After years of searching for the perfect existing home in the perfect location, we gave up. We bought a lot and we have been working on the plans with a builder. We have tweaked the plans for the last several weeks and construction is to start in a week. I have always been a home, do-it-yourselfer, and remodeled all the previous homes we have had. But some physical limitations prevent me from doing that going forward. So, the best option seemed to build. I've heard plenty of horror stories regarding building, plus a few with good results. We have always bought existing homes, 9 so far, but after owning that many homes we had very specific ideas of what we really wanted in a home and haven't found it. I've contacted the BBB about the builder and contacted the owners of the last five homes he built. All of them were very positive about their experiences with this particular builder. It's not a mansion. 3br, 2.5 bath with a sunroom and office on the first floor and a 3 car garage. About 2,300 sq ft. on the main level. Unfinished basement, but plumbed for another full bath for future. OK, I'm ready to lose sleep at night. Go ahead with you horror stories and hopefully there will be some good stories also.