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Corralling the racing thoughts and taming the wild mind of a first time builder. Main Owner Builder Log

Corral (transitive verb): to gather together and take control of people or things.

Tame (adjective): changed from a wild or uncultivated state to one suitable for domestic use or life.


At the moment that we decided to build our home I transformed into a sponge for ideas. My growing databank of unmanaged thoughts and ideas quickly led to a total data overload and we hadn't even started building. I knew I needed to step back and establish some way to manage it all, organize it, distill it into useful data. So I decided to start compiling an idea book that I could dump all of these thoughts in and free up a bit of memory, at least enough to maintain those involuntary functions like breathing and blinking.


First I bought a nice new 3 ring binder and a box of 100 sheet protectors (great investment if you ask me) and rounded up some copy paper, double sided tape and scissors. Then I combed the house for every flyer, magazine, sticky note, business card and pamphlet that had to do with building, designing or decorating our new home and dumped them in middle of my living room. I spent the next 4 hours franticly cutting out every single thing that appealed to me in any way whether it was a color, a texture, a building material, a design feature, a distributor or a web address. Eventually I was left with cramped hands, a stiff back, a pile of mutilated magazines carcasses and a coffee table camouflaged by a mound of nice neat little cutouts that were screaming to be put into some logical and useful medium. For the time being I scooped them up and dumped them in a box with my binder and sheet protectors set them out of site. I spent a few minutes picking up the last few shreds of evidence lying about and vowed never to speak of that dreadful day that played out like a scene from Edward Scissor Hands.

The next day I woke up refreshed and relaxed and ready to tackle the box of cutouts. I spread them out and started to identify common themes and group them into piles. Before I knew it I had a pile for our home exterior and siding, kitchens, baths, storage, common areas / living room, builder contacts, building materials / green / energy star, septic / well / heat pumps, and info on our parcel. I started taping all my cutouts onto plain paper and sliding them into nice neat sheet protectors. I placed each sheet in my nice new binder and eventually my piles were gone and I had one nice neat organized binder that was bursting with ideas and I could get it out or put it away whenever the mood struck me.  

As I kicked back and admired my idea book I felt my mind at ease. My racing thoughts had slowed to a canter and my wildly overactive imagination was now tame. My little book was just the tool I needed to gather my thoughts, take control and ensure that my mind was once again suitable for domestic use or life.

Posted by Sarah Pokorney at 4/6/2007 7:20:00 PM
Comments (2)
Re:Corralling the racing thoughts and taming the wild mind of a first time builder.
i recently built a house and have one pointer for you. do not just turn money over to the builder. make sure all the subs are being paid, even if you have to pay them. If you dont, you may find at the end of the process there are a few liens on your house.
Posted by on 4/10/2007 3:40 PM
Re:Corralling the racing thoughts and taming the wild mind of a first time builder.
At IPH your money is safe. Your money goes straight to the title company to be dibursed. The customers have permission slips called "vouchers" that they fill out and sign to release the money from the tiltle company to the subs. Lien releases are signed before the sub can deposit his check, ensuring that all work to date has been paid for!
Posted by on 4/24/2007 9:20 AM


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