My house hunting journey sucks.

So everyone tells me to build.

I wont lie, I'm tired of being cold in a drafty old house.

I want a modest house 1,500 or so. No more than 1,800. BUT, and this is a big one, I will NOT live in a development. I'd sooner die than do that.

Has anyone built a house before? What are some of the good things, bad things that I need to consider. Also, did teh builder give you an estimate and then it was way more? What should I know.

Apprently we are going to head to a builder in March to ask them about things. This is the design we are looking at.