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Barrel-Race7,118791630
YesterdayHouston, TX

Cobbler-Mountain-Hom...21100
MondayAlexandria, VA

Vilano-Beach--Water-...21,220391170
4/5/2014Saint Augustine, FL

HudsonHouse7,033300
4/2/2014Omaha, NE

Tanglewood86,8797862,22242
3/24/2014Colorado Springs, CO

697MarlinAustinArea1,20618910
3/15/2014Austin/McDade, TX

1860s-Texas-rehabnew...43,176441910
3/14/2014Boerne, TX

Bladenkirk544640
3/13/2014White Oak, NC

P-Wade-Crocker433100
3/12/2014Spring, TX

Shana510200
3/11/2014Chaffee, MO

OwensNewHome60,0601033810
2/2/2014Chandler, AZ

Du-Lock-Lane1,316200
2/1/2014Houston, TX

Family-Affair10,624440
1/31/2014Saint Petersburg, FL

TheCastle10,007270
1/23/2014Cheshire, CT

The-Last-Rodeo9,69227100
1/14/2014Angel Fire, NM

TheHoskensProject58,5791504333
12/31/2013Dome-ville, central, FL

NorthPoleHome30,267341330
12/29/2013North Pole, AK

navarre-village-buil...1,198100
12/26/2013Gulf Breeze, FL

Seven-Peaks-Faswall-...34,875483181
11/18/2013Graeagle, CA

The-Dailey-Project1,787100
10/27/2013Pompano Beach, FL

Beaver-Creek-Ranch30,332213210
10/15/2013Hayfork, CA

The-Cortes-Adventure17,705520
10/14/2013Snowflake, AZ

jeff3,887300
8/29/2013Jackson, MO

Miami-FL-country-hom...5,392320
7/30/2013Miami, FL

Brevard-County--Pt-S...2,572100
7/17/2013Rockledge, FL

Dream-Build-Austin-T...4,178300
4/17/2013Austin, TX

Eschete-Dome22,42730530
12/24/2012Lafayette, LA

ChapelHillNCBob5,581110
10/23/2012Chapel Hill, NC

The-Skimino-Bluff6,9973130
10/13/2012Williamsburg, VA

Octagon-in-Glencoe-C...48,845144110
10/8/2012Glencoe , CA

nateshomemtpeakview4,690100
9/29/2012

sherman20,076221560
9/27/2012Downers Grove, IL

Omaha9,209380
9/13/2012Omaha, NE

Holy-Hill-House16,52335530
8/27/2012Richfield, WI

Omega-CEO5,650110
8/13/2012Manassas, VA

JayHouse10,3557190
6/22/2012Sebastopol, CA

30233,42723770
5/20/2012Belfair, WA

SunburnStateHome6,330110
3/6/2012Charlotte County, FL

VICTOR-MONTANA8,128110
2/22/2012Victor, MT

Houston-720125966,813100
1/21/2012Houston, TX

Workshop15,622630
1/8/2012Florissant, CO

Our-simple-home11,843223080
12/5/2011LaPorte, IN

ICF-Construction19,414500
11/11/2011Elkridge, MD

Little-Help-from-my-...12,30411150
11/4/2011Rockwall, TX

YaNYca14,029810
10/29/2011Boston, MA

The-Man-Refuge10,872310
10/19/2011San Antonio, TX

mckernanmc11,176320
10/6/2011Amite, LA

Large-Family-Compoun...7,462200
9/23/2011Covington, GA

Woodchuck-Ridge10,333480
9/12/2011Akron, OH

Forever-Home-Sweet-H...20,99934310
8/24/2011Issaquah, WA

Clarksville-MD9,108200
8/22/2011Eldersburg, MD

steve-n-carolyn16,3514140
8/21/2011Sun City, CA

Old-York8,197200
7/27/2011Bridgewater, NJ

Carriage-House17,11420282
7/24/2011Ft. Collins, CO

DomeSweetDome22,36318291
6/4/2011Suffolk, VA

Goodpasture24,240562880
5/28/2011Westminster, CO

Marks-Log-Cabin13,949392210
5/12/2011Altoona, PA

