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Barrel-Race7,034771570
TuesdayHouston, TX

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

HudsonHouse6,967300
4/2/2014Omaha, NE

Tanglewood86,4407862,22242
3/24/2014Colorado Springs, CO

697MarlinAustinArea1,15218910
3/15/2014Austin/McDade, TX

1860s-Texas-rehabnew...43,082441910
3/14/2014Boerne, TX

Bladenkirk494640
3/13/2014White Oak, NC

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

Shana443200
3/11/2014Chaffee, MO

OwensNewHome59,9131033810
2/2/2014Chandler, AZ

Du-Lock-Lane1,272200
2/1/2014Houston, TX

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

TheCastle9,948270
1/23/2014Cheshire, CT

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

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

NorthPoleHome30,158341330
12/29/2013North Pole, AK

navarre-village-buil...1,160100
12/26/2013Gulf Breeze, FL

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

The-Dailey-Project1,754100
10/27/2013Pompano Beach, FL

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

The-Cortes-Adventure17,636520
10/14/2013Snowflake, AZ

jeff3,837300
8/29/2013Jackson, MO

Miami-FL-country-hom...5,348320
7/30/2013Miami, FL

Brevard-County--Pt-S...2,533100
7/17/2013Rockledge, FL

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

Eschete-Dome22,32930530
12/24/2012Lafayette, LA

ChapelHillNCBob5,532110
10/23/2012Chapel Hill, NC

The-Skimino-Bluff6,9323130
10/13/2012Williamsburg, VA

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

nateshomemtpeakview4,641100
9/29/2012

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

Omaha9,132380
9/13/2012Omaha, NE

Holy-Hill-House16,44135530
8/27/2012Richfield, WI

Omega-CEO5,591110
8/13/2012Manassas, VA

JayHouse10,3027190
6/22/2012Sebastopol, CA

30233,33623770
5/20/2012Belfair, WA

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

VICTOR-MONTANA8,070110
2/22/2012Victor, MT

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

Workshop15,559630
1/8/2012Florissant, CO

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

ICF-Construction19,292500
11/11/2011Elkridge, MD

Little-Help-from-my-...12,24911150
11/4/2011Rockwall, TX

YaNYca13,976810
10/29/2011Boston, MA

The-Man-Refuge10,817310
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...20,86434310
8/24/2011Issaquah, WA

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

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

Old-York8,129200
7/27/2011Bridgewater, NJ

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

DomeSweetDome22,24818291
6/4/2011Suffolk, VA

Goodpasture24,076562880
5/28/2011Westminster, CO

Marks-Log-Cabin13,903392210
5/12/2011Altoona, PA

Bill21,063100
5/4/2011Tucson, AZ

Mueller-Dream-Home8,768100
4/15/2011

Oklahoma-Steel10,721650
4/13/2011Minco, OK

DutchG8,387200
4/5/2011

HiddenInOhio10,2889130
4/1/2011Elyria, OH

MagnoliaHouse8,835100
3/29/2011Houston, TX

Buffaloader13,689200
1/11/2011Valley Center, KS

SouthernEcoHome27,74520210
1/9/2011Blacksburg, VA

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

Vista-Ridge13,15321660
12/21/2010Swanton, OH

OurFarmstead28,378601890
12/10/2010Pennsylvania

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

Holloway10,845200
11/7/2010Petersburg, VA

Building-Our-Lakefro...9,725110
11/5/2010Piscataway, NJ

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

BUILDING-OUR-GREEN-D...9,863800
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...14,53512230
9/8/2010Granbury, TX

