A lot of people retire to HSV wanting to build their dream home. This is a great place to build because the natural beauty of the Village makes any home more beautiful. Also, you can build any size house you want, from efficient to lavish, without worrying about how it fits in.
Although one HSV web site refers to HSV as "upscale", it isn't -- not if you think of upscale as rows of million-dollar-plus houses. HSV itself benefits greatly from the natural beauty of its hills, trees, and lakes, and the golf courses and other HSV facilities are beautiful and well maintained, the fact is that HSV is very affordable with many low-cost homes, duplexes, and townhomes.
On the other hand, there are some pricey homes in the Village as well, but this only serves to add to the balance here, not make it "upscale".
Upscale or not, you cannot help but be impressed as you drive through neighborhoods in HSV at how well maintained all the homes and yards are.
But getting back to the actual building of a home -- you will find that building a home in Hot Springs Village is quite a bit different from building in many other areas:
Following is a combination of a journal of the building of our house in 1998, plus tips and recommendations based on what we learned along the way and since, plus a journal of the building of a home in HSV for a relative (Judy) in 2007.
As we went through the planning and building of our house, there were a lot of things we had to learn the hard way, or didn't learn until it was too late.
We never realized we would be using this information ourselves as we helped Judy select her lot, design a floor plan, and find a builder. And then when we watched a quality builder at work, we found out that we didn't know as much as we thought about home building.
So we have updated these pages with what we learned at Judy's, but they still won't make anyone an expert, but they should give you a little better understanding of the building process.
If you have corrections or other information to add to these pages, please email us. You can find an email link on our home page at www.hsv-life.com.
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