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Barrel-Race7,080771570
TuesdayHouston, TX

Vilano-Beach--Water-...21,198391170
4/5/2014Saint Augustine, FL

HudsonHouse7,004300
4/2/2014Omaha, NE

Tanglewood86,6937862,22242
3/24/2014Colorado Springs, CO

697MarlinAustinArea1,18218910
3/15/2014Austin/McDade, TX

1860s-Texas-rehabnew...43,129441910
3/14/2014Boerne, TX

Bladenkirk529640
3/13/2014White Oak, NC

P-Wade-Crocker409100
3/12/2014Spring, TX

Shana486200
3/11/2014Chaffee, MO

OwensNewHome59,9961033810
2/2/2014Chandler, AZ

Du-Lock-Lane1,293200
2/1/2014Houston, TX

Family-Affair10,593440
1/31/2014Saint Petersburg, FL

TheCastle9,982270
1/23/2014Cheshire, CT

The-Last-Rodeo9,65827100
1/14/2014Angel Fire, NM

TheHoskensProject58,5141504333
12/31/2013Dome-ville, central, FL

NorthPoleHome30,218341330
12/29/2013North Pole, AK

navarre-village-buil...1,182100
12/26/2013Gulf Breeze, FL

Seven-Peaks-Faswall-...34,827483181
11/18/2013Graeagle, CA

The-Dailey-Project1,771100
10/27/2013Pompano Beach, FL

Beaver-Creek-Ranch30,277213210
10/15/2013Hayfork, CA

The-Cortes-Adventure17,683520
10/14/2013Snowflake, AZ

jeff3,861300
8/29/2013Jackson, MO

Miami-FL-country-hom...5,371320
7/30/2013Miami, FL

Brevard-County--Pt-S...2,557100
7/17/2013Rockledge, FL

Dream-Build-Austin-T...4,156300
4/17/2013Austin, TX

Eschete-Dome22,38630530
12/24/2012Lafayette, LA

ChapelHillNCBob5,563110
10/23/2012Chapel Hill, NC

The-Skimino-Bluff6,9673130
10/13/2012Williamsburg, VA

Octagon-in-Glencoe-C...48,786144110
10/8/2012Glencoe , CA

nateshomemtpeakview4,667100
9/29/2012

sherman20,041221560
9/27/2012Downers Grove, IL

Omaha9,170380
9/13/2012Omaha, NE

Holy-Hill-House16,48435530
8/27/2012Richfield, WI

Omega-CEO5,620110
8/13/2012Manassas, VA

JayHouse10,3277190
6/22/2012Sebastopol, CA

30233,38223770
5/20/2012Belfair, WA

SunburnStateHome6,306110
3/6/2012Charlotte County, FL

VICTOR-MONTANA8,103110
2/22/2012Victor, MT

Houston-720125966,793100
1/21/2012Houston, TX

Workshop15,596630
1/8/2012Florissant, CO

Our-simple-home11,816223080
12/5/2011LaPorte, IN

ICF-Construction19,372500
11/11/2011Elkridge, MD

Little-Help-from-my-...12,27011150
11/4/2011Rockwall, TX

YaNYca14,013810
10/29/2011Boston, MA

The-Man-Refuge10,846310
10/19/2011San Antonio, TX

mckernanmc11,152320
10/6/2011Amite, LA

Large-Family-Compoun...7,443200
9/23/2011Covington, GA

Woodchuck-Ridge10,300480
9/12/2011Akron, OH

Forever-Home-Sweet-H...20,93334310
8/24/2011Issaquah, WA

Clarksville-MD9,076200
8/22/2011Eldersburg, MD

steve-n-carolyn16,3224140
8/21/2011Sun City, CA

Old-York8,169200
7/27/2011Bridgewater, NJ

Carriage-House17,07820282
7/24/2011Ft. Collins, CO

DomeSweetDome22,31018291
6/4/2011Suffolk, VA

Goodpasture24,166562880
5/28/2011Westminster, CO

Marks-Log-Cabin13,931392210
5/12/2011Altoona, PA

Bill21,129100
5/4/2011Tucson, AZ

Mueller-Dream-Home8,802100
4/15/2011

Oklahoma-Steel10,747650
4/13/2011Minco, OK

DutchG8,419200
4/5/2011

HiddenInOhio10,3219130
4/1/2011Elyria, OH

MagnoliaHouse8,868100
3/29/2011Houston, TX

Buffaloader13,729200
1/11/2011Valley Center, KS