Homestead35,90464850
9/8/2010Smithville, MO

philandjan12,921100
9/2/2010

Commons10,142200
8/21/2010Atascocita, TX

Our-First-OB-home10,540300
7/27/2010Gardner, KS

Louisiana-Mediterran...20,089311870
7/21/2010Sunset, LA

Crows-Nest9,811100
7/20/2010

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

Hidden-Meadow-Home12,4212100
7/13/2010Murrieta, CA

New-house-in-Selah-W...10,167140
7/4/2010Belfair, WA

Arnold-CA-Alpine-cha...20,88722100
7/2/2010Arnold, CA

Working-Wilton39,862343010
6/16/2010Wilton, NH

JJ-Residence9,589100
6/7/2010San Antonio, TX

Thompson-Valley-Home10,786330
6/6/2010Monticello, FL

Naperville-Webster-S...26,3032360
5/21/2010Naperville, IL

Gary--Suzi11,040100
5/7/2010

crystal-falls-home28,77820270
5/5/2010Cedar Park, TX

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

NC--New-Construction10,471100
5/3/2010

Collins-on-Cobblesto...11,46521910
4/30/2010Waynesville, NC

Dwight--Colleen-Hart...11,869130
4/30/2010Vaughn, WA

Riley32,76832950
4/29/2010Cave Creek, AZ

The-New-Ries-Homeste...14,85619980
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-home13,082400
3/20/2010Tulsa, OK

Southport-NC-Home17,506201281
3/18/2010Southport, NC

Loris24,958110
3/11/2010

Seaton-Station10,224140
3/10/2010Siloam Springs, AR

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

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

DancingPines10,967200
1/25/2010Clinton, LA

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

The-Kinzel-House9,952100
1/21/2010New Orleans, LA

PahrumpProject17,0405390
1/17/2010Spokane, WA

TheBeachHouse14,61913200
1/16/2010Shoreline, WA

Artist-Haven-Home14,932970
1/13/2010Kansas City, MO

SOPHIA--SAMUELDELAWA...17,36111310
12/2/2009Smyrna, DE

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

WestermanFarm11,418130
11/10/2009Dickson, TN

Shane22,480600
10/31/2009San Antonio, TX

ADCountryHome12,8461130
10/31/2009Fort Worth, TX

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

digs24,194100
9/30/2009Tracy City, TN

threegables21,370201340
9/29/2009Hartland, WI

LittleLakeCorner72,7761016040
9/29/2009Groveland, FL

Utah-Casa11,566200
9/28/2009Saratoga Springs, UT

Tornado-Reconstructi...11,017800
9/24/2009Port Neches, TX

toolehouse50,256891450
9/20/2009Reno, NV

Bobs-Blog52,956614140
9/16/2009New Florence, PA

Blessings10,181100
9/11/2009farmville, NC

Schrammelot15,9677900
9/11/2009Pierson, FL

PennsmithLostValleyT...35,813552150
9/9/2009Dripping Springs, TX

River-House10,624220
9/7/2009Clinton, NJ

SantaFe-in-AJ10,365100
8/28/2009Apache Junction, AZ

Dennis-Dream-Home30,019385050
8/27/2009Readington Twp, NJ

Massive-Undertaking11,5151100
8/26/2009Wimauma, FL

Lafayette10,267200
8/11/2009Cramerton, NC

Dream-site-on-the-La...11,054200
8/5/2009La Porte, TX

Williams-New-Home-Si...10,307110
8/2/2009Windsor, NC

Cobblestone-Lane10,396100
7/30/2009Great Falls, MT

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

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

Steinys-Hideaway10,828200
6/9/2009Venice, CA

DreamHome29,466261900
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...16,31810840
4/27/2009Necedah, WI

