Owning a small getaway home in a beautiful, rural community is a dream many of us nurture. But achieving that dream thwarts many people. In such locales the stock of existing suitable homes can be dismal – or nonexistent.  Poorly built…needing extensive remodeling…not up to code…manufactured homes…the list goes on. Building your own home is the obvious answer.  But that path can be paved in frustration, especially if you do not live in the area.  Interviewing architects….then interviewing (and vetting) contractors…..then waiting, and waiting.  Surprises are the norm, not the exception.