SouthernEcoHome27,80720210
1/9/2011Blacksburg, VA

Austrian-Chalet14,144780
1/2/2011Twin Lakes, CO

Vista-Ridge13,18021660
12/21/2010Swanton, OH

OurFarmstead28,439601890
12/10/2010Pennsylvania

AirparkHome-Remodel29,62422460
11/8/2010Hillsboro, OR

Holloway10,870200
11/7/2010Petersburg, VA

Building-Our-Lakefro...9,761110
11/5/2010Piscataway, NJ

SunburyGalena-Build9,022100
11/3/2010Galena, OH

BUILDING-OUR-GREEN-D...9,884800
11/2/2010Pattison, TX

RR-Homestead23,99031740
10/26/2010Janesville, CA

Casa-Paradiso-Vieque...9,836200
10/19/2010Chelsea, MA

Millerbuild11,1035110
10/1/2010Carstairs, AB

Delisledigs11,517300
9/16/2010Jacksonville, FL

h20dave11,344430
9/10/2010Waterloo, AL

Mountain-Idyl11,091900
9/9/2010Asheville, NC

High-over-Lake-Granb...14,57512230
9/8/2010Granbury, TX

Homestead35,95764850
9/8/2010Smithville, MO

philandjan12,950100
9/2/2010

Commons10,174200
8/21/2010Atascocita, TX

Our-First-OB-home10,563300
7/27/2010Gardner, KS

Louisiana-Mediterran...20,113311870
7/21/2010Sunset, LA

Crows-Nest9,840100
7/20/2010

Patterson-Project10,407400
7/16/2010John's Island, SC

Hidden-Meadow-Home12,4522100
7/13/2010Murrieta, CA

New-house-in-Selah-W...10,201140
7/4/2010Belfair, WA

Arnold-CA-Alpine-cha...20,91622100
7/2/2010Arnold, CA

Working-Wilton39,896343010
6/16/2010Wilton, NH

JJ-Residence9,621100
6/7/2010San Antonio, TX

Thompson-Valley-Home10,823330
6/6/2010Monticello, FL

Naperville-Webster-S...26,3652360
5/21/2010Naperville, IL

Gary--Suzi11,067100
5/7/2010

crystal-falls-home28,83320270
5/5/2010Cedar Park, TX

Kapoho-Retirement-Ho...10,896130
5/4/2010Santa Ana, CA

NC--New-Construction10,496100
5/3/2010

Collins-on-Cobblesto...11,49621910
4/30/2010Waynesville, NC

Dwight--Colleen-Hart...11,901130
4/30/2010Vaughn, WA

Riley32,81732950
4/29/2010Cave Creek, AZ

The-New-Ries-Homeste...14,89319980
4/21/2010Polk/Richfield/Erin/Hartford, WI

The-Season9,541130
4/10/2010Mount Airy, NC

The-Naas-Place10,051200
3/30/2010Pittsburg, CA

Phil-and-Lauras-home13,106400
3/20/2010Tulsa, OK

Southport-NC-Home17,542201281
3/18/2010Southport, NC

Loris25,003110
3/11/2010

Seaton-Station10,248140
3/10/2010Siloam Springs, AR

Backwoods-Project14,304390
3/4/2010Jeffersonville, GA

ICF-in-Ann-Arbor26,230293710
1/25/2010Dexter, MI

DancingPines10,991200
1/25/2010Clinton, LA

Log-Cabin10,591150
1/23/2010indianapolis, IN

The-Kinzel-House9,986100
1/21/2010New Orleans, LA

PahrumpProject17,0685390
1/17/2010Spokane, WA

TheBeachHouse14,64213200
1/16/2010Shoreline, WA

Artist-Haven-Home14,959970
1/13/2010Kansas City, MO

SOPHIA--SAMUELDELAWA...17,40811310
12/2/2009Smyrna, DE

Plant-City-Craftsman16,8304100
11/22/2009Plant City, FL

WestermanFarm11,445130
11/10/2009Dickson, TN

Shane22,517600
10/31/2009San Antonio, TX

ADCountryHome12,8721130
10/31/2009Fort Worth, TX

ICF-Keller-Tx51,222321220
10/6/2009Roanoke, TX

digs24,232100
9/30/2009Tracy City, TN

threegables21,399201340
9/29/2009Hartland, WI

LittleLakeCorner72,8771016040
9/29/2009Groveland, FL

Utah-Casa11,596200
9/28/2009Saratoga Springs, UT

