And what were your experiences? We're just beginning to look at the house-buying process, and there are a lot of great areas to build out here. I'm trying to decide if building is an option worth looking into. Did you like/dislike the process? Are there any inherent disadvantages to building a house? The main benefit as far as I can tell is that you're buying a new house without the issues that an older house can offer, such as needing roof, HVAC, basement, etc., repairs. One of the drawbacks, however, that I have seen so far is that if you decide on a house/lot combination purchase you're stuck in a "used to be a cornfield and now has 80 houses with small yards and no trees" subdivision. For some people that's cool, but not necessarily what we're looking for. I have to say, though, it's fun to look through all of the floor plans and imagine what the house would be like.