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    Quote Originally Posted by cyhiphopp View Post
    My friend is building a house right now. He has mixed feelings on it. He's doing the General Contractor role and hiring all the subcontractors so that saves him some money. He's found that materials are more expensive than he thought. He's also able to do less of it than he thought he'd be able to do.

    He's owned the acreage for a while so he's been preparing for this for a long time. Most people think they can get whatever they want if they build their own house but really you just get a few more option that you can afford.

    Overall I think he will save some money and get a layout that he knows he likes. He said he wouldn't do it again if given the chance though.

    we would definitely not be acting as our own GC. Yeah, we're not thinking it would be absolutely everything we'd ever want because money, but it seems to be a good option to get some things we really want.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cyhiphopp View Post
    My mom is 5'4 and I'm the tallest in my immediate family by about 3 inches. My mom will wait an extra week for me to come over and get something down from her top shelves for her. I swear the only reason I was born was to have a tall kid to reach stuff and help everyone paint.

    I got her a stepstool for Christmas one year to lighten my workload at her house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirl836 View Post
    we would definitely not be acting as our own GC. Yeah, we're not thinking it would be absolutely everything we'd ever want because money, but it seems to be a good option to get some things we really want.
    I think the main way he's saving any money is by being the GC so be prepared to spend a decent amount if you want to build it.



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    Re: Random thoughts thread

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    Well, duh!
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    Re: Random thoughts thread

    At work, I will go back to where the students are, and just say "I need to borrow your height (or muscles) for a couple of minutes". We just about always have at least one tall guy back there. Right now, one of the kids is at least 6'6"...and he is a absolute sweetheart about helping me out whenever I need it.



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    Re: Random thoughts thread

    Quote Originally Posted by cyhiphopp View Post
    I think the main way he's saving any money is by being the GC so be prepared to spend a decent amount if you want to build it.

    yeah, we've gotten a couple quotes, so we know about where it would be at.


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    Re: Random thoughts thread

    Quote Originally Posted by ImJustKCClone View Post
    At work, I will go back to where the students are, and just say "I need to borrow your height (or muscles) for a couple of minutes". We just about always have at least one tall guy back there. Right now, one of the kids is at least 6'6"...and he is a absolute sweetheart about helping me out whenever I need it.

    maybe ask for "their highness" hardy-har-har


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    Re: Random thoughts thread

    Quote Originally Posted by ImJustKCClone View Post
    I used to just hop up on the counters to reach the cabinets. I'm getting a little too unstable & rickety to do that any more. I finally succumbed to the collapsible step-stool...which hubby frequently spirits off to the basement or the garage...grrrrrr.
    I call the step stool in our kitchen ****** ****** because that's pretty much what I say when I slam my toe into it during the night. My wife and daughter take turns placing it in various places throughout the house to speed up my demise.


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    Re: Random thoughts thread

    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirl836 View Post
    and anybody here ever built a home not made of legos? You should tell me things.
    We have not but have friends and co workers who have. Check up on the build often both when they are there and nights/weekends when they are not. Have them change things at that point. You will have struggles and fights with the builder but it will be worth it in the long run.

    One of the issues a friend had was the paint color not ending up at all of what it was supposed to. So it required picking out a new color and re-painting.

    Might be worth starting a thread for everyone to comment about the stuff in their house that they would change if they could. It is always little stuff that you dont realize or think about until you are in it. For us it is the dryer exhaust coming out right next to the a/c. This results in the a/c unit getting covered with lent.



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    Re: Random thoughts thread

    I was walking through the grocery store when I saw this lady in her 40's trying to get something off the top shelf. I stepped in and pushed the box farther back, said "there ya go, I got that back up there for ya" and pretended to walk away.

    I turned back around and retrieved the item and let her know I was just kidding. She ended up laughing, but that initial glare I received was deadly. I guess only the short people on CF have a sense of humor.


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    Re: Random thoughts thread

    Quote Originally Posted by coolerifyoudid View Post
    I was walking through the grocery store when I saw this lady in her 40's trying to get something off the top shelf. I stepped in and pushed the box farther back, said "there ya go, I got that back up there for ya" and pretended to walk away.

    I turned back around and retrieved the item and let her know I was just kidding. She ended up laughing, but that initial glare I received was deadly. I guess only the short people on CF have a sense of humor.
    HA!

    I often step up and grab top shelf stuff at the grocery store for old ladies. Never thought to mess with them.



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    Re: Random thoughts thread

    Quote Originally Posted by coolerifyoudid View Post
    I was walking through the grocery store when I saw this lady in her 40's trying to get something off the top shelf. I stepped in and pushed the box farther back, said "there ya go, I got that back up there for ya" and pretended to walk away.

    I turned back around and retrieved the item and let her know I was just kidding. She ended up laughing, but that initial glare I received was deadly. I guess only the short people on CF have a sense of humor.
    I need to remember this


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    Quote Originally Posted by wxman1 View Post
    We have not but have friends and co workers who have. Check up on the build often both when they are there and nights/weekends when they are not. Have them change things at that point. You will have struggles and fights with the builder but it will be worth it in the long run.

    One of the issues a friend had was the paint color not ending up at all of what it was supposed to. So it required picking out a new color and re-painting.

    Might be worth starting a thread for everyone to comment about the stuff in their house that they would change if they could. It is always little stuff that you dont realize or think about until you are in it. For us it is the dryer exhaust coming out right next to the a/c. This results in the a/c unit getting covered with lent.

    I've thought about starting a thread for it, but people are apparently sick of me talking about our home search, lol. The good news is that the neighborhood we are looking at has several homes built/in progress by the builder we like (7 in progress or finished, three more empty lots), include one for the project manager, and a lot bought to build on by the builder. I figured that if they weren't confident about the quality of their work, they probably wouldn't have become neighbors with the people they built for.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cmjh10 View Post
    I need to remember this

    just remember, when the short, angry lady reaches out to punch you, it will land approximately groin level.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirl836 View Post
    just remember, when the short, angry lady reaches out to punch you, it will land approximately groin level.
    Im the oldest of 4 kids and am dating a girl who is approximately 5'2". This statement goes through my brain before every decision I make.


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