Bill21,191100
5/4/2011Tucson, AZ

Mueller-Dream-Home8,830100
4/15/2011

Oklahoma-Steel10,779650
4/13/2011Minco, OK

DutchG8,447200
4/5/2011

HiddenInOhio10,3409130
4/1/2011Elyria, OH

MagnoliaHouse8,895100
3/29/2011Houston, TX

Buffaloader13,766200
1/11/2011Valley Center, KS

SouthernEcoHome27,88420210
1/9/2011Blacksburg, VA

Austrian-Chalet14,183780
1/2/2011Twin Lakes, CO

Vista-Ridge13,20921660
12/21/2010Swanton, OH

OurFarmstead28,497601890
12/10/2010Pennsylvania

AirparkHome-Remodel29,68022460
11/8/2010Hillsboro, OR

Holloway10,899200
11/7/2010Petersburg, VA

Building-Our-Lakefro...9,781110
11/5/2010Piscataway, NJ

SunburyGalena-Build9,047100
11/3/2010Galena, OH

BUILDING-OUR-GREEN-D...9,899800
11/2/2010Pattison, TX

RR-Homestead24,02831740
10/26/2010Janesville, CA

Casa-Paradiso-Vieque...9,855200
10/19/2010Chelsea, MA

Millerbuild11,1265110
10/1/2010Carstairs, AB

Delisledigs11,538300
9/16/2010Jacksonville, FL

h20dave11,368430
9/10/2010Waterloo, AL

Mountain-Idyl11,110900
9/9/2010Asheville, NC

High-over-Lake-Granb...14,59912230
9/8/2010Granbury, TX

Homestead35,99064850
9/8/2010Smithville, MO

philandjan12,971100
9/2/2010

Commons10,195200
8/21/2010Atascocita, TX

Our-First-OB-home10,584300
7/27/2010Gardner, KS

Louisiana-Mediterran...20,138311870
7/21/2010Sunset, LA

Crows-Nest9,871100
7/20/2010

Patterson-Project10,432400
7/16/2010John's Island, SC

Hidden-Meadow-Home12,4762100
7/13/2010Murrieta, CA

New-house-in-Selah-W...10,226140
7/4/2010Belfair, WA

Arnold-CA-Alpine-cha...20,95722100
7/2/2010Arnold, CA

Working-Wilton39,933343010
6/16/2010Wilton, NH

JJ-Residence9,649100
6/7/2010San Antonio, TX

Thompson-Valley-Home10,844330
6/6/2010Monticello, FL

Naperville-Webster-S...26,4092360
5/21/2010Naperville, IL

Gary--Suzi11,088100
5/7/2010

crystal-falls-home28,87920270
5/5/2010Cedar Park, TX

Kapoho-Retirement-Ho...10,920130
5/4/2010Santa Ana, CA

NC--New-Construction10,516100
5/3/2010

Collins-on-Cobblesto...11,51921910
4/30/2010Waynesville, NC

Dwight--Colleen-Hart...11,926130
4/30/2010Vaughn, WA

Riley32,86432950
4/29/2010Cave Creek, AZ

The-New-Ries-Homeste...14,92119980
4/21/2010Polk/Richfield/Erin/Hartford, WI

The-Season9,562130
4/10/2010Mount Airy, NC

The-Naas-Place10,071200
3/30/2010Pittsburg, CA

Phil-and-Lauras-home13,121400
3/20/2010Tulsa, OK

Southport-NC-Home17,577201281
3/18/2010Southport, NC

Loris25,047110
3/11/2010

Seaton-Station10,268140
3/10/2010Siloam Springs, AR

Backwoods-Project14,326390
3/4/2010Jeffersonville, GA

ICF-in-Ann-Arbor26,258293710
1/25/2010Dexter, MI

DancingPines11,012200
1/25/2010Clinton, LA

Log-Cabin10,613150
1/23/2010indianapolis, IN

The-Kinzel-House10,011100
1/21/2010New Orleans, LA

PahrumpProject17,0905390
1/17/2010Spokane, WA

TheBeachHouse14,66413200
1/16/2010Shoreline, WA

Artist-Haven-Home14,976970
1/13/2010Kansas City, MO

