Hey guys, just thought I'd pick your brains and see if anyone has any advice from your own experiences when building a new house. Anything that you did that you wish you hadn't? Or were grateful that you did? After 12 years of living together, and a lot of starts and stops in the process, my wife and I have started the process ourselves. After we got married, we planned to buy a bigger house together than the one my wife owned when we met, but the housing market was sky high back then and we couldn't afford it. So, we decided to put a portion of what it would cost to buy a new home into turning our then 1200 sq ft house into a 1800 sq ft one, and redo almost all of the existing rooms floor to ceiling while we were at it. The contractor did a good job, and we've lived in the house ever since, and multiple real estate agents say that we should be able to see it for about double what my wife originally paid. (which is also about double what we owe on the mortgage). We now have two kids, the oldest in Kindergarten, and along with the house not being quite big enough any more, we're too far away from the schools (leading to a 90 minute bus ride each way), and still cannot get broadband internet where we live. My mother-in-law is giving us some land, and we've had it surveyed, the tests for the well and septic system came back good, and we're in the process of talking to a lawyer to transfer the land. So, we're now at the point where we need to talk to some builders about getting the house started. We've literally spent years looking at house plans on various web sites, going back and forth on what we both like or don't like, what features are important to us, and which ones aren't, and how big we would like the house to be/what we think we can afford. We definately do not want to just go with a simple standard cube house plan that a lot of the local builders specialize in, and want to go with something that's a little more interesting, with a good layout and character, since we're going to be living here for at least the next 20 years, if not the rest of our lives. Has anyone else been down a similar road and have some advice? Or work in the home construction industry with some inside tips?