When city dwellers get fed up with the expense and congestion of urban life, they frequently entertain the same dream: pack it all in and move to the country.

Maybe you’ve been thinking about building a small vacation house (or a forever home) on a quiet piece of land, but don’t know where to start. It’s understandable. For those considering constructing a country escape, there’s a steep learning curve.

These four stories contain some of the major factors to consider before taking the plunge, as well as insights I gained from my own experience building a home outside of Leavenworth.

They include information on: picking the right site — and the right crew for a job outside the city; the realities of how much a new build will cost, as well as ways to DIY some projects to stay on budget; understanding the timing of a project that’s at once drawn out and frantic; and things to consider when you’ll be away for long periods at a time.

Locating the right property and hiring the right crew are two of the biggest challenges of building a new home in a rural area.

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New construction is expensive — sometimes shockingly so. Here's what you need to know about estimates, as well as ways to trim costs. 

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Building a vacation home feels both never-ending and incredibly rushed. And if you want to DIY any part, be ready for many weekends of work.

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Be sure to consider the realities of owning a part-time home, as well as the realities of making your vacation home your forever home.

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