Surviving Permits & Pre-Build

Yes, survive is in fact the correct Building a custom home is super exciting and rewarding, but it also requires a lot of wo...

Yes, survive is in fact the correct

Building a custom home is super exciting and rewarding, but it also requires a lot of work and a TON of patience (which I thought I had, but quickly learned, I do NOT, lol). It also comes with a lot of surprises and stress! And, thanks to said stress, I for real have more grey hair now than I did 8 months ago. My husband however, still only has one grey hair...I can't.

One of the biggest surprises is how much it actually ends up costing. There are so many fees that come along with a new build: hiring a builder, engineering, architect, contractors, materials, equipment, surveys, lot grading, site prep, inspections, lot servicing, municipal permits and application fees...just to name a few. AND, if you're building on a vacant lot (like us), you also have to addition of having to pay development fees (which you don't have to pay if you buy land with a house already on it). But, lucky for us...we had the fun addition of having to pay development fees, and they were OUTRAGEOUS! Let's just say we could have bought a luxury car...but, instead I drive a Toyota Corolla.

My mom calls this the "Bleeding Money" phase (insert cry emoji) where you're spending so much money and you haven't even started building yet.

This stage also requires a lot of wine and under eye concealer (to hide all your sleepless nights). Oh, and chocolate...LOTS of chocolate! And, if you need a cookie, go ahead and have that too!

Then there's the building permit. Obtaining a building permit doesn't happen overnight. In fact, preparing all the documents and surveys needed to apply for said permit, takes months. Also, trying to navigate the rules and regulations from the town was like learning another language and at times really overwhelming. I had to Google a few things, thank you Google! ;)

For our lot, we had to apply for/obtain 3 permits:
1. Residential Permit from the Conservation Authority
2. Building Permit
3. Entranceway Permit (to create a driveway)

Each of which requires its own paperwork, regulations, time, possible changes and of course costs. This process took a lot longer than we had planned with countless delays and was to be honest, not the funnest part. Remember when I told you about my grey hair.

But, through all of this we've learned a lot about building a house and we've also learned to take things one day/victory at a time to avoid getting too overwhelmed.

Now, time for a glass of wine and maybe a cookie. We've earned it!

Stay tuned!

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