Oleg25,931360
4/22/2009San Diego, CA

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

Huckleberry-Home10,319200
4/8/2009Williamstown, NJ

Vonk24,204100
4/7/2009Zeeland, MI

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

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

windowsnsiding10,173110
3/28/2009Long Island, NY

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

Back-Home-In-Crisp12,404111510
3/22/2009Ennis, TX

Victor--Susan-0820,312211210
3/17/2009Ruckersville, VA

Rick-and-Tinas-dream...11,636120
3/14/2009Auburndale, FL

Keener-Road13,0324100
3/11/2009Elizabethtown, PA

NC-Newbie10,945100
3/10/2009Boone, NC

MadisonGA11,1601130
2/26/2009Madison, GA

Techbuilt-Scammed12,591100
2/25/2009Rebew, LA

choanne83110,184100
2/9/2009charlotte, NC

WilliamsinVegas33,971301190
1/29/2009Henderson, NV

PhilesBryant12,040260
1/20/2009graham, WA

MortgageSmart10,400100
1/19/2009Cocoa, FL

QuarterlyHouse57,853136990
1/12/2009Orlando, FL

RabbitRun19,733311690
1/11/2009Afton, VA

Sonave-Sunsets10,519120
1/9/2009Yucca, AZ

Heart-of-PA16,1049160
1/6/2009Lewistown, PA

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

BrunkHouseAlmaKansas15,581260
12/26/2008Garden Grove, CA

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

Andel-Ranch28,278334020
12/17/2008Rogers, TX

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

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

Howard-Georgia-Retir...16,031670
11/9/2008Harlem, GA

The-Woods-Journal11,283110
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-Modern13,602120
10/14/2008elmhurst, IL

Accessible-House11,5733100
10/14/2008Munford, TN

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

Jon-and-Mollys-House18,241150
9/25/2008Ellicott City, MD

Proctor-ICF11,704110
9/25/2008Fredericksburg, VA

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

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

2008-Cedar-Ln17,53114350
9/19/2008Seaville, NJ

dmaceld20,72514880
9/16/2008Nampa, ID

Help-with-Goulds-and...12,865100
9/16/2008tampa, FL

Consulting10,284100
9/2/2008Orlando, FL

AlaskaICFREMOTEHouse16,68419380
8/17/2008Wasilla, AK

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

MargaritaVilla11,353240
8/4/2008Raleigh, NC

Latest-update12,6618100
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-ohio11,313600
7/30/2008Zanesville, OH

Penetang-Craftsman10,942360
7/27/2008Penetanguishene, ON

Tristan--11,401600
7/25/2008Lebanon, NJ

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

need-help-Jim11,872110
7/8/2008Bandon, OR

deltona-fl-custom-ho...12,4704140
7/6/2008Deltona Beach, FL

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

famborgie10,624100
6/26/2008Lockhart, TX

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

Cajun-Homestead19,01612930
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-House11,427420
5/15/2008Belleville, MI

Hidden-Valley-Texas10,719100
5/7/2008Southlake, TX

cosdreamhome41,352731470
5/5/2008Colorado Springs, CO

Sowle-Family-House13,217590
4/29/2008South Burlington, VT

Cyberdoc-Residence10,916200
4/25/2008San Diego, CA

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

Joeb28,751400
4/15/2008Oakland, FL

Alvin-House11,193200
4/14/2008LaPorte, TX

Thomas-Home--Raintre...21,245271800
4/9/2008Lee's Summit, MO

Greg--Kathys-New-Hou...12,177200
4/3/2008Barryton, MI

Where-is-Waldo28,29644830
4/2/2008Marion, OH

Nimmerrichters-Fores...10,047100
4/2/2008Waldorf, MD

Mayfield-House10,659100
3/31/2008Mayfield, UT

beamanhouse10,689100
3/27/2008Manistique, MI

Kanak-ICF--Virginia15,466900
3/26/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Sheldon-St15,289300
3/21/2008Orlando, FL

