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Barrel-Race7,031771570
TuesdayHouston, TX

Vilano-Beach--Water-...21,167391170
4/5/2014Saint Augustine, FL

HudsonHouse6,966300
4/2/2014Omaha, NE

Tanglewood86,4327862,22242
3/24/2014Colorado Springs, CO

697MarlinAustinArea1,15118910
3/15/2014Austin/McDade, TX

1860s-Texas-rehabnew...43,079441910
3/14/2014Boerne, TX

Bladenkirk494640
3/13/2014White Oak, NC

P-Wade-Crocker372100
3/12/2014Spring, TX

Shana443200
3/11/2014Chaffee, MO

OwensNewHome59,9111033810
2/2/2014Chandler, AZ

Du-Lock-Lane1,271200
2/1/2014Houston, TX

Family-Affair10,561440
1/31/2014Saint Petersburg, FL

TheCastle9,947270
1/23/2014Cheshire, CT

The-Last-Rodeo9,61327100
1/14/2014Angel Fire, NM

TheHoskensProject58,4321504333
12/31/2013Dome-ville, central, FL

NorthPoleHome30,154341330
12/29/2013North Pole, AK

navarre-village-buil...1,159100
12/26/2013Gulf Breeze, FL

Seven-Peaks-Faswall-...34,750483181
11/18/2013Graeagle, CA

The-Dailey-Project1,753100
10/27/2013Pompano Beach, FL

Beaver-Creek-Ranch30,230213210
10/15/2013Hayfork, CA

The-Cortes-Adventure17,633520
10/14/2013Snowflake, AZ

jeff3,835300
8/29/2013Jackson, MO

Miami-FL-country-hom...5,347320
7/30/2013Miami, FL

Brevard-County--Pt-S...2,531100
7/17/2013Rockledge, FL

Dream-Build-Austin-T...4,121300
4/17/2013Austin, TX

Eschete-Dome22,32830530
12/24/2012Lafayette, LA

ChapelHillNCBob5,531110
10/23/2012Chapel Hill, NC

The-Skimino-Bluff6,9313130
10/13/2012Williamsburg, VA

Octagon-in-Glencoe-C...48,719144110
10/8/2012Glencoe , CA

nateshomemtpeakview4,639100
9/29/2012

sherman19,994221560
9/27/2012Downers Grove, IL

Omaha9,131380
9/13/2012Omaha, NE

Holy-Hill-House16,43935530
8/27/2012Richfield, WI

Omega-CEO5,590110
8/13/2012Manassas, VA

JayHouse10,3027190
6/22/2012Sebastopol, CA

30233,33523770
5/20/2012Belfair, WA

SunburnStateHome6,273110
3/6/2012Charlotte County, FL

VICTOR-MONTANA8,069110
2/22/2012Victor, MT

Houston-720125966,771100
1/21/2012Houston, TX

Workshop15,557630
1/8/2012Florissant, CO

Our-simple-home11,786223080
12/5/2011LaPorte, IN

ICF-Construction19,290500
11/11/2011Elkridge, MD

Little-Help-from-my-...12,24811150
11/4/2011Rockwall, TX

YaNYca13,976810
10/29/2011Boston, MA

The-Man-Refuge10,816310
10/19/2011San Antonio, TX

mckernanmc11,124320
10/6/2011Amite, LA

Large-Family-Compoun...7,422200
9/23/2011Covington, GA

Woodchuck-Ridge10,259480
9/12/2011Akron, OH

Forever-Home-Sweet-H...20,86334310
8/24/2011Issaquah, WA

Clarksville-MD9,042200
8/22/2011Eldersburg, MD

steve-n-carolyn16,2914140
8/21/2011Sun City, CA

Old-York8,128200
7/27/2011Bridgewater, NJ

Carriage-House17,04020282
7/24/2011Ft. Collins, CO

DomeSweetDome22,24518291
6/4/2011Suffolk, VA

Goodpasture24,075562880
5/28/2011Westminster, CO

Marks-Log-Cabin13,902392210
5/12/2011Altoona, PA

Bill21,062100
5/4/2011Tucson, AZ