SOPHIA--SAMUELDELAWA...17,44011310
12/2/2009Smyrna, DE

Plant-City-Craftsman16,8564100
11/22/2009Plant City, FL

WestermanFarm11,473130
11/10/2009Dickson, TN

Shane22,553600
10/31/2009San Antonio, TX

ADCountryHome12,8991130
10/31/2009Fort Worth, TX

ICF-Keller-Tx51,252321220
10/6/2009Roanoke, TX

digs24,273100
9/30/2009Tracy City, TN

threegables21,432201340
9/29/2009Hartland, WI

LittleLakeCorner72,9681016040
9/29/2009Groveland, FL

Utah-Casa11,623200
9/28/2009Saratoga Springs, UT

Tornado-Reconstructi...11,065800
9/24/2009Port Neches, TX

toolehouse50,350891450
9/20/2009Reno, NV

Bobs-Blog53,037614140
9/16/2009New Florence, PA

Blessings10,232100
9/11/2009farmville, NC

Schrammelot16,0237900
9/11/2009Pierson, FL

PennsmithLostValleyT...35,905552150
9/9/2009Dripping Springs, TX

River-House10,667220
9/7/2009Clinton, NJ

SantaFe-in-AJ10,418100
8/28/2009Apache Junction, AZ

Dennis-Dream-Home30,105385050
8/27/2009Readington Twp, NJ

Massive-Undertaking11,5681100
8/26/2009Wimauma, FL

Lafayette10,322200
8/11/2009Cramerton, NC

Dream-site-on-the-La...11,109200
8/5/2009La Porte, TX

Williams-New-Home-Si...10,365110
8/2/2009Windsor, NC

Cobblestone-Lane10,451100
7/30/2009Great Falls, MT

PensacolaBeachHouse10,258110
6/22/2009Gulf Breeze, FL

12YEARSINTHEPLANNING10,907120
6/16/2009LADSON, SC

Steinys-Hideaway10,880200
6/9/2009Venice, CA

DreamHome29,527261900
6/7/2009Orlando, FL

CastleHeims20,79821590
6/5/2009Cedar Rapids, IA

Utah-Warehouse10,131220
5/20/2009Fairview, UT

Where-to-start12,469610
5/16/2009Lemoore, CA

Castle-Rock-Lakehous...16,38310840
4/27/2009Necedah, WI

Oleg26,027360
4/22/2009San Diego, CA

MoeCompound10,297340
4/9/2009Camano Island, WA

Huckleberry-Home10,361200
4/8/2009Williamstown, NJ

Vonk24,295100
4/7/2009Zeeland, MI

Small-Timber-Frame14,708110
4/2/2009Central Mass, MA

EatonLoch-Haven11,157110
4/1/2009Roanoke, VA

windowsnsiding10,226110
3/28/2009Long Island, NY

Arkansas-First-Timer25,92439880
3/27/2009Trumann, AR

Back-Home-In-Crisp12,455111510
3/22/2009Ennis, TX

Victor--Susan-0820,374211210
3/17/2009Ruckersville, VA

Rick-and-Tinas-dream...11,686120
3/14/2009Auburndale, FL

Keener-Road13,0774100
3/11/2009Elizabethtown, PA

NC-Newbie10,980100
3/10/2009Boone, NC

MadisonGA11,1991130
2/26/2009Madison, GA

Techbuilt-Scammed12,643100
2/25/2009Rebew, LA

choanne83110,243100
2/9/2009charlotte, NC

WilliamsinVegas34,043301190
1/29/2009Henderson, NV

PhilesBryant12,093260
1/20/2009graham, WA

MortgageSmart10,461100
1/19/2009Cocoa, FL

QuarterlyHouse57,981136990
1/12/2009Orlando, FL

RabbitRun19,807311690
1/11/2009Afton, VA

Sonave-Sunsets10,567120
1/9/2009Yucca, AZ

Heart-of-PA16,1709160
1/6/2009Lewistown, PA

Krusehome11,642200
12/27/2008Lake City, FL

BrunkHouseAlmaKansas15,656260
12/26/2008Garden Grove, CA

Raider-Bills-Tenn-Ho...14,6596320
12/22/2008Largo, FL

Andel-Ranch28,342334020
