Grand Designs is a guilty pleasure of mine. Talking of the warehouse they showed one in an old water works. That was very nice. I would love to do that as well. I do love some American architecture when they have done that. Thats my biggest problem, I have conflicting tastes!
Is that a bad thing? They might do a better job!
If I had that much money to buy all the parts and get the house built and paid for the land etc then I would just use that money and buy a yot / boat and live somewhere warm ( minus hurricans / tornadoes ) and live on the boat and I could then go sea fishing when I wanted
That is another idea I have had Far too many ideas, not enough time & money
But remember, fishing is more about sitting around doing nothing than the catching.... Well to some people.
I looked into building my own house seriously about a year or so ago, but after some extensive research, I concluded that down here in the SE at least it's just not economical, as the initial price of the land, the planning permission and archetects offset any saving you might make on the actual build. True you end up with a house which you designed yourself to your specification, but at the moment at least in the SE corner of britain, you don't really save any money by going down this road.
I'm actually in the process of buying my first house at the moment, only a little 2 up 2 down victorian end of terrace, although it does have a garage and driveway which is a bonus. It's a doer-upper which suits me fine. Mortgage was easy to get but you do need minimum of 10% deposit at the moment. Apparently mortgages for self builds are even harder to get at the moment, needing a much higher deposit to secure them.
My neighbours son built his own house (well hired a company to build it but he designed it). 3 floors, a cellar, 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a huge kitchen, 3 reception rooms, a games room. £225'000 was the total cost.
Absolute tripe on the market at the moment, nulabour are protecting a lot of forced sellers, i don't just mean people who overpayed or took out liar loans but overleveraged BTL'ers. It's pretty diabolical the lengths they'll got to to bail out debtors. Moral hazard anyone ?
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