Mueller-Dream-Home8,767100
4/15/2011

Oklahoma-Steel10,719650
4/13/2011Minco, OK

DutchG8,386200
4/5/2011

HiddenInOhio10,2889130
4/1/2011Elyria, OH

MagnoliaHouse8,835100
3/29/2011Houston, TX

Buffaloader13,687200
1/11/2011Valley Center, KS

SouthernEcoHome27,74220210
1/9/2011Blacksburg, VA

Austrian-Chalet14,109780
1/2/2011Twin Lakes, CO

Vista-Ridge13,15221660
12/21/2010Swanton, OH

OurFarmstead28,376601890
12/10/2010Pennsylvania

AirparkHome-Remodel29,57022460
11/8/2010Hillsboro, OR

Holloway10,845200
11/7/2010Petersburg, VA

Building-Our-Lakefro...9,723110
11/5/2010Piscataway, NJ

SunburyGalena-Build8,999100
11/3/2010Galena, OH

BUILDING-OUR-GREEN-D...9,861800
11/2/2010Pattison, TX

RR-Homestead23,92831740
10/26/2010Janesville, CA

Casa-Paradiso-Vieque...9,815200
10/19/2010Chelsea, MA

Millerbuild11,0755110
10/1/2010Carstairs, AB

Delisledigs11,472300
9/16/2010Jacksonville, FL

h20dave11,323430
9/10/2010Waterloo, AL

Mountain-Idyl11,063900
9/9/2010Asheville, NC

High-over-Lake-Granb...14,53112230
9/8/2010Granbury, TX

Homestead35,90364850
9/8/2010Smithville, MO

philandjan12,920100
9/2/2010

Commons10,141200
8/21/2010Atascocita, TX

Our-First-OB-home10,539300
7/27/2010Gardner, KS

Louisiana-Mediterran...20,087311870
7/21/2010Sunset, LA

Crows-Nest9,811100
7/20/2010

Patterson-Project10,380400
7/16/2010John's Island, SC

Hidden-Meadow-Home12,4202100
7/13/2010Murrieta, CA

New-house-in-Selah-W...10,166140
7/4/2010Belfair, WA

Arnold-CA-Alpine-cha...20,88622100
7/2/2010Arnold, CA

Working-Wilton39,853343010
6/16/2010Wilton, NH

JJ-Residence9,588100
6/7/2010San Antonio, TX

Thompson-Valley-Home10,785330
6/6/2010Monticello, FL

Naperville-Webster-S...26,3012360
5/21/2010Naperville, IL

Gary--Suzi11,038100
5/7/2010

crystal-falls-home28,77720270
5/5/2010Cedar Park, TX

Kapoho-Retirement-Ho...10,863130
5/4/2010Santa Ana, CA

NC--New-Construction10,470100
5/3/2010

Collins-on-Cobblesto...11,46421910
4/30/2010Waynesville, NC

Dwight--Colleen-Hart...11,868130
4/30/2010Vaughn, WA

Riley32,76732950
4/29/2010Cave Creek, AZ

The-New-Ries-Homeste...14,85319980
4/21/2010Polk/Richfield/Erin/Hartford, WI

The-Season9,523130
4/10/2010Mount Airy, NC

The-Naas-Place10,033200
3/30/2010Pittsburg, CA

Phil-and-Lauras-home13,077400
3/20/2010Tulsa, OK

Southport-NC-Home17,504201281
3/18/2010Southport, NC

Loris24,957110
3/11/2010

Seaton-Station10,222140
3/10/2010Siloam Springs, AR

Backwoods-Project14,279390
3/4/2010Jeffersonville, GA

ICF-in-Ann-Arbor26,184293710
1/25/2010Dexter, MI

DancingPines10,966200
1/25/2010Clinton, LA

Log-Cabin10,555150
1/23/2010indianapolis, IN

The-Kinzel-House9,950100
1/21/2010New Orleans, LA

PahrumpProject17,0405390
1/17/2010Spokane, WA

TheBeachHouse14,61913200
1/16/2010Shoreline, WA

Artist-Haven-Home14,931970
1/13/2010Kansas City, MO

SOPHIA--SAMUELDELAWA...17,36011310