12/17/2008Rogers, TX

Elijahs-Home11,825460
12/6/2008Vero Beach, FL

ranch-house10,460100
11/25/2008springfield, IL

Howard-Georgia-Retir...16,104670
11/9/2008Harlem, GA

The-Woods-Journal11,334110
11/6/2008Doraville, GA

StansTLH16,0691090
11/1/2008Tehachapi, CA

Kevin--Kerrys-Dream11,602350
10/17/2008Northvale, NJ

Katabatic-Wind12,206470
10/16/2008Huntsville, AL

Elmhurst-Modern13,659120
10/14/2008elmhurst, IL

Accessible-House11,6323100
10/14/2008Munford, TN

Cherry-Valley-Vista10,686120
10/5/2008Duvall, WA

Jon-and-Mollys-House18,309150
9/25/2008Ellicott City, MD

Proctor-ICF11,763110
9/25/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Hawaiian-Bungalo18,099111020
9/23/2008Holualoa, HI

Pete--Rhiannon12,765430
9/19/2008Springfield, MO

2008-Cedar-Ln17,60814350
9/19/2008Seaville, NJ

dmaceld20,80314880
9/16/2008Nampa, ID

Help-with-Goulds-and...12,927100
9/16/2008tampa, FL

Consulting10,328100
9/2/2008Orlando, FL

AlaskaICFREMOTEHouse16,76619380
8/17/2008Wasilla, AK

NC-Pond-House11,804320
8/4/2008Wilmington, NC

MargaritaVilla11,414240
8/4/2008Raleigh, NC

Latest-update12,7018100
8/4/2008Sierra Vista, AZ

ANDREA11,305400
8/2/2008Dallas, TX

The-Ridges14,08011130
7/31/2008Logan, UT

Avenida-Del-Sol15,20113520
7/31/2008Peoria, AZ

dream-home-ohio11,361600
7/30/2008Zanesville, OH

Penetang-Craftsman10,989360
7/27/2008Penetanguishene, ON

Tristan--11,443600
7/25/2008Lebanon, NJ

Dreamy-Design-in-Glo...16,743100
7/9/2008Clifton, VA

need-help-Jim11,927110
7/8/2008Bandon, OR

deltona-fl-custom-ho...12,5214140
7/6/2008Deltona Beach, FL

Ingraham-House-Chape...11,771200
6/29/2008Cary, NC

famborgie10,678100
6/26/2008Lockhart, TX

95821-Addition21,9437140
6/24/2008Sacramento, CA

Cajun-Homestead19,08512930
6/22/2008Lafayette, LA

West-Texas-Ranch-Hou...12,879110
6/18/2008Andrews, TX

Quail-Bluff-Pasco12,6869290
6/10/2008Pasco, WA

Spyders-Web10,596100
6/10/2008Norman, OK

mike-and-tori-darnle...13,124510
6/2/2008Rainbow, CA

Lin-Washington10,622100
5/29/2008Fresno, CA

Capernall-House11,468420
5/15/2008Belleville, MI

Hidden-Valley-Texas10,763100
5/7/2008Southlake, TX

cosdreamhome41,433731470
5/5/2008Colorado Springs, CO

Sowle-Family-House13,263590
4/29/2008South Burlington, VT

Cyberdoc-Residence10,973200
4/25/2008San Diego, CA

Fortune-House10,990100
4/17/2008Mooresville, NC

Joeb28,845400
4/15/2008Oakland, FL

Alvin-House11,239200
4/14/2008LaPorte, TX

Thomas-Home--Raintre...21,300271800
4/9/2008Lee's Summit, MO

Greg--Kathys-New-Hou...12,237200
4/3/2008Barryton, MI

Where-is-Waldo28,35844830
4/2/2008Marion, OH

Nimmerrichters-Fores...10,087100
4/2/2008Waldorf, MD

Mayfield-House10,699100
3/31/2008Mayfield, UT

beamanhouse10,761100
3/27/2008Manistique, MI

Kanak-ICF--Virginia15,524900
3/26/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Sheldon-St15,357300
3/21/2008Orlando, FL

