Meeting with the “Plan B” Builder
course from rehabbing a house to exploring building a new one, Abby and I asked
about various builders in the area and while many were recommended, one that
stood out was Meridian Custom Homes.
In our endless travels of looking for ideas,
we had seen homes that they have rehabbed or built new and liked their design.
(When you throw yourself into these sort of things you start to notice the
subtle differences in each builder's design.) One thing that we were a bit
tentative about was the fact that Meridian had a reputation for building homes
that sold for over a million dollars. And they looked every bit like a million
plus home. We haven’t yet hit any lottery so spending that kind of money was off
the table. We did learn however, that they were building a new subdivision that
was made up of homes that were in the price range of what we were looking to
spend. So we went over and peeked through the windows of some under
construction and not yet sold and liked what we saw. So we gave them a call.
from Meridian. Now I'm always leery of sales people (sorry, not meant as an
insult to those who do that, it's just me.) but Chris wasn't a sales guy. Not
in that sense anyways. He immediately put us at ease and listened to our ideas
and made some suggestions on ways to make the house even better. As our primary contact, we couldn't have been
made to feel more comfortable. He knows his business and over the next
couple of months really helped guide us through the design process while
keeping us on budget.
night of our first meeting we went over plans that Abby and I had penciled and
showed Chris the floor plan form North Carolina that was similar to what we
would like. We explained how we wanted the house to fit onto our lot and
more importantly into the neighborhood. We wanted to be unique but we didn't
want to stand out. He asked us general questions about what was important to
have in our house with respect to number of bedrooms, family areas and so on.
He had some great advice right from the start and help us put our ideas down to
paper where he sketched out a basic floor plan. We also talked about budget and
Chris explained the design and building process to us and gave us background on
Meridian and their experience.
difficult to contain our excitement. After all that we had been through working
to rehab a dormant house that was rapidly approaching a year of ownership, we
felt like we were making headway. We could do this. We could build something.
And we could afford it. And we were sitting with someone that was
extraordinarily experienced in his trade. Things were looking up.
spending a couple of hours of drawing this and moving that, we had our basic first
draft floor plan. After Chris left, we breathed a sigh of relief. What had been
evading us now had a renewed potential for being achieved. We were moving from
rehabbing to building new and were working with a company that we were very
comfortable with. It was exciting. But then there was the current house. Could
we actually tear it down? It was going to have to go.
only we could make that decision. And it wasn't going to be an easy one.