Tornado-Reconstructi...11,044800
9/24/2009Port Neches, TX

toolehouse50,307891450
9/20/2009Reno, NV

Bobs-Blog53,003614140
9/16/2009New Florence, PA

Blessings10,210100
9/11/2009farmville, NC

Schrammelot15,9987900
9/11/2009Pierson, FL

PennsmithLostValleyT...35,865552150
9/9/2009Dripping Springs, TX

River-House10,647220
9/7/2009Clinton, NJ

SantaFe-in-AJ10,390100
8/28/2009Apache Junction, AZ

Dennis-Dream-Home30,068385050
8/27/2009Readington Twp, NJ

Massive-Undertaking11,5401100
8/26/2009Wimauma, FL

Lafayette10,298200
8/11/2009Cramerton, NC

Dream-site-on-the-La...11,089200
8/5/2009La Porte, TX

Williams-New-Home-Si...10,340110
8/2/2009Windsor, NC

Cobblestone-Lane10,426100
7/30/2009Great Falls, MT

PensacolaBeachHouse10,238110
6/22/2009Gulf Breeze, FL

12YEARSINTHEPLANNING10,883120
6/16/2009LADSON, SC

Steinys-Hideaway10,858200
6/9/2009Venice, CA

DreamHome29,502261900
6/7/2009Orlando, FL

CastleHeims20,77221590
6/5/2009Cedar Rapids, IA

Utah-Warehouse10,105220
5/20/2009Fairview, UT

Where-to-start12,441610
5/16/2009Lemoore, CA

Castle-Rock-Lakehous...16,36010840
4/27/2009Necedah, WI

Oleg25,982360
4/22/2009San Diego, CA

MoeCompound10,271340
4/9/2009Camano Island, WA

Huckleberry-Home10,344200
4/8/2009Williamstown, NJ

Vonk24,245100
4/7/2009Zeeland, MI

Small-Timber-Frame14,682110
4/2/2009Central Mass, MA

EatonLoch-Haven11,138110
4/1/2009Roanoke, VA

windowsnsiding10,202110
3/28/2009Long Island, NY

Arkansas-First-Timer25,87139880
3/27/2009Trumann, AR

Back-Home-In-Crisp12,428111510
3/22/2009Ennis, TX

Victor--Susan-0820,345211210
3/17/2009Ruckersville, VA

Rick-and-Tinas-dream...11,661120
3/14/2009Auburndale, FL

Keener-Road13,0514100
3/11/2009Elizabethtown, PA

NC-Newbie10,958100
3/10/2009Boone, NC

MadisonGA11,1811130
2/26/2009Madison, GA

Techbuilt-Scammed12,620100
2/25/2009Rebew, LA

choanne83110,217100
2/9/2009charlotte, NC

WilliamsinVegas34,013301190
1/29/2009Henderson, NV

PhilesBryant12,068260
1/20/2009graham, WA

MortgageSmart10,441100
1/19/2009Cocoa, FL

QuarterlyHouse57,917136990
1/12/2009Orlando, FL

RabbitRun19,778311690
1/11/2009Afton, VA

Sonave-Sunsets10,546120
1/9/2009Yucca, AZ

Heart-of-PA16,1459160
1/6/2009Lewistown, PA

Krusehome11,619200
12/27/2008Lake City, FL

BrunkHouseAlmaKansas15,626260
12/26/2008Garden Grove, CA

Raider-Bills-Tenn-Ho...14,6386320
12/22/2008Largo, FL

Andel-Ranch28,312334020
12/17/2008Rogers, TX

Elijahs-Home11,804460
12/6/2008Vero Beach, FL

ranch-house10,435100
11/25/2008springfield, IL

Howard-Georgia-Retir...16,068670
11/9/2008Harlem, GA

The-Woods-Journal11,307110
11/6/2008Doraville, GA

StansTLH16,0301090
11/1/2008Tehachapi, CA

Kevin--Kerrys-Dream11,580350
10/17/2008Northvale, NJ

Katabatic-Wind12,187470
10/16/2008Huntsville, AL

Elmhurst-Modern13,637120
10/14/2008elmhurst, IL

Accessible-House11,6073100
10/14/2008Munford, TN

Cherry-Valley-Vista10,662120
10/5/2008Duvall, WA

Jon-and-Mollys-House18,277150
9/25/2008Ellicott City, MD

Proctor-ICF11,735110
9/25/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Hawaiian-Bungalo18,075111020
9/23/2008Holualoa, HI