Bert-25,974310
3/20/2008Southern, CA

Our-Ohio-ICF-home22,03620270
3/20/2008Mansfield, OH

ericdc11,234310
3/8/2008Uniontown, PA

EurekaHouse-ICF15,1165150
3/6/2008Berkeley, CA

Superstition-Views15,433281600
3/6/2008Mesa, AZ

Blue-Springs-Project12,9228230
2/24/2008Broken Arrow, OK

Our-House10,597100
2/24/2008Miami, FL

httpownerbuilderbook...13,342830
2/19/2008Clayton, NY

JourneyBackHome10,427100
2/3/2008Oviedo, FL

Collier-Home12,888110
2/1/2008Little Rock, AR

DDs-ICF12,430330
1/27/2008New Smyrna Bch, FL

EurekaMT-Timberframe12,0521430
1/24/2008Augusta, MI

The-Larnerd-House13,5355210
1/21/2008Newport News, VA

Casa-Bella11,377100
1/14/2008Pueblo West, CO

Gordon-Lake-House15,40117510
1/3/2008Oakland, IA

STEPHANIES-DREAM12,57417570
12/30/2007Lower Burrell, PA

Florida-Waterfront-C...14,977310
12/29/2007PB, FL

6158-in-Montgomery-T...11,324410
12/23/2007Conroe, TX

ClearwaterHills13,742260
12/14/2007Paradise Valley, AZ

BobDonna10,013100
12/12/2007Sacramento, CA

AboveTheAppleTree9,989100
12/8/2007La Farge, WI

Casa-Nostra12,254230
12/2/2007Bangor, PA

Building-the-Dream-i...13,798700
11/29/2007Gladstone, OR

Ingram-Fleming-ICF-H...16,400480
11/29/2007Plant City, FL

inniagara9,479100
11/24/2007Niagara Falls, ON

SchnabelEstate10,607240
11/16/2007Avon, IN

WeAreBuildingAgain21,44827560
11/15/2007Orlando, FL

Lake-Pleasant10,572210
11/14/2007Erie, PA

Green-for-Dean10,582100
11/10/2007San Jose, CA

The-Ponderosa12,3568220
11/4/2007Perry, OK

FlagholeRoad10,652260
10/25/2007Franklin, NH

Beckynray11,810300
10/24/2007Powhatan, VA

Spicewood-TX12,295330
10/20/2007Austin, TX

Powderhorn24,208481760
10/4/2007Florida

Luray-VA-1stTimeBuil...14,873730
10/4/2007Luray, VA

kittyfhughesnet10,360250
9/27/2007Noblesville, IN

Scott-Family10,937100
9/25/2007Trinity, AL

Taking-the-Plunge13,4366180
9/18/2007Springfield, OH

RozBuildingAdventure10,814100
9/14/2007San Pablo, CA

Helpful-Tips11,910200
9/13/2007Encinitas, CA

Poplar-Creek-Farm13,8585250
9/10/2007Oakland Park, FL

TheWillemsHome21,5881750
9/10/2007Galloway Township, NJ

ComfortHome11,391200
8/30/2007Dublin, OH

10000-sq-feet36,37422260
8/26/2007La Habra Heights, CA

Bird-house12,5133400
8/22/2007Ithaca, NY

Circle-S_ICF_House35,836462640
8/21/2007Sparta, IL

New-England-Saltbox10,789100
8/16/2007Columbia, SC

RamblewoodatJeterFar...11,6066330
8/10/2007Kansas City, MO

Kraemer-Collinwood-H...11,203200
7/21/2007Delano, MN

BigOakBuilderTX14,828270
7/20/2007Wharton, TX

Johnson-Family-Dream11,049100
7/20/2007Normal, IL

19225-ROBERTSON-ST17,74214250
7/12/2007Orlando, FL

Thattle-Dew-Farm11,000220
7/12/2007Halls Harbour, NS

WindyJ14,98111260
7/2/2007Knoxville, TN

Vistoso-Green-Home12,298310
6/28/2007Tucson, AZ

Lewis-Chapel-House16,511200
6/25/2007Dunlap, TN

father-daughter10,554200
6/25/2007Loveland, CO

davewhite11,532100
6/24/2007Nanaimo, BC

NutmegWedgefieldOrla...12,516600
6/22/2007Orlando, FL

4600SF-Dream-Home-in...14,612410
6/19/2007Mooresville, NC

Coeur-dAlene-Idaho-H...12,385240
6/13/2007Coeur d Alene, ID

