We had our second meeting to lock in all of our design choices for the house on Sunday morning. We actually cut a fair bit of stuff and got down under budget by a grand or so, but I don't feel like we made any serious compromises.
While I'm still working through issues of purchase regret and the specter of a previous house I owned for far too long, I'm at least feeling a little more excited about having our very own place. What I like most about my life in the last five years is the surprising amount of agility we've had. Another way to put that is we moved a lot. A house sounds like something that ultimately ties you down, but having one didn't tie us down, technically. It only influenced poor decisions.
What that ramble really means is that while I like the idea of ultimate flexibility, I also like the idea that we can make a space something uniquely Team Puzzoni. It's a space that no one else has lived in, and we can decorate it any way we want. Owning a house isn't an investment, it's a lifestyle choice. When you look at it that way, it changes your attitude.
I think it will be fun to see the house go up. Construction is very different here in Florida, too, since the first floor is pretty much always masonry. This builder (and the other in the neighborhood) fortunately doesn't do boring box elevations either, which is also un-Florida-like. It looks more Northwest, sans the siding.