sense of accomplishment and success as someone who has just scaled the tallest mountain in the world.