So, it'll be a few days while she works out the financing (she has money in trusts and an IRA from her late husband and from when she was working, so it involves a lot of phone calls) for us to buy the lot.
Now we need to figure out how to keep costs down while we're building. Due to her disability, we're going to build first, then move, then put the current house on the market. We're going to enlist the gaming group to help pack/move when the time comes, but one thing she doesn't want to do is try to LIVE in a house when it has to be ready to show at a moment's notice to potential buyers (she just doesn't have enough spoons
in the day for that kind of stress).
We've almost settled on a floor plan. We just have to talk with the builder & architect to see if the tweak we want are feasible within our budget (like putting walls in the great room because neither one of us wants a Kitchen/Dining Room/Home Theater).
I'll think I'll take the money I was saving for a 3D printer and use that towards making the gaming room awesome (because we are NOT abandoning the Geek Chic table). I was thinking of something like these interlocking panels
for the walls, though it's probably cheaper just to hire someone to paint the wall like look like stone.