12/2/2009Smyrna, DE

Plant-City-Craftsman16,8064100
11/22/2009Plant City, FL

WestermanFarm11,418130
11/10/2009Dickson, TN

Shane22,479600
10/31/2009San Antonio, TX

ADCountryHome12,8431130
10/31/2009Fort Worth, TX

ICF-Keller-Tx51,182321220
10/6/2009Roanoke, TX

digs24,193100
9/30/2009Tracy City, TN

threegables21,366201340
9/29/2009Hartland, WI

LittleLakeCorner72,7721016040
9/29/2009Groveland, FL

Utah-Casa11,565200
9/28/2009Saratoga Springs, UT

Tornado-Reconstructi...11,016800
9/24/2009Port Neches, TX

toolehouse50,253891450
9/20/2009Reno, NV

Bobs-Blog52,951614140
9/16/2009New Florence, PA

Blessings10,180100
9/11/2009farmville, NC

Schrammelot15,9677900
9/11/2009Pierson, FL

PennsmithLostValleyT...35,812552150
9/9/2009Dripping Springs, TX

River-House10,623220
9/7/2009Clinton, NJ

SantaFe-in-AJ10,364100
8/28/2009Apache Junction, AZ

Dennis-Dream-Home30,018385050
8/27/2009Readington Twp, NJ

Massive-Undertaking11,5141100
8/26/2009Wimauma, FL

Lafayette10,266200
8/11/2009Cramerton, NC

Dream-site-on-the-La...11,053200
8/5/2009La Porte, TX

Williams-New-Home-Si...10,306110
8/2/2009Windsor, NC

Cobblestone-Lane10,393100
7/30/2009Great Falls, MT

PensacolaBeachHouse10,208110
6/22/2009Gulf Breeze, FL

12YEARSINTHEPLANNING10,854120
6/16/2009LADSON, SC

Steinys-Hideaway10,824200
6/9/2009Venice, CA

DreamHome29,465261900
6/7/2009Orlando, FL

CastleHeims20,73721590
6/5/2009Cedar Rapids, IA

Utah-Warehouse10,077220
5/20/2009Fairview, UT

Where-to-start12,412610
5/16/2009Lemoore, CA

Castle-Rock-Lakehous...16,31710840
4/27/2009Necedah, WI

Oleg25,930360
4/22/2009San Diego, CA

MoeCompound10,234340
4/9/2009Camano Island, WA

Huckleberry-Home10,317200
4/8/2009Williamstown, NJ

Vonk24,201100
4/7/2009Zeeland, MI

Small-Timber-Frame14,652110
4/2/2009Central Mass, MA

EatonLoch-Haven11,110110
4/1/2009Roanoke, VA

windowsnsiding10,172110
3/28/2009Long Island, NY

Arkansas-First-Timer25,81239880
3/27/2009Trumann, AR

Back-Home-In-Crisp12,403111510
3/22/2009Ennis, TX

Victor--Susan-0820,310211210
3/17/2009Ruckersville, VA

Rick-and-Tinas-dream...11,634120
3/14/2009Auburndale, FL

Keener-Road13,0314100
3/11/2009Elizabethtown, PA

NC-Newbie10,943100
3/10/2009Boone, NC

MadisonGA11,1601130
2/26/2009Madison, GA

Techbuilt-Scammed12,590100
2/25/2009Rebew, LA

choanne83110,183100
2/9/2009charlotte, NC

WilliamsinVegas33,970301190
1/29/2009Henderson, NV

PhilesBryant12,039260
1/20/2009graham, WA

MortgageSmart10,399100
1/19/2009Cocoa, FL

QuarterlyHouse57,852136990
1/12/2009Orlando, FL

RabbitRun19,730311690
1/11/2009Afton, VA

Sonave-Sunsets10,518120
1/9/2009Yucca, AZ

Heart-of-PA16,1039160
1/6/2009Lewistown, PA

Krusehome11,590200
12/27/2008Lake City, FL

BrunkHouseAlmaKansas15,580260
12/26/2008Garden Grove, CA

Raider-Bills-Tenn-Ho...14,6116320
12/22/2008Largo, FL

Andel-Ranch28,277334020
