I never thought I’d be fortunate enough to afford a custom built house by the age of 35.
My best luck, I thought, would be to land a job where I could afford a mortgage on a modest home.
In my mind, that home was going to be old, probably a few decades at least. I thought I would be spending time slowly repairing it instead of building a new one from the ground up. Not just that, but now I can afford to add a few things to my tastes and interests. Obviously I wanted a swimming pool, but I opted to buy one with a tile bottom instead of basic concrete since I favored the look immensely. It’s like having a pool that looks like a large piece of fine china—definitely opulent, but still undeniably beautiful. I took a few liberties inside my new home as well, adding a personal office and a game room in the basement complete with a billiards table, two couches, a lazy boy, a huge TV with game consoles attached, and an air hockey table. The kid inside me just went nuts with the features and I splurged. One expense—radiant heated flooring—was definitely a pragmatic and important investment to make. We don’t get extreme cold during the winter here, but it’s definitely cold enough to warrant using indoor central heat. I hated how inefficient my electric furnace at my old place was, not to mention the cost of using it. The radiant heated flooring, albeit a large investment at first, would spell massive savings on heat every week of the long winter season. On top of that, the air feels warmer and more comfortable because the heat is naturally rising up from beneath your feet and enveloping you and everything in your house in a pleasant and warm blanket.