Tampa-Bay13,964490
6/10/2007Ruskin, FL

Dream-In-Progress14,412540
6/7/2007Shawnee, KS

todd-in-tullahoma10,920100
6/4/2007tullahoma, TN

TheOwens11,703300
6/1/2007Dickson, TN

Country-Cleaver11,833140
5/29/2007Springfield, IL

South-Dakota-Lake-Ho...12,0916110
5/23/2007Sioux Falls, SD

Gods-Home11,239200
5/18/2007Eustis, FL

hammock11,094110
5/14/2007Martinez, GA

Grove-St-Rocklin11,178300
5/13/2007Orangevale, CA

Gardeners-Delight12,007330
5/13/2007Norristown, PA

Newman-Family12,025100
4/26/2007oralndo, FL

do-over-house12,687200
4/25/2007Roseville, CA

Mountain-Building11,404370
4/21/2007Hiawassee, GA

Alaskan-Log-Home12,728120
4/15/2007Tok, AK

Warner-Dream12,926600
4/11/2007Astatula, FL

RehmannSchreiner13,92118150
4/2/2007Maple Grove, MN

outspokenbikeguy13,5624140
3/29/2007Sanford, FL

SmelltheForest35,855471480
3/23/2007Colorado Springs, CO

PolkCityProject15,2177110
3/21/2007Norcross, GA

DwaynePam12,061200
3/21/2007Normal, IL

cypressknoll11,130100
3/20/2007Palm Coast, FL

candlepower19,151241550
3/20/2007Lansing, IA

Team-Rosa11,997200
3/19/2007Springfield, VA

GLOUCESTER11,677120
3/17/2007Newport News, VA

Ohiodreamhome12,0584140
3/16/2007Reynoldsburg, OH

Gypsy-Love12,545110
3/12/2007Highland, NY

Forrest-Towne11,739220
3/10/2007Brinnon, WA

Dreams-Come-True11,005100
3/8/2007Glen St Mary, FL

Almost-A-Country-Gir...11,018100
3/7/2007Addison Township, MI

BrandonBuildingBlog11,795100
3/4/2007Layton, UT

SafecreteHouse13,059300
3/4/2007Raleigh, NC

newbie-12,171100
2/21/2007North Plains, OR

BuzzardsNest14,409310
2/14/2007Saint Lucie, FL

woodfamilyhome12,516200
2/10/2007Keno, OR

vegascastle11,837100
2/3/2007Henderson, NV

newsteel17,810100
1/28/2007Florence, SC

Dream-Home-200712,353100
1/27/2007Gwynn Oak, MD

DelgadosAdobeAbode12,742200
1/18/2007San Diego, CA

bobindeltona14,972250
1/14/2007Deltona, FL

Highland6412,451300
1/8/2007New Orleans, LA

SmallProjectSilverSp...17,8061020
1/7/2007Silver Springs, NV

BeehlerHome22,72911640
1/3/2007Kalamazoo, MI

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What are some of the discouraging comments you have heard from others about acting as your own contractor?


Marvin in McConoughey, OR said: None.  People who knew us believed that we could and would do it.

Terry in Hayfork, CA said: None really.

Susan said: too stressful
Ike in Edmonton, Alberta said: You just cannot relax - the buck stops here, so expect to solve and fix every problem - As O B this what you are being paid for 
Frank in Bridgewater, NJ said: if it were so great why isn't everyone doing it ? 
Mike in Bonham, TX said: The frustration of trying to deal with subs when you don't have the knowledge or confidence to address technical issues. 

Brooke in Burley, ID said: meeting your budget or timeline
Ross in Hillsboro, OR said: U-build it claims you can't get their 10% pricing discount for materials.  
Gail in Glencoe , CA said: "Why would you do this?"
"How long has this taken you?"
"How long has Topsider been designing houses?"

