Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sad News


For everyone wondering how the house is going, we are not going to build. We have decided that it is more money than we want to spend right now and I don't know how to downscale the house to make it any smaller because I basically don't want to, I liked it the way it was. I semi regret selling our beautiful home on Hankins Street with the extra lot and big yard, but we were outgrowing it. We have another project in the works. Don't really want to express that here, but it will be fine and nice once it is ready which will hopefully be by Christmas. I'm glad for this since a tradition at our home is that my mom and stepdad come up and spend the night on Christmas Eve, we bake cookies for Santa and watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and that way they are there to see the kids in the morning with all of their surprises. I was very disappointed knowing that we might not be able to that this year. We are still moving to the country which I am glad of, back to the peacefulness that Chris and I knew growing up since both of our parents lived a little out of town most of our lives. We still have our $1,000.00 blueprints so maybe one day. This has been the most difficult time for me as I never imagined that the house would have been as high as it was. Very disappointing.

10 comments:

Debbi said...

really, I am sorry about this. I would hate that feeling too. I wish I had a big place and you could just come here....but since you are out, just find a job out here in washington!hehehe. a girl's got to try.

ps - I just saw on a blog that stephenie meyer will be on ellen tomorrow, you might want to record it.

brittany said...

I'm sorry Heather. That just plain sucks... considering the market, you'd think they'd bend a little on it and help you out! Look on the bright side though, you could be stuck in L.A. in a shitty one bedroom box with NO yard.

Feel the sarcasm and loathing? I'm trying to suck it up and just take the days as they come. I know there will be a change soon.

Mindy said...

Sorry to hear about that Heather. I know you were looking forward to it.
I'm sure that in the long run you will be happier doing it this way. You know everything does happen for a reason, even though we are thinking WTH in the process!

eRiCa said...

total bummer but I give you big props for knowing when to say no and knowing what you can and can't afford. You're very smart and I'm sure you'll be able to use that blueprint you have.

chandra said...

sorry about the change of plans. But I am sure that it will all work out even better than you had planned.

Laken said...

Oh, no. I sure hope that everything works out. Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve!!!!

Shelley said...

This is one of the reasons we went back and forth on building, I was scared of an ever increasing number...finishing a home is so high. I knew I would end up wanting too much that we can't afford, so we ended up buying one that we can make changes to over time. Just painting the one we are buying has made a massive differnce. Hope something pans out for you guys soon :(

Dena said...

I'm so sorry, Heather... I agree, you are seriously smart in waiting. The market is horrible right now - trust me, I'm in real estate. It'll all work out just fine! I can't wait to hear what your new plans are!!!

We've considered a move back down South. I'm not happy about it, but it's a thought, nonetheless. We'll see. It's just way too expensive right now. We bought a house that we could afford back when I was working full time at American Abst. When we signed our contract, I knew that we were able to buy that house because of what I was bringing in. But, since they let me go back in Jan., (downsizing due to current conditions) we've been living on what little Brian makes, and what I make at the TWO jobs I'm working now...but it's not helping. We've cut out home phones, cable, satelite, internet, eating out so much, extra piddly spending, hobbies, traveling, used our stimulus check to pay off a credit card... There's nothing left to cut back on.

I've said all of that whiney mess to say I'm so proud of you for thinking this thru and for knowing when to walk away. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact, everything is good about it. Sure, all your 'blogger' friends wish you could build your dream home...but we also wish happiness, comfort and stability for you more. You made the right decision, girlfriend. Now...hurry up and share what your new plans are!!!!!!

Crystal said...

Bummer! I'm sure that something better will definitly be coming your way. I'm interested to see what you have planned. Also the Christmas tradition sounds like so much fun. Glad you won't miss it this year

bowling1 said...

Hats off to you and Chris for seeing and understanding the cost BEFORE you went any further. To me knowing how to live and strive within your means is a very valuable attribute. You might could have afforded to do the house but what would the family have to give up in order to "live" afterwards?

Jason and I came upon the same thing about 5 years ago when we wanted to build. We had the blueprints, we had our own land to build on BUT when we started looking to sell our mobile home the offers we got came no where near what we could live with and we weren't even looking for pay-off. Since then we've remodeled our house and once you come inside it is hard to believe it is a mobile home. We still have the blueprints, we still have the property and in 7 years our mortgage is paid off(that's before both of us turn 50!). Maybe at that time I can convince Jason it is time to move the trailer and build a house.

Anyway, I know how bummed you are. It is just obvious there are greater plans for you guys!