My husband is wanting to either buy a rental building, build a house, or both this year. I've been trying to figure out different things we would want to use if we build a house. I like to plan ahead. Been planning for a few years but since it is getting really close to the point that we will be building I want to have some stuff picked. We want something that is affordable and easy to install. Pretty much what we have figured out is we want a prow front house. We already looked into all the pros and cons of this type of house. Depending on our budget it will be either a 1.5 or 2.5 story house. The land we will be building on is flat and across the side road from his dad's house. We don't want to do a basement due to his dad's basement always flooding and having problems. We will either go with a slab foundation or a crawl space. If we go with a slab then that floor will be stained concrete but we don't know what to pick for the other floor(s). One concern is our dog has sharp nails and gets overly hyper. We need something that won't scratch up easily. Also needs to be something that won't fade from the windows. One big problem is my husband doesn't like the look of wood so it cannot be a wood floor. He is alright with the look of stone laminate flooring but I'm worried about the water areas and the dog. The area we live in gets very windy and during the winters gets around -20 at night (thankfully it has been mild this winter). I was thinking of going with metal roofing. My FIL said they can cause a lot of problems with the shrinking and expanding causing the nails to move around which then leads to leaks. I did read something about using an underlayment that heals around the nails to avoid leaking but wasn't sure if that would work. I have also read that rubber roofing is a good choice but I don't know of anyone that has used it to ask questions about it. I don't even know where to begin with the siding. I know vinyl siding up around here cracks easily during the winter. My FIL thought we should use bevel clapboards. I've seen fiber cement and engineered wood listed online but read different results with it. My husband would love to use stucco but I don't know how well that would work with our weather or anything about the synthetic stucco. I would love to use hydro radiant heating. The only problem is the cost of putting it in especially the dry insulation. Is this something we could install ourselves and have a professional come and test it out for leaks?