12/17/2008Rogers, TX

Elijahs-Home11,781460
12/6/2008Vero Beach, FL

ranch-house10,407100
11/25/2008springfield, IL

Howard-Georgia-Retir...16,029670
11/9/2008Harlem, GA

The-Woods-Journal11,280110
11/6/2008Doraville, GA

StansTLH16,0001090
11/1/2008Tehachapi, CA

Kevin--Kerrys-Dream11,552350
10/17/2008Northvale, NJ

Katabatic-Wind12,160470
10/16/2008Huntsville, AL

Elmhurst-Modern13,601120
10/14/2008elmhurst, IL

Accessible-House11,5723100
10/14/2008Munford, TN

Cherry-Valley-Vista10,629120
10/5/2008Duvall, WA

Jon-and-Mollys-House18,240150
9/25/2008Ellicott City, MD

Proctor-ICF11,702110
9/25/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Hawaiian-Bungalo18,050111020
9/23/2008Holualoa, HI

Pete--Rhiannon12,713430
9/19/2008Springfield, MO

2008-Cedar-Ln17,52814350
9/19/2008Seaville, NJ

dmaceld20,72414880
9/16/2008Nampa, ID

Help-with-Goulds-and...12,864100
9/16/2008tampa, FL

Consulting10,284100
9/2/2008Orlando, FL

AlaskaICFREMOTEHouse16,68119380
8/17/2008Wasilla, AK

NC-Pond-House11,743320
8/4/2008Wilmington, NC

MargaritaVilla11,351240
8/4/2008Raleigh, NC

Latest-update12,6608100
8/4/2008Sierra Vista, AZ

ANDREA11,249400
8/2/2008Dallas, TX

The-Ridges14,01311130
7/31/2008Logan, UT

Avenida-Del-Sol15,13713520
7/31/2008Peoria, AZ

dream-home-ohio11,312600
7/30/2008Zanesville, OH

Penetang-Craftsman10,939360
7/27/2008Penetanguishene, ON

Tristan--11,399600
7/25/2008Lebanon, NJ

Dreamy-Design-in-Glo...16,664100
7/9/2008Clifton, VA

need-help-Jim11,871110
7/8/2008Bandon, OR

deltona-fl-custom-ho...12,4684140
7/6/2008Deltona Beach, FL

Ingraham-House-Chape...11,713200
6/29/2008Cary, NC

famborgie10,623100
6/26/2008Lockhart, TX

95821-Addition21,8647140
6/24/2008Sacramento, CA

Cajun-Homestead19,01512930
6/22/2008Lafayette, LA

West-Texas-Ranch-Hou...12,824110
6/18/2008Andrews, TX

Quail-Bluff-Pasco12,6379290
6/10/2008Pasco, WA

Spyders-Web10,535100
6/10/2008Norman, OK

mike-and-tori-darnle...13,065510
6/2/2008Rainbow, CA

Lin-Washington10,574100
5/29/2008Fresno, CA

Capernall-House11,426420
5/15/2008Belleville, MI

Hidden-Valley-Texas10,718100
5/7/2008Southlake, TX

cosdreamhome41,346731470
5/5/2008Colorado Springs, CO

Sowle-Family-House13,215590
4/29/2008South Burlington, VT

Cyberdoc-Residence10,914200
4/25/2008San Diego, CA

Fortune-House10,948100
4/17/2008Mooresville, NC

Joeb28,750400
4/15/2008Oakland, FL

Alvin-House11,192200
4/14/2008LaPorte, TX

Thomas-Home--Raintre...21,244271800
4/9/2008Lee's Summit, MO

Greg--Kathys-New-Hou...12,176200
4/3/2008Barryton, MI

Where-is-Waldo28,29444830
4/2/2008Marion, OH

Nimmerrichters-Fores...10,046100
4/2/2008Waldorf, MD

Mayfield-House10,657100
3/31/2008Mayfield, UT

beamanhouse10,689100
3/27/2008Manistique, MI

Kanak-ICF--Virginia15,465900
3/26/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Sheldon-St15,286300
3/21/2008Orlando, FL

