Hope I Don't Forget Anything!
Once I'm done with my part of the plans, I'll go over them with Ed, make sure his bits are included, and then he'll work on drafting them up. Then we'll be able to go to builders, find three that we like, and ask for hard bids. Then, and only then, will we know if we can actually afford to build this thing. If we can't, my plan B is to leave the basement unfinished (but with interior walls, I hope), except for a full bathroom. Then we'll live up stairs and finish the downstairs as we have the money. This will be a vast improvement over what we live in now, for a few reasons, even though the square footage of the upstairs is about the same or a little less than what we're living in now. One, we'll have the entire downstairs to store things. Two, we'll have a real kitchen, with an actual oven, and a dishwasher! Three, we'll be paying a mortgage instead of rent.
So... On I go some more.