Pete--Rhiannon12,748430
9/19/2008Springfield, MO

2008-Cedar-Ln17,56414350
9/19/2008Seaville, NJ

dmaceld20,76814880
9/16/2008Nampa, ID

Help-with-Goulds-and...12,904100
9/16/2008tampa, FL

Consulting10,306100
9/2/2008Orlando, FL

AlaskaICFREMOTEHouse16,72419380
8/17/2008Wasilla, AK

NC-Pond-House11,770320
8/4/2008Wilmington, NC

MargaritaVilla11,387240
8/4/2008Raleigh, NC

Latest-update12,6828100
8/4/2008Sierra Vista, AZ

ANDREA11,270400
8/2/2008Dallas, TX

The-Ridges14,04211130
7/31/2008Logan, UT

Avenida-Del-Sol15,17513520
7/31/2008Peoria, AZ

dream-home-ohio11,336600
7/30/2008Zanesville, OH

Penetang-Craftsman10,964360
7/27/2008Penetanguishene, ON

Tristan--11,421600
7/25/2008Lebanon, NJ

Dreamy-Design-in-Glo...16,723100
7/9/2008Clifton, VA

need-help-Jim11,903110
7/8/2008Bandon, OR

deltona-fl-custom-ho...12,5004140
7/6/2008Deltona Beach, FL

Ingraham-House-Chape...11,755200
6/29/2008Cary, NC

famborgie10,658100
6/26/2008Lockhart, TX

95821-Addition21,9217140
6/24/2008Sacramento, CA

Cajun-Homestead19,05312930
6/22/2008Lafayette, LA

West-Texas-Ranch-Hou...12,858110
6/18/2008Andrews, TX

Quail-Bluff-Pasco12,6639290
6/10/2008Pasco, WA

Spyders-Web10,562100
6/10/2008Norman, OK

mike-and-tori-darnle...13,095510
6/2/2008Rainbow, CA

Lin-Washington10,604100
5/29/2008Fresno, CA

Capernall-House11,447420
5/15/2008Belleville, MI

Hidden-Valley-Texas10,742100
5/7/2008Southlake, TX

cosdreamhome41,400731470
5/5/2008Colorado Springs, CO

Sowle-Family-House13,238590
4/29/2008South Burlington, VT

Cyberdoc-Residence10,952200
4/25/2008San Diego, CA

Fortune-House10,978100
4/17/2008Mooresville, NC

Joeb28,809400
4/15/2008Oakland, FL

Alvin-House11,219200
4/14/2008LaPorte, TX

Thomas-Home--Raintre...21,275271800
4/9/2008Lee's Summit, MO

Greg--Kathys-New-Hou...12,211200
4/3/2008Barryton, MI

Where-is-Waldo28,32444830
4/2/2008Marion, OH

Nimmerrichters-Fores...10,065100
4/2/2008Waldorf, MD

Mayfield-House10,679100
3/31/2008Mayfield, UT

beamanhouse10,728100
3/27/2008Manistique, MI

Kanak-ICF--Virginia15,501900
3/26/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Sheldon-St15,327300
3/21/2008Orlando, FL