Bert-25,834310
3/20/2008Southern, CA

Our-Ohio-ICF-home21,99120270
3/20/2008Mansfield, OH

ericdc11,188310
3/8/2008Uniontown, PA

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

Superstition-Views15,380281600
3/6/2008Mesa, AZ

Blue-Springs-Project12,8608230
2/24/2008Broken Arrow, OK

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

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

JourneyBackHome10,383100
2/3/2008Oviedo, FL

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

DDs-ICF12,375330
1/27/2008New Smyrna Bch, FL

EurekaMT-Timberframe12,0081430
1/24/2008Augusta, MI

The-Larnerd-House13,4815210
1/21/2008Newport News, VA

Casa-Bella11,322100
1/14/2008Pueblo West, CO

Gordon-Lake-House15,33817510
1/3/2008Oakland, IA

STEPHANIES-DREAM12,53917570
12/30/2007Lower Burrell, PA

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

6158-in-Montgomery-T...11,273410
12/23/2007Conroe, TX

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

BobDonna9,959100
12/12/2007Sacramento, CA

AboveTheAppleTree9,944100
12/8/2007La Farge, WI

Casa-Nostra12,207230
12/2/2007Bangor, PA

Building-the-Dream-i...13,746700
11/29/2007Gladstone, OR

Ingram-Fleming-ICF-H...16,350480
11/29/2007Plant City, FL

inniagara9,439100
11/24/2007Niagara Falls, ON

SchnabelEstate10,554240
11/16/2007Avon, IN

WeAreBuildingAgain21,34727560
11/15/2007Orlando, FL

Lake-Pleasant10,510210
11/14/2007Erie, PA

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

The-Ponderosa12,2988220
11/4/2007Perry, OK

FlagholeRoad10,592260
10/25/2007Franklin, NH

Beckynray11,761300
10/24/2007Powhatan, VA

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

Powderhorn24,131481760
10/4/2007Florida

Luray-VA-1stTimeBuil...14,817730
10/4/2007Luray, VA

kittyfhughesnet10,296250
9/27/2007Noblesville, IN

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

Taking-the-Plunge13,3936180
9/18/2007Springfield, OH

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

Helpful-Tips11,862200
9/13/2007Encinitas, CA

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

TheWillemsHome21,5051750
9/10/2007Galloway Township, NJ

ComfortHome11,339200
8/30/2007Dublin, OH

10000-sq-feet36,30422260
8/26/2007La Habra Heights, CA

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

Circle-S_ICF_House35,740462640
8/21/2007Sparta, IL

New-England-Saltbox10,746100
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-Dream10,999100
7/20/2007Normal, IL

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

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

WindyJ14,92311260
7/2/2007Knoxville, TN

Vistoso-Green-Home12,249310
6/28/2007Tucson, AZ

Lewis-Chapel-House16,453200
6/25/2007Dunlap, TN

father-daughter10,504200
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...12,337240
6/13/2007Coeur d Alene, ID

Tampa-Bay13,921490
6/10/2007Ruskin, FL

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

todd-in-tullahoma10,878100
6/4/2007tullahoma, TN

TheOwens11,656300
6/1/2007Dickson, TN

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

South-Dakota-Lake-Ho...12,0516110
5/23/2007Sioux Falls, SD

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

hammock11,042110
5/14/2007Martinez, GA

Grove-St-Rocklin11,124300
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-Building11,361370
4/21/2007Hiawassee, GA

Alaskan-Log-Home12,682120
4/15/2007Tok, AK

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

RehmannSchreiner13,87418150
4/2/2007Maple Grove, MN

outspokenbikeguy13,5314140
3/29/2007Sanford, FL

SmelltheForest35,780471480
3/23/2007Colorado Springs, CO

PolkCityProject15,1807110
3/21/2007Norcross, GA

DwaynePam12,009200
3/21/2007Normal, IL

cypressknoll11,076100
3/20/2007Palm Coast, FL

candlepower19,076241550
3/20/2007Lansing, IA

Team-Rosa11,952200
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-Towne11,683220
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

SafecreteHouse13,008300
3/4/2007Raleigh, NC

newbie-12,111100
2/21/2007North Plains, OR

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

woodfamilyhome12,470200
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

DelgadosAdobeAbode12,684200
1/18/2007San Diego, CA

bobindeltona14,902250
1/14/2007Deltona, FL

Highland6412,393300
1/8/2007New Orleans, LA

SmallProjectSilverSp...17,7221020
1/7/2007Silver Springs, NV

BeehlerHome22,64511640
1/3/2007Kalamazoo, MI

eveningshade12,000110
12/25/2006Evening Shade, AR

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On the advice of a friend whose husband is a contractor, I began to look into owner-building. I found this website and downloaded the book yesterday. I'm halfway through it and this whole thing is enthralling... but I've figured out that I need to slow down and do this right.
Jeff in Dickson, TN

Previous Owner-Builder for Randