I had to decide to build a house of buy an existing house. I decided to build. I sketched a rough draft of what I wanted and hired a draftsman to draw up the plans. I then took the plans to general contractors for bid. We took the lowest bid and started building. After surviving the construction I swore to never do it again. It is far better to buy something that is built so you can see how big it really is. The home I built was OK but it wasn’t worth the effort. It took 6 months and it seamed like forever. Luke Weil did the same thing and he liked it. To each their own.