Bert-25,911310
3/20/2008Southern, CA

Our-Ohio-ICF-home22,01320270
3/20/2008Mansfield, OH

ericdc11,215310
3/8/2008Uniontown, PA

EurekaHouse-ICF15,0925150
3/6/2008Berkeley, CA

Superstition-Views15,407281600
3/6/2008Mesa, AZ

Blue-Springs-Project12,8938230
2/24/2008Broken Arrow, OK

Our-House10,570100
2/24/2008Miami, FL

httpownerbuilderbook...13,319830
2/19/2008Clayton, NY

JourneyBackHome10,408100
2/3/2008Oviedo, FL

Collier-Home12,862110
2/1/2008Little Rock, AR

DDs-ICF12,410330
1/27/2008New Smyrna Bch, FL

EurekaMT-Timberframe12,0351430
1/24/2008Augusta, MI

The-Larnerd-House13,5155210
1/21/2008Newport News, VA

Casa-Bella11,355100
1/14/2008Pueblo West, CO

Gordon-Lake-House15,37717510
1/3/2008Oakland, IA

STEPHANIES-DREAM12,56217570
12/30/2007Lower Burrell, PA

Florida-Waterfront-C...14,950310
12/29/2007PB, FL

6158-in-Montgomery-T...11,301410
12/23/2007Conroe, TX

ClearwaterHills13,712260
12/14/2007Paradise Valley, AZ

BobDonna9,989100
12/12/2007Sacramento, CA

AboveTheAppleTree9,967100
12/8/2007La Farge, WI

Casa-Nostra12,228230
12/2/2007Bangor, PA

Building-the-Dream-i...13,775700
11/29/2007Gladstone, OR

Ingram-Fleming-ICF-H...16,377480
11/29/2007Plant City, FL

inniagara9,463100
11/24/2007Niagara Falls, ON

SchnabelEstate10,582240
11/16/2007Avon, IN

WeAreBuildingAgain21,39927560
11/15/2007Orlando, FL

Lake-Pleasant10,542210
11/14/2007Erie, PA

Green-for-Dean10,561100
11/10/2007San Jose, CA

The-Ponderosa12,3308220
11/4/2007Perry, OK

FlagholeRoad10,624260
10/25/2007Franklin, NH

Beckynray11,785300
10/24/2007Powhatan, VA

Spicewood-TX12,272330
10/20/2007Austin, TX

Powderhorn24,170481760
10/4/2007Florida

Luray-VA-1stTimeBuil...14,853730
10/4/2007Luray, VA

kittyfhughesnet10,329250
9/27/2007Noblesville, IN

Scott-Family10,914100
9/25/2007Trinity, AL

Taking-the-Plunge13,4116180
9/18/2007Springfield, OH

RozBuildingAdventure10,794100
9/14/2007San Pablo, CA

Helpful-Tips11,890200
9/13/2007Encinitas, CA

Poplar-Creek-Farm13,8305250
9/10/2007Oakland Park, FL

TheWillemsHome21,5551750
9/10/2007Galloway Township, NJ

ComfortHome11,365200
8/30/2007Dublin, OH

10000-sq-feet36,34922260
8/26/2007La Habra Heights, CA

Bird-house12,4883400
8/22/2007Ithaca, NY

Circle-S_ICF_House35,777462640
8/21/2007Sparta, IL

New-England-Saltbox10,769100
8/16/2007Columbia, SC

RamblewoodatJeterFar...11,5856330
8/10/2007Kansas City, MO

Kraemer-Collinwood-H...11,179200
7/21/2007Delano, MN

BigOakBuilderTX14,800270
7/20/2007Wharton, TX

Johnson-Family-Dream11,029100
7/20/2007Normal, IL

19225-ROBERTSON-ST17,71714250
7/12/2007Orlando, FL

Thattle-Dew-Farm10,980220
7/12/2007Halls Harbour, NS

WindyJ14,95111260
7/2/2007Knoxville, TN

Vistoso-Green-Home12,277310
6/28/2007Tucson, AZ

Lewis-Chapel-House16,479200
6/25/2007Dunlap, TN

father-daughter10,528200
6/25/2007Loveland, CO

davewhite11,510100
6/24/2007Nanaimo, BC

NutmegWedgefieldOrla...12,494600
6/22/2007Orlando, FL

4600SF-Dream-Home-in...14,587410
6/19/2007Mooresville, NC

Coeur-dAlene-Idaho-H...12,364240
6/13/2007Coeur d Alene, ID

Tampa-Bay13,940490
6/10/2007Ruskin, FL

Dream-In-Progress14,380540
6/7/2007Shawnee, KS

todd-in-tullahoma10,904100
6/4/2007tullahoma, TN

TheOwens11,682300
6/1/2007Dickson, TN

Country-Cleaver11,807140
5/29/2007Springfield, IL

South-Dakota-Lake-Ho...12,0746110
