- Write down your wish-list. Make sure that all members of the family who will be involved on the decisions are roughly on the same page. Prioritize items into "needs", "wants", and "would be nice".
- If you see pictures of houses that capture some part of what you want, cut them out and start a file.
- Gather together any existing information you have about the house or site including mortgage surveys, septic plans and any existing drawings.