John my wonderful husband of 25 years and I are building a new house. What an endeavor it has been as well as a wonderful learning experience. I really thought I knew a lot about the construction phases of building and I guess I really do but I have been humbled and I have learned so much more.

Do you know that in the process of building a house you have close to 100 inspections? Yeah well neither did I.

One of Joel's young friends whose family built a house a couple of years ago went out to the construction site and we were just finishing the framing and he said "Yeah now it is gonna sit like this for a month." I thought he's crazy I have a good builder he knows what he doing and I will see progress. Well need I say Will was right we did not see the kind of progress my kids and husband thought we would see, instead we saw the HVAC unit installed the plumbing was plumbed, the electrical was wired but still no walls. I watched and learned.

I wish I had done this when I first started selling Real Estate because it has opened my eyes to so many things. Like patience which I do not normally have a wealth of but as I get way older I am learning (not that John would agree). We are now in painting stage and still have a ways to go. I have not enjoyed having to make all the selection choices that has been a little stressful. Thank God for good friends and business associates who's taste and judgment I trust. They have made me laugh and actually secretly enjoy things that would have frustrated me in the past.

But out of all of this I think the most important thing I have learned is that you need to trust your builder. To have a relationship built on trust is so important I have deferred to my builders judgment more times in this process then I can tell you. My standard line is "What do you think I should do?"  All I know is I am getting the kitchen I have always dreamed of what more do I care about?

Well to all of you who have built or to those of you who hope one day to build, embrace the experience but make sure you have a great builder and a lot of time and a great spouse all the rest will fall into place.