Building My First House (Part 1)

Project by slooper posted 04-03-2009 11:16 PM 3292 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On Friday we close on our 12-acre property. Woo-hoo!

This is virgin land so we have a lot of work ahead of us just to get started building the house.

This picture is the site we have picked out for the house. It’s a bit untended so it’s difficult to see through the brush, but it’s relatively flat and located near the center of the property. In other words, it’s way more than 20 ft from the neighbor’s house!

This picture gives you an idea of what the back 6 acres looks like. What a great backyard!

Here’s a couple mock-ups of the house (created wtih 3D Home Architect Deluxe v 4.0.) These pics don’t show the car port (opposite end as entry) or the stairs on the front porch (can’t seem to figure out how to do that with this software.)

More details to come.

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posted 09-09-2009 08:49 PM

Great job so far, this will be a big job, I hope you are prepared for that :)

A couple of things that came to my mind:
I am not a big TV-watching fan, but it’s still something to keep in mind when designing a living room. It looks like the way you have it setup right now, there is not really a spot for a TV. You would want it more or less across from a couch, and at about 36”.

Another thing I wonder about… with such a great backyard, wouldn’t you want to make that backyard more visible and accessible from the living room? I don’t know which side of the house faces North/South etc., but if you can have the living room face West, and add large windows and a door or sliding door, I think that would sweeten up your design…

Just some things to think about…

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posted 09-09-2009 10:17 PM

Congratulations, now the fun can begin.

Will you be owner-builder?

We used 3D Home Architect too. It helped my wife see what we were getting into.

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posted 09-10-2009 12:31 AM


We have the living room on the south side to face the garden and the sunset, but a good thought nonetheless.

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posted 09-10-2009 12:37 AM


Yes, I’m the owner-builder, and really looking forward to it!

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posted 09-16-2009 12:12 AM

Congrats, how many bedrooms and bathrooms do you have?


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posted 09-28-2009 03:50 PM

I live in Maine and my house is a hip roof although the house is quite long but my garage is square, garrison style with a hip roof. After realizing that I couldn’t get around much in the attice I added a little hight to the roof of the garage. By doing that I was able to utilize the space for storage up there as this type of roof is very strong and needs no bracing to interfere with getting around up there. You might consider that. The roof also stays cleaner as it has a steeper runnoff for rain. And if you live in the north with appreciable snow, then any steeper pitch can only help. Watch out for those multiple compound angles for the hips. They can be a lot of fun!

-- Tryin'

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posted 10-08-2009 01:48 AM

Looks like a great loction and plan

-- a-1contractor.com

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