Bert-25,832310
3/20/2008Southern, CA

Our-Ohio-ICF-home21,99020270
3/20/2008Mansfield, OH

ericdc11,187310
3/8/2008Uniontown, PA

EurekaHouse-ICF15,0565150
3/6/2008Berkeley, CA

Superstition-Views15,377281600
3/6/2008Mesa, AZ

Blue-Springs-Project12,8598230
2/24/2008Broken Arrow, OK

Our-House10,541100
2/24/2008Miami, FL

httpownerbuilderbook...13,286830
2/19/2008Clayton, NY

JourneyBackHome10,381100
2/3/2008Oviedo, FL

Collier-Home12,839110
2/1/2008Little Rock, AR

DDs-ICF12,372330
1/27/2008New Smyrna Bch, FL

EurekaMT-Timberframe12,0061430
1/24/2008Augusta, MI

The-Larnerd-House13,4795210
1/21/2008Newport News, VA

Casa-Bella11,321100
1/14/2008Pueblo West, CO

Gordon-Lake-House15,33517510
1/3/2008Oakland, IA

STEPHANIES-DREAM12,53717570
12/30/2007Lower Burrell, PA

Florida-Waterfront-C...14,924310
12/29/2007PB, FL

6158-in-Montgomery-T...11,272410
12/23/2007Conroe, TX

ClearwaterHills13,686260
12/14/2007Paradise Valley, AZ

BobDonna9,956100
12/12/2007Sacramento, CA

AboveTheAppleTree9,942100
12/8/2007La Farge, WI

Casa-Nostra12,206230
12/2/2007Bangor, PA

Building-the-Dream-i...13,745700
11/29/2007Gladstone, OR

Ingram-Fleming-ICF-H...16,348480
11/29/2007Plant City, FL

inniagara9,434100
11/24/2007Niagara Falls, ON

SchnabelEstate10,553240
11/16/2007Avon, IN

WeAreBuildingAgain21,34727560
11/15/2007Orlando, FL

Lake-Pleasant10,509210
11/14/2007Erie, PA

Green-for-Dean10,534100
11/10/2007San Jose, CA

The-Ponderosa12,2968220
11/4/2007Perry, OK

FlagholeRoad10,592260
10/25/2007Franklin, NH

Beckynray11,758300
10/24/2007Powhatan, VA

Spicewood-TX12,244330
10/20/2007Austin, TX

Powderhorn24,129481760
10/4/2007Florida

Luray-VA-1stTimeBuil...14,816730
10/4/2007Luray, VA

kittyfhughesnet10,296250
9/27/2007Noblesville, IN

Scott-Family10,889100
9/25/2007Trinity, AL

Taking-the-Plunge13,3926180
9/18/2007Springfield, OH

RozBuildingAdventure10,767100
9/14/2007San Pablo, CA

Helpful-Tips11,859200
9/13/2007Encinitas, CA

Poplar-Creek-Farm13,8095250
9/10/2007Oakland Park, FL

TheWillemsHome21,5041750
9/10/2007Galloway Township, NJ

ComfortHome11,339200
8/30/2007Dublin, OH

10000-sq-feet36,30222260
8/26/2007La Habra Heights, CA

Bird-house12,4553400
8/22/2007Ithaca, NY

Circle-S_ICF_House35,736462640
8/21/2007Sparta, IL

New-England-Saltbox10,744100
8/16/2007Columbia, SC

RamblewoodatJeterFar...11,5536330
8/10/2007Kansas City, MO

Kraemer-Collinwood-H...11,150200
7/21/2007Delano, MN

BigOakBuilderTX14,763270
7/20/2007Wharton, TX

Johnson-Family-Dream10,997100
7/20/2007Normal, IL

19225-ROBERTSON-ST17,69114250
7/12/2007Orlando, FL

Thattle-Dew-Farm10,950220
7/12/2007Halls Harbour, NS

WindyJ14,92211260
7/2/2007Knoxville, TN

Vistoso-Green-Home12,248310
6/28/2007Tucson, AZ

Lewis-Chapel-House16,452200
6/25/2007Dunlap, TN

father-daughter10,503200
6/25/2007Loveland, CO

davewhite11,482100
6/24/2007Nanaimo, BC

NutmegWedgefieldOrla...12,474600
6/22/2007Orlando, FL

4600SF-Dream-Home-in...14,556410
6/19/2007Mooresville, NC

Coeur-dAlene-Idaho-H...12,335240
6/13/2007Coeur d Alene, ID

Tampa-Bay13,919490
6/10/2007Ruskin, FL

Dream-In-Progress14,352540
6/7/2007Shawnee, KS

todd-in-tullahoma10,873100
6/4/2007tullahoma, TN

TheOwens11,656300
6/1/2007Dickson, TN

Country-Cleaver11,780140
5/29/2007Springfield, IL

South-Dakota-Lake-Ho...12,0496110
5/23/2007Sioux Falls, SD

Gods-Home11,198200
5/18/2007Eustis, FL

hammock11,041110
5/14/2007Martinez, GA

Grove-St-Rocklin11,122300
5/13/2007Orangevale, CA