Jeff in Hartland, WI said: The same comment came up again and again: subs won't show up if they have work from a contractor that they do regular business with.  We didn't see this at all (but then again, we built in the middle of the mortgage crisis, so few contractors were actually doing any building). 
LTanya in Virginia Beach, VA said: None, but I should have just been the contractor
Jack in Trumann, AR said: The only one I guess I ever heard of was from a young couple at church. They evidently had serious problem with their subs and they now say they'll never do it again. They say next time they'll just buy a pre-built home. But I'd guess that they weren't really prepared for what they were getting into when they started and that's the real reason for their disappointment.
Faye in Marseilles, IL said: just that ob's don't have the experience to build a home properly
Brock in Walla Walla, WA said: Takes too long, it's too much headache
Pat in Round Rock, TX said: You'll never rest until it's finished.
Steve in Anthem, AZ said: yes, the subs try to take advantage of a non professional. more money upfront.
Eric in Seaville, NJ said: Just the usual. Can't save any money, and won't get the same quality. None of which are true.
Roger in Petoskey, MI said: Yes.  A local architect and contractor (both of whom I grew up with their kids) were very discouraging.  Classic comments like "would you come to me if you needed a neurosurgery" and " it just doesn't work, you end up spending more".
John in Port Republic, MD said:

are you crazy?

You every going to finish you house?

you might as well give up.

That house is going to fall down.


Kenneth in Lees Summit, MO said:

1) O-B don't save any money

2) O-B get worse quality

3) O-B just think they save money and get better quality


Brian in South Burlington, VT said:

To much work!

Subs not showing up.

Not knowledgable enough with building trades. 


Jedda in Brighton, ON said:

too much work

don't know enough about the codes


Craig in Green Bay, WI said: I really don't listen to that stuff.

Karl in Reno, NV said:

Won't be done right!


Definitely Dreaming in Hampton, VA said: yeah
Aimee in Kalamazoo, MI said: inspector warned us before we even applied for our permit that he's seen many owner builders not end up saving any money because of their lack of experience
Lori in Reno, NV said: No one in our lifes were negitive about us building.
Dan in ATLANTA, GA said: that I need to spend the money to hire a REAL contractor
Richard in Malabar, FL said: Don't do it if you want to keep your sanity.  Since my friends have always called me crazy, it's not a big deal.
Max in OKC, OK said: no time
Karlie in Ogden, UT said: None really, just the one about your marriage being able to survive it all.
Kathlyn in Orlando, FL said:

none


Mark in Provo, UT said: "Nobody will work for you."
"You couldn't handle it."
"You'll lose money."
"You won't build quality."
"It's high risk."
"It's not legal around here."
"Your neighbors won't appreciate it."
"You'll hurt yourself."

Jeff in Provo, UT said:

Most people say that you can't get the same discounts that they get or that subs don't care about working for you as much as they care about working for a general. 

I found both of these excuses to be nothing more than that.


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The Case of the Law School Professor

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Blaine L., a law professor from Louisiana, got interested in owner-building after talking with a bright young man in his law class who had done it. This student was a medical doctor going for an additional degree as a lawyer. He had built his own home, acting as contractor, for $350,000. The house appraised on completion for $800,000.

An astute owner-builder, the doctor brought the house in at a very low $39 a square foot. Simple math says he was paid $450,000 for about a year's work. Unlike his medical (or legal) earnings, this compensation was entirely tax-free. Since the equity constitutes pure wealth, we estimate his gain to be the equivalent of $4.5 million in ordinary salary. Probably more than 20 years of earnings for a highly skilled practitioner.

Another young professional couple that Blaine knows recognized the opportunity to generate wealth by owner-building. After having their new home estimated at $240,000 by a general contractor, this couple took off work for a month and devoted themselves to getting competitive bids on each component of their planned house. They reduced the cost in just one month from $240,000 to $160,000 for their house. Their instant equity of $80,000 translates to a salary equivalent of $800,000. (See Chapter Two of The Owner-Builder Book , "A Dime Saved is a Dollar Earned".)

A bright legal mind, Blaine came to the conclusion that he, too, should owner-build.

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