This post is part of series called “31 Days to Rebuild Your House and Heart” and I’m writing it to chronicle our rebuilding process after we lost everything in a house fire last December. You can start here and read the whole series. Thanks for visiting!
It took us 3 months to choose a builder.
Maybe it was because we were devastated about losing everything.
Or maybe we’re just indecisive very thorough.
We interviewed 7 builders, including the preferred builder of our insurance company.
In the end, we chose Larry Anglea and we are SO THANKFUL we did.
He’s been building in our area for 30 years. He has an impeccable reputation and is the nicest guy you ever want to meet.
What sold me on him—besides his magnanimous personality, was his house.
I walked into his house and loved EVERYTHING about it. Every detail was perfect. I had never seen anything quite like it.
The best builders use all the best subcontractors and they can get them when they need them AND for a better price than you can get without a contractor.
Don’t rush this phase of building. Your contractor can make or break you. It is probably THE most important decision you make in house building.
And don’t waste a lot of time on house plans until you find a builder.
They will help you immensely with choosing the right plan for your lot and chances are—they have an architect or draftsmen that they prefer.
I don’t think Larry has ever seen the likes of me 🙂
We got along beautifully though and I’m gonna miss his cheerful boisterous voice on Monday mornings.
He loved everything I picked out with the small exception of the ‘disco ball’ light fixture I put in the living room.
The electrician was putting the ‘disco ball’ up one day while I was in Knoxville and after texting pictures to me, I finally called to help with the height adjustments and heard Larry in the background saying, “Ask her where she got this thing anyway.” (I blamed it all on Darlene)
I can’t imagine that there’s a better builder anywhere around.
He endured my tears on demolition day and my obnoxious cheering and screams everytime something new and beautiful was installed. Which was a lot.
He is meticulous about every detail and does things I’ve never had done in any other house. He even connects all the gutters to underground waterlines so they drain away from the house.
He’s a genius and I’m sooooo thankful we had the privilege of working together.
p.s. I’m slowly recovering from the exhaustion and having a ball fluffing this nest! I move things here and yon and then move them again. Should David go in the foyer or the living room? And where to place the gargoyle-looking foo dogs?
I must tell you that we are down to less than 5 boxes thanks to my wonderful mother and sister. They are just downright amazing. (Love you Grannie and Sis and thank you so much!) I just got my washer and dryer hooked up tonight and I’ve never been so happy to do laundry. I’ve also learned that there is one down side to having large windows everywhere—– one needs to have plans for window coverings which I do not yet have. (Temporary paper shades are your friend.)
Oh and one more thing—–should we have the 12 days of Christmas this year? Anyone wanna be in charge of it for me? That would entail some organizing and emailing and scheduling the days and getting them ready for me to post? That might be the only way it’ll happen this year but I’m willing to donate my blog to the cause 🙂