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Have you ever renovated or built a new home?

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Some people buy a block of land and build a home to their own design.

Others buy a home and do renovations on it to make it to their own design and liking.

Have you ever built a home, or renovated one?

Was this fun, or a real chore?

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I have renovated several homes (together with a partner), and have also built 3 new homes.
New homes are more enjoyable as you don't have to try and live in them with building going on around you.

I find them both quite exciting though the last few times I have had a decorator as just could not decide on colours etc, and they are so fast and brilliant at it.

Renovations are usually a headache as unexpected things happen too often!
by Finy
No, I've only just bought my first house. I suppose we might build a house of our own one day. I'd kind of like to build a cob house and do everything ourselves but at this stage I can't see it ever really happening.
Renovation was the choice we made, and at the time it seemed like a living hell. Unfortuntely we had a challenging time due a less than forth coming builder. That was over ten years ago now and the pain has faded into nothing as we enjoy what is my favourite part of our home. It made such a difference to how we share the space as a family. There is no regrets only incredible learnings about how to approach should we ever decide to renovate again.
Far too much of an undertaking, and too many risks. I'd never do that.
Yes I have done both. Neither of them are fun
No...but I have helped someone who built a new home and I can tell you - TONS of work! Not sure if I would go through that myself! :(
yes I have built a new house.

was it fun

I watched friends nearly divorce over choosing the size of the laundry tubs.
by lynne
My wife and I took 5 months to live in and renovate a condo we own in Edmonton, Alberta. We now rent it out.
I renovated my last home. It was fun but quite a bit of work. Not sure I would want to do it again.
Have done both. Renovations are fun but hard work, and usually involves removing someone's awful idea of wallpaper pattern. Little things can make a difference like installing the smaller wc's and putting modern taps in. The advantage of a new house is you get it to what you want straight away. It depends on whether you are fit enough to renovate or if you prefer to build. I had a couple of problems when I built dealing with the supervisor who was unreasonable. They forgot to put the pipe under the driveway for the retic, and did a terrible job of cutting the laminex for the kitchen bench and were quite rude about the whole thing.
Yes I have designed and project managed hundreds probably thousands of them.
I noticed the comments from people on the site in the negative about the experience. This is generally because people’s expectations exceed the reality of the budget across time and cost.
Marketing practices are designed to make the phone ring and often leave people confused and feeling uncertain about the relationship with the builder.
I have developed a method of design and tender that resolves the majority issues and improves the experience. The free information book Guide to Building can be requested by email from the Choose Home web site www.choosehome.com.au

I got as far as plans for a new house, but due to lack of money I couldn't go ahead. Probably a blessing.
have been renovating the house I'm currently living in and am surprised at how much we've been able to do ourselves. It's been a steep learning curve for me but a rewarding one.
Yes & yes!
Having to go downstairs to shower & loo was a bloomin' nuisance for SIX weeks during bathroom reno.
Threw my morning routine totally out of whack & had to rejig my time allowance!
All else was ok, though, even cooking downstairs worked well, as we campers & could use all that equipment, which was familiar!
Was worth both, all, in the long run!
We bought a project home, in '76, & had it build on a block of land around the corner from my family house. We still live in that house. It needs kitchen/bathrooms renovations, & the whole house needs repainting & new curtains or blinds throughout the house.
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