Questions and answers about the construction build process
· I don’t have any tools for my construction-build projects and it must be expensive to buy everything needed to do the job.
A person told me once that by the time you buy all the tools to build your own house you’ll have shelled out enough money to hire a carpenter to do the work for you. I’m so glad I didn’t believe that person.
Renting is great as long as you’re the landlord and not the tenant. I know very well that when a person is trying to get started after leaving the nest, it’s almost impossible to build instead of rent. That’s just fine. I think most of us have been there. You cut the apron strings and you’re free to do what you want. You have aspirations of what you’re going to become and visions of a great life full of abundance occupy your mind. Renting is fine at this point. There does come a time however; when renting is just throwing your money away. While it’s true that renters don’t pay property taxes, they do miss out on some good tax breaks and they aren’t accumulating any equity in valuable property. If a person rents, that person is accumulating equity for the owner of the property or helping him to line his pockets.
You know, it’s not good to judge people, we do however; have to attempt to assess everyone’s level of understanding that we talk with. That’s part of communication. When I run across a person that says something so absurd, I automatically knock about twenty-five points or more off what I suppose his I.Q. must be.
Now, we’ve established the fact that paying mortgage interest is evil, but most of us have to do it. Renting, in my opinion is worse because a renter throws all his money away, a homeowner only throws the mortgage interest away. Unfortunately, we know that the hard-earned money that is paid in mortgage interest goes mostly to those who need it the least.
Well, I thought the same thing because everything I had built up to that point did look like a dump. I was raised in the country on a farm. When something broke down, we could usually fix it with bailing twine or duct tape. My childhood was a wonderful time. I spent a lot of my younger years building tree houses and forts out of what wood and nails we could scrounge. All my work looked bad, even for a child my projects came out looking shoddy at best. I won the ugly car contest at a scouting pine wood derby when I was young. I even tried my best to make a good car. It didn’t even go down the track because the wheels were so crooked. That’s tough on an eight year old. I know I’ve got some deep emotional scars somewhere from that night.
But the work was always my own. I have always been independent. My work is my character signature. It represents who I am. It tells my story. The design of my house describes my personality. I always say, “Function over form”, which is a fancy way of saying, “My projects might look bad, but they work just fine.” Check out the photo.
My first construction project was this rustic log cabin where my brother and I cut down the trees for logs and drug them to the site with a pickup. We notched them with a chainsaw and an ax, then nailed them together with ring-shank spikes. Total cost was about $1100. It was a fun place for a couple of Mountain Men. Not much to look at though.
Another thing is that right from the get-go; most homebuilders do their best quality work because it’s a home. It’s going to be around for a long time so it needs to be done right. Not only that, but when you’re spending so much money on construction-build projects, you want it to look the best it can. You should keep in mind that you’re trying to make something valuable, something attractive not only to friends and neighbors, but also to appraisers and future prospective buyers.
I really surprised myself (and probably everyone else,) when I was finished with the vinyl siding, how beautiful my house looked. With all the wonderful sidings and trimmings to finish a home with, your ugly duckling house will emerge a beautiful swan almost overnight.
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