I've always thought building a new house would be too intimidating. You have to decide everything! There is nothing set in stone (other than budget, of course, and even that has a way of flexing when you thought it couldn't or shouldn't). Floor plan, mechanical systems, fixtures, finishes, materials, it all requires weighing and choosing. I'm a good planner and researcher, but a terrible decision maker, so all that just seemed like too much.
Take for example our heating and cooling decisions. No, we still don't have central heat and air. It was suppose to go in around November. But then we couldn't get the electrical and plumbing changes we needed for the kitchen done, so it had to wait. The ductwork will take up a lot of room in the basement and crawl space, so we have to think through all kinds of other wiring and plumbing decisions. Will we want extra plugs in the living room one day? Can we still get under there if a trunk line is in the way? Should we do it now instead of wait?
So if you check in on the blog and wonder at our slow progress sometimes, it isn't just because so much of the work is DIY. It's often because I've spent months researching, debating, gathering info, interviewing contractors, calculating costs, weighing options, and am struck with indecision! I'm glad Jeff makes the final call on everything, but when it's thousands of dollars and he's asking for my input, I'm afraid I'm rather useless despite all my facts and data gathering!
(The good news is that indecision is a pretty funny topic and I found plenty of good cartoons on the subject!)