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Old 05-22-2013, 02:55 PM   #1
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Glight House Build Thread

Some of my favorite threads on this forum are when people document an entire project from start to finish like JonJon's renovation or Lugnut's garage build, so I figured I would do one with the house we are having built.

We are being our own general contractor (have to pull our own permits, organize the tradepeople ourselves, hire out the architect, surveyor, etc.), so it will be a bit more involved than buying from a builder.

It has already been quite the learning experience for me so far and I'm sure there is much more to come, but I figured I would get this going in case anyone was interested in following the progress and process and maybe learning from some of my mistakes.

Signed the purchase agreement for the lot on May 10th. It is .41 acre (105 x 172) in a suburb of Detroit (Bloomfield Village) but its about as different from the city of Detroit as can be.

We are working with a credit union in northern Michigan to get a construction loan. 9 month interest only for the construction portion of the loan and automatically converts into a 30 year fixed at the end with only 1 closing at the beginning. Rate is 3.75% for both construction and the conventional

Weare working with a company that does all the framing, roofing, windows, and doors and provides us with a lot of the other materials. We are responsible for everything else. Finished product with be 3,010 square feet roughly. I'll start attaching pictures and will update this pretty regularly as milestones are hit.

Other than that, if anyone has any questions, comments, suggestions, advice, etc. post away. I hope 8 months from now I'm posting pics of the housewarming party, but only time will tell.
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:57 PM   #2
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Pic of the vacant lot. We are buying it from the people next door.
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:03 PM   #3
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:04 PM   #4
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:06 PM   #5
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Thanks. We've already had a few strokes of good luck (guy I'm buying the lot from called me to say he would pay for half of the survey, which I didnt even know we needed). Saved us at least a month since I wouldn't have known until the blueprints were done.
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porter sips out of holland michigan. use them. foot thick walls and roof. icf foundation. metal roof.
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:13 PM   #7
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Love these threads, house looks great in the plans.
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I've thought about doing this. Anxious to see the amount of time and effort that goes into being your own GC. Also, how much money is saved. Thanks for sharing, and good luck!
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If not too personal what is your budgeted cost? Interesting to see if you go over/under
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Interesting stuff. Too late for that though. Already have a deposit in with the framers and basement guys
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Great looking house - exterior looks similar to mine. Plus you have a 3 car garage (I don't )

Are you having to clear the trees to do the construction or are you able to leave any of them in place?
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If not too personal what is your budgeted cost? Interesting to see if you go over/under
Not too personal. This process is an open book as far as I'm concerned.

Lot - $185
Foundation Piering - $30
Build - $330
Slush Fund - $20
Total $565.

$550 was our target and we may get it done for that, but being realistic I'm sure it will be more.

We bought our last home in mid 2010 and did a full renovation to it. Ended up profiting almost $200k which is the only reason this is remotely possible.
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Great looking house - exterior looks similar to mine. Plus you have a 3 car garage (I don't )

Are you having to clear the trees to do the construction or are you able to leave any of them in place?
Final plan is only going to be a 2.5 car. Township has some new side setback requirements that make the preliminary plans too wide by about 5 feet. Had to scale it back for the final version....
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this is awesome. I hope one day I'm able to do this. I would love to have a little say in what my next home will have.
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Not too personal. This process is an open book as far as I'm concerned.

Lot - $185
Foundation Piering - $30
Build - $330
Slush Fund - $20
Total $565.

$550 was our target and we may get it done for that, but being realistic I'm sure it will be more.

We bought our last home in mid 2010 and did a full renovation to it. Ended up profiting almost $200k which is the only reason this is remotely possible.
So awesome. Your rate seems amazing for 30yrs too. Is there a dedicated Spun corporate office in here as well?
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