In 1999, Chuck & Mary and Sheri & I bought 16 acres in rural Florida where we planned to build homes for ourselves. We broke ground in November with the installation of the septic tank. As we were living in our RV's, this was a logical beginning. Initially the home was to be a single story duplex of block construction, but this was beyond our capabilities and pocketbooks. We redesigned the house with half the foot print but two stories high and of frame construction. We hired a mason to build the three foot piers the house would sit on. Once they were complete, the rest of the house was built by Chuck and me. Mind you, neither of us had any experience in home construction. Yes we had completed some small building projects like shelves and cabinets, but nothing to match this undertaking.
Each side is one bedroom, but the floor plans are completely different. One side has a loft and conventional staircase; the other has two full floor and a wrought iron spiral staircase.
It took us seven and a half years to finish, but finish we did! During the construction we used Ryobi portable electric tools which worked well; however, we did go through as least two of everything-drills, circular saws, reciprocating saws, etc. It may not be fancy, but we call it home and are quite proud of our accomplishment.