5/23/2007Sioux Falls, SD

Gods-Home11,219200
5/18/2007Eustis, FL

hammock11,073110
5/14/2007Martinez, GA

Grove-St-Rocklin11,154300
5/13/2007Orangevale, CA

Gardeners-Delight11,985330
5/13/2007Norristown, PA

Newman-Family11,997100
4/26/2007oralndo, FL

do-over-house12,650200
4/25/2007Roseville, CA

Mountain-Building11,382370
4/21/2007Hiawassee, GA

Alaskan-Log-Home12,709120
4/15/2007Tok, AK

Warner-Dream12,904600
4/11/2007Astatula, FL

RehmannSchreiner13,89418150
4/2/2007Maple Grove, MN

outspokenbikeguy13,5464140
3/29/2007Sanford, FL

SmelltheForest35,814471480
3/23/2007Colorado Springs, CO

PolkCityProject15,2007110
3/21/2007Norcross, GA

DwaynePam12,038200
3/21/2007Normal, IL

cypressknoll11,104100
3/20/2007Palm Coast, FL

candlepower19,122241550
3/20/2007Lansing, IA

Team-Rosa11,974200
3/19/2007Springfield, VA

GLOUCESTER11,656120
3/17/2007Newport News, VA

Ohiodreamhome12,0364140
3/16/2007Reynoldsburg, OH

Gypsy-Love12,527110
3/12/2007Highland, NY

Forrest-Towne11,712220
3/10/2007Brinnon, WA

Dreams-Come-True10,984100
3/8/2007Glen St Mary, FL

Almost-A-Country-Gir...10,994100
3/7/2007Addison Township, MI

BrandonBuildingBlog11,780100
3/4/2007Layton, UT

SafecreteHouse13,031300
3/4/2007Raleigh, NC

newbie-12,141100
2/21/2007North Plains, OR

BuzzardsNest14,383310
2/14/2007Saint Lucie, FL

woodfamilyhome12,495200
2/10/2007Keno, OR

vegascastle11,814100
2/3/2007Henderson, NV

newsteel17,784100
1/28/2007Florence, SC

Dream-Home-200712,319100
1/27/2007Gwynn Oak, MD

DelgadosAdobeAbode12,713200
1/18/2007San Diego, CA

bobindeltona14,939250
1/14/2007Deltona, FL

Highland6412,428300
1/8/2007New Orleans, LA

SmallProjectSilverSp...17,7611020
1/7/2007Silver Springs, NV

BeehlerHome22,68911640
1/3/2007Kalamazoo, MI

eveningshade12,026110
12/25/2006Evening Shade, AR

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Previous Owner-Builder Survey

What are the qualifications to be a good O-B?


Susan said: planning and patience
Ike in Edmonton, Alberta said: Knowledge and skill but primarily management experience leveraging the knowledge and skills.
Frank in Bridgewater, NJ said: being a good parent - as subs tend to act like kids
Steven in Colorado Springs, CO said:
  • Hard work.
  • Hard work.
  • Hard work.
  • Having a wad of spare cash on hand to handle emergencies doesn't hurt either.

Jo-Lynn in Issaquah, WA said: Knowing your limitations and having the smarts/humility to know when to ask for help.  Project management skills are key.
Rob in Downers Grove, IL said: Need to understand project management and finance. Should also be able to evaluate work quality of the subs.

Brian in Dome-ville, central, FL said: Be naive.  You need to be to get started, otherwise you'd never get going!

Terry in Hayfork, CA said: Must have a good sense of construction and the various trades.

Jim in Williamston, NC said: Perseverance-planning
Fred in Kingston, Ontario said: Clear Thinking Problem Splving Abilities, level headed, calm and fair.
Brooke in Burley, ID said: Determination, patience, thinking outside the box, optimism, flexibility
Ross in Hillsboro, OR said: Patience.  Good Record keeping.  Planning Planning.  Patience.
Gail in Glencoe , CA said: Patience and a sense of humor and a willingness to spend time learning before you do it.

