We are thinking of building a house. We are in the very early stages of planning. Of course we both told our parents and asked what they thought. Regardless of the fact that parental advice - even in your thirties - isn't always taken too seriously (sorry Mum, Dad and Dad - we love you!), I am confused.
"Do not build with wood. Bricks is the only way to go. Wood will burn down in no time. Apart from that, it's not steady enough - it will blow away!"
"You have to have a basement. A house without a basement is not a proper building. You will regret it, if you don't build a basement. Having a basement has many advantages! Where will you store your potatoes, if you don't have a basement?"
Advice from the American parents:
"Do you really think you can be comfortably living in only 1020 ft² (94 m²)?"
"You should add a large covert porch to the house, so you have more space when friends and family are visiting. It will act as an additional room. It provides a place for long stay guests (like family or friends) to sit and relax, get out of the house so not to be a constant bother to Natalie. You could even screen it in to keep out bugs and local varmints."
Yes, I know - a German house has a basement and with a bit of luck survived two world wars.
Yes, I know - the American dream resides on more square feet.
But as we are a German/American fusion we will build the house traditionally Arizona style without a basement and as small as a German apartment... One day. I haven't mentioned that we are building off grid and there are no conventional loans for that. But that's another story...