The meeting went very well. I think at first no one was sure of whether it would be worthwhile, because we were still so early in the process. Like this meeting was literally the second thing we’ve done other than attending a construction seminar with HFCU & Jagoe last fall (and browsing land/floor plans online.) But eventually we all opened up a little more and the meeting progressed. Being able to see the model home was helpful but Sheila also suggested that we contact her to go look at some models of the actual floor plans we’re considering, because you just can’t truly visualize it on paper. We will definitely be doing that soon.
Lastly, we were pleasantly surprised by the construction time — around 120-150 days! I thought it would be closer to a year. So that’s nice at least, only having to get a 6-month lease while we’re displaced.
We will have some changes in finances happening over the next few months, but we definitely feel more equipped on how to start the process now… beginning with putting our house up for sale within the next year or so… and in the meantime we will contact Sheila to look at some of the 2-story floorplans that we like.