My brother lives in rural Maine and built his house (with help) from scratch. Now, years later, he has added a garage that is even bigger than his house.
He did a time-lapse video that shows the whole thing from nothing to finished -- the video takes 5 minutes and is actually pretty darn cool to watch.
I don't know if Marissa can vouch for this, but he always says that in Maine, when your house gets old, you just build a new one next door. And leave the old one there. Actually, when I visited, I saw a bit of evidence of that. Somewhat unrelated but entertaining.