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  1. Too good not to share--Norman tweet

    to the dupont car, josh!
  2. designing and building your own house

    oh right. yeah that's an advantage, especially with how much of it'll be open space (half of it's just residential with no-frills bedrooms and a few bathrooms.) 
  3. designing and building your own house

    what do you mean by this
  4. designing and building your own house

    by the time i go to apply for the loan i'll have the entire loan value matched in assets, which can be liquidized at any point. i'll be professoring at a college by then (knock on wood) and my wife will be a practicing NP. i'm not as much worried about getting the loan itself as i am about a bank being willing to bankroll an unorthodox, effectively half-completed project. i don't know if it works that way.
  5. designing and building your own house

    playing with it now. i've debated buying a sophisticated piece of design software and learning it to see if i can draw up my own blueprints. it'd be an unbelievable amount of work but i've seen plans like mine go for 30-40k for someone to actually sit down and design, soooo
  6. designing and building your own house

    i'll be living in it... hopefully for the rest of my life. if it's a 10k floorplan about 5k will be caught up between the two wings, which are all residential and part of my commune plan (as well as to house foster kids when we start adopting.) because of its function it should cost far less than most 10ksqft houses (though the featured salon, library, staircase, and interior dome could get a little pricey, at least on the design side.) it'll be renaissance as fug though. my main concern is figuring out loans. i've calculated saving myself about $200,000 by doing the interior work myself (mainly by avoiding material markups, and some on labor.) i'm estimating ~900k as the total cost, but that includes a 20% indirect cost calculation. i'm guessing i'd need about 500k to get it where i need it to be for me to start working on it: prepping the lot, laying the foundation, building the walls, roof, windows, doors, plumbing, and electric. the question would obviously be whether a bank will give me a half mil loan for effectively half a house.
  7. designing and building your own house

    i have a contractor that's offered to manage the project and sub out jobs, but obviously i'm not tying myself down. the property is significant... i'm looking at 7-10ksqft total, spread over a three-story center and two two-story wings. i've been flipping properties for a while now and i have a lot of experience doing reno, so i can do a bunch of the work myself. that's not realistic though for a project this size, in the structural phase certainly, so if possible i'd like to get contractors to come in, lay a foundation (definitely not slab) and put up the walls, a roof, plumbing and electricity and pretty much leave me an unfinished box to come in and do myself, or hire out guys to finish it at my own pace. if it's possible to coordinate several units in the same property i'm going with ductless mini-splits. i ran a new system through my first house and it was incredible... low bills, changed temperature on a dime. four splits per unit was the max though and i imagine i'll need a minimum of 16, probably more than that. i'd have to talk to architect about that though, with several floors to potentially run ducts through it might be worth it to just save the wall space.
  8. Saints week Part Deaux

    maybe it's just my seething hatred of the saints but i think this is your best work of all time
  9. So I am roughly a year away from being able to buy a piece of property and about two away from having the funds to put a downpayment on a sizeable house, which I'll be custom designing. I'm not an architect, so I'll need to hire one. I have some very specific thoughts in mind, as well as general design frameworks and styles. I understand architects are not cheap, particularly when you're coming up with lots of details, and if you've got high square footage. I'll skip all the details about the house, but I'm curious if anyone here has ever had a home custom built, or works as a contractor that does these sorts of things. How'd you go about getting everything done? Was your architect cheap? Any thoughts in general?
  10. Coming to Theaters next month..."The Big Short"

    hell of a cast, i'll probably check it out
  11. everything about that game was perfect from start to finish. my only regret is that cam didn't score a passing touchdown and break 40 on those assclowns