A start-to-finish story on our new house in Hartland, Wisconsin, a small town in Waukesha County, about twenty miles west of Milwaukee. We decided to do the contracting ourselves, and as much of the work as we could manage (and afford). We couldn't find a lot of information on owner-built homes in the Milwaukee area, so we decided to cover our own experiences. This is our first time doing the owner-builder thing. And no, we didn't intentionally choose to start this process in the middle of the most troubled economy since the Great Depression.