Gardeners-Delight11,959330
5/13/2007Norristown, PA

Newman-Family11,974100
4/26/2007oralndo, FL

do-over-house12,599200
4/25/2007Roseville, CA

Mountain-Building11,359370
4/21/2007Hiawassee, GA

Alaskan-Log-Home12,680120
4/15/2007Tok, AK

Warner-Dream12,879600
4/11/2007Astatula, FL

RehmannSchreiner13,87218150
4/2/2007Maple Grove, MN

outspokenbikeguy13,5264140
3/29/2007Sanford, FL

SmelltheForest35,779471480
3/23/2007Colorado Springs, CO

PolkCityProject15,1807110
3/21/2007Norcross, GA

DwaynePam12,007200
3/21/2007Normal, IL

cypressknoll11,074100
3/20/2007Palm Coast, FL

candlepower19,076241550
3/20/2007Lansing, IA

Team-Rosa11,949200
3/19/2007Springfield, VA

GLOUCESTER11,634120
3/17/2007Newport News, VA

Ohiodreamhome12,0144140
3/16/2007Reynoldsburg, OH

Gypsy-Love12,503110
3/12/2007Highland, NY

Forrest-Towne11,679220
3/10/2007Brinnon, WA

Dreams-Come-True10,951100
3/8/2007Glen St Mary, FL

Almost-A-Country-Gir...10,960100
3/7/2007Addison Township, MI

BrandonBuildingBlog11,756100
3/4/2007Layton, UT

SafecreteHouse13,007300
3/4/2007Raleigh, NC

newbie-12,108100
2/21/2007North Plains, OR

BuzzardsNest14,356310
2/14/2007Saint Lucie, FL

woodfamilyhome12,468200
2/10/2007Keno, OR

vegascastle11,784100
2/3/2007Henderson, NV

newsteel17,749100
1/28/2007Florence, SC

Dream-Home-200712,282100
1/27/2007Gwynn Oak, MD

DelgadosAdobeAbode12,681200
1/18/2007San Diego, CA

bobindeltona14,902250
1/14/2007Deltona, FL

Highland6412,391300
1/8/2007New Orleans, LA

SmallProjectSilverSp...17,7211020
1/7/2007Silver Springs, NV

BeehlerHome22,64411640
1/3/2007Kalamazoo, MI

eveningshade11,999110
12/25/2006Evening Shade, AR

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Quotes are coming in.

Posted by Brian in Dexter, MI on 3/31/2007

The floor plans are done, and we are out bidding trades. Our money-saving strategy is becoming more clear as we work through this:

1) We are trying to build the right structure in the right neighborhood to maximize it's appraised value vs. cost. We found that the same house in two different neighborhoods could have a value differential of $100K or more, even more than the cost difference for the land.

2) We are focusing on saving money on the products we put in the house. If we can buy on eBay or through some other outlet, we are. We also got our builders license so we could maximize discounts when we have to buy from stores.

3) We are cutting the middleman out as much as possible. The bids we get are from people doing the work. We are trying to avoid contractors that have a lot of managers and overhead and focus on trade-specific contractors. We are also asking for bids that break down all of the costs, including labor. We are trying to be the buyer of all materials. If a contractor has to buy things like siding, windows, or lumber, then they are going to mark it up. Maybe they can get a better price than us, but so far that hasn't been the case.

4) Lastly, we are going to do a very tiny portion of the work ourselves. I will try to limit myself to jobs where I can save $1,000 or more in a weekend.

Because we are owner-builders, we can get all of the permits ourselves in the state of Michigan. I got my builders license instead so we could run the construction through a separate company we formed.

We are off to meet another ICF contractor, look at his work, and then stop by a window store to look at North Star brand windows.

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