Mike in Bonham, TX said: Make time to do the planning, supervision, understand the trades and relationships of each job to the other.
Jeff in Hartland, WI said: Planning ability
Jack in Trumann, AR said: I don't know that I was a good O-B so I'm not sure my opinion should hold much weight. But I guess I'd say lots of planning, patience and common sense. You also need to be able to get along with people and be tactful because subs can screw you over pretty easily if you make them mad. Obviously, you need to be well organized too. No doubt you can get the job done without these attributes but you're probably going to have a hard time of it and your personal relationships are likely to suffer.
Mike in Upstate, NY said: Be able to handle pressure. Muti taks is a major deal and have a cell phone and computer all the time.
LTanya in Virginia Beach, VA said: Keep your eyes wide open, doe the research and understand exactly what those architectural plans mean in plain english. Pay attention, close attention to details not matter how small.
Faye in Marseilles, IL said: Be willing and able to do tons of research Be able to make quick decisions and be willing to compromise Be ready to roll up your sleeves and work Know what you want and what you can live without Negotiation skills
Mike in Marion, OH said: The ability to read. Educate yourself on the terms of the trade. And a good work ethic.
Jamie in Cedar Park, TX said: time, knowledge and ability to negotiate

Bret in Rhome, TX said: persistance, cash flow, able to visualize the finished product.
Gregory in New Braunfels, TX said:

1. Attention to Detail

2. Be extremely well versed on "The Plan" end-to-end

3. Stay ahead of the Project, always anticipating (looking ahead) for the next step to ensure all components and phase will fit as planned

4. Understand the work enough to be prepared to challenge Subs for better efficiency and lower cost.

 


Brock in Walla Walla, WA said: Organization, perseverence, and good communication with spouse. I build she decorates, picks colors, designs window treatment and landscaping
Pat in Round Rock, TX said:

Proper Planing Prevents Piss Pour Performance!


Steve in Anthem, AZ said: The sub contractors can make or break you. Get subs that are low priced but have a large enough fleet to show up when you need them. Be very clear on exactly what the sub will supply and do for the money that you have agreed to. You must be at the job site at least once per day and you must schedule about 2 weeks out.
Brian in Dexter, MI said: patience, project management, bargain shopping
Dayna in Riverton, UT said: Willingness to learn and ask questions, tons of questions.  It helps to know what you want when it comes to cosmetic features and have agreements made with your significant other prior to the start of construction to avoid unnecessary fights (there are plenty that will come up in other areas).  Have as many bids as you can prior to starting construction and add at least 10-20% extra for changes you may make along the way.  Everyone goes at least a little over budget.
Roger in Petoskey, MI said:

Good communication skills

Have to be little anal


Ken in Orangevale, CA said: I am glad I know how to do most of the work and that I am a good negotiator. Patience is definitely a virtue. Being organized is a requirement, and having an understanding partner (my wife) was a critical part of success. 
John in Port Republic, MD said:

Commitment

dedication

make a decision

be organized

Do your homework before you build.

I think that the 1000 hours is too little time to get things planned before you build. Planning is the key to sucess. we lived with our floor plan for 2 years and still made changes!

run it like a business

keep good records and a calender.

if your spouse is involved, both be on the same page

and most of all, be willing to compromise. Things happen and changes do occur.

 


Kenneth in Lees Summit, MO said:

Good organization.  You hire and subcontract what you don't know.  If you don't know anything about residential construction, you hire an independent inspector.  This is no different than hiring an excavator, framer, electrician, HVAC tech, plumber, or any other trade.  If you can keep it all organized, communication between the trades, you will save money.\

Problem solving skills.  When problems happen, most people ask why and who is to blame, and therefore who should pay for it.  This takes time and is counterproductive, you should be looking for solutions first.  You can sort out who pays for it later, you need a solution today.

For example, what happens when your plumbing supply warehouse (who you were just getting ready to put in your order) burns completely to the ground?  They are no longer interested in new orders, in fact will not accept them, which means you need a new supplier, and fast because your plumber is coming next week.


Ray in Richmond Hill, GA said:

a little building trade knowledge, a lot of management skill


Penn in Pittsboro, NC said: Paitience, organization and attention to detail, knowing what you want and the ability to communicate it to subs, flexiable time schedule

Brian in South Burlington, VT said:

Lot's of vacation time!!!

understand the building process before you break ground.

CONTRACTS!!!!!


Brian in Manvel, TX said:

Patience

Don't sweat the small stuff- if it's not in concrete, it can be changed

Some building knowledge would go a long way in not getting shafted by a trade


John in Bonne Terre, MO said: Get lots and lots of information.  Take your time and make decisions based on your needs and desires.  Shop hard.
Jedda in Brighton, ON said:

You have to be able to force yourself to do the work even after it stops being fun.

 


Craig in Green Bay, WI said: PLAN PLAN PLAN PLAN
STUDY STUDY STUDY ( your info was the best I've found thanks)
Plan somemore
Using your tools helped (contracts spread sheets ect...)
study planning timelines



Lori in Reno, NV said:

Organizational skills and patience.


Karl in Reno, NV said: Detailist, not Generalist
Definitely Dreaming in Hampton, VA said: knowledge of the trades you plan on doing your self and then have basic knowledge of what you sub out
Aimee in Kalamazoo, MI said: organized, interested in building, good communication,
Aimee in Kalamazoo, MI said:

motivated, well-organized, enjoy building process, assertive, good communication


Bob in Deltona, FL said:

RESEARCH

KNOW WHAT YOU WANT

HAVE THE TIME TO INVEST

 


Richard in Malabar, FL said: Common sense, and an engineering background.
Max in OKC, OK said: Be able to require quality work or have someone who can - wife manages well unless needed to be firm, then husband had to step in - persistent as a bulldog
Jeff in Provo, UT said: Planning and more planning.
Phillip in Fayetteville, GA said: Passion and attention to details.
Kathlyn in Orlando, FL said:

Organized, disciplined. 

Backbone.

Careful. Don't proceed till you understand.


Kari in Colbert, WA said: good with money and a lot of persistence and self discipline.
Mary in Yuma, AZ said:

Patience.  Willingness to put the time in to planning and organization.  Ability to deal with the subs who are often a pain in the &%#^ without aggravating them to the point that you go to the bottom of the list.   Be confrontational without being a jerk.

Most important, be able to pay the subs in a timely manner.  Of course, when you are satisfied with their performance.


Mark in Provo, UT said: Resourceful and organized. Able to communicate. Plan-ahead. Attention to details. Presence at job site during construction.

Richard in Sequim, WA said: Systems engineering background ("hands-on" engineer)
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100 - 200 hrs.
 
10.00% (15/150)
200 - 300 hrs.
 
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148. Ask for Discontinued or Sale Items There are sales and there are sales. It's a lot of bother for a vendor to do an official sale with newspaper ads, remarked prices and special displays. But they may have items that they need to move informally. You can make your own sale simply by asking. O-B William B. of Brooklyn NY said, "When I went looking for ceramic tile, they showed me several styles, and then I said, ‘Do you have any discontinued styles, or ones you have a lot of?’ He showed me several then that were only $1 a foot. I found some I was happy with."
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Your job as contractor is to facilitate and coordinate the work of others. Make sure their materials are on hand and the preliminary steps to their task have been completed. The best way to do this is to be on-site. I found the work endlessly fascinating and stayed on-site full-time during our project. Most of the owner-builders I interviewed recommended half time, that is, about four hours a day. Particularly the first and last work hours of the day. This schedule enables you to check on the work for the day in the morning and inspect it in the afternoon.
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How Do You Learn?

by Mark A. Smith

When you plan to build a house, there are many things you could learn that will save effort and money and create more quality, convenience, and value.

The trouble is, most of us forget the things we learn. There is a theory called the "Half-Life of Human Knowledge" that says we forget half of what we learn in a day, half again in a week, half in a month, and we have only 2% left at the end of a year. As my high school French teacher explained it, "Then it's a question of whose 2% is bigger."

In an Owner-Builder Workshop session, we challenged our students who had read our book to recall the "Ten Commandments of Owner Builders," the most important money-saving principles we know on the subject. Half the class could recall one commandment out of ten. Three people knew two, and one person could recall three of the commandments.

Management guru Peter Drucker said, "When you get a new boss, first decide how he or she likes to communicate. Some prefer written communication, some prefer face to face." You may be like that. Some learn well by reading, and should read everything they can before building. Some learn best by listening and can benefit from audiotapes or disks. Some learn best visually and should watch lots of videos on the subject.

According to Confucius, whoever we are, we learn best by doing. "I hear, I forget. I see, I remember. I do, I understand." Unfortunately, by the time you "do" a house, it will be too late to take advantage of your learning for that house. And you'll learn plenty.

Elaine and I have tried to take advantage of all the above in preparing for our next building project. We read copiously, search the Web, listen to tapes, and watch videos. In addition, we help others who are building, which consolidates our learning. You might make a friend by helping another owner-builder or by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, for example. It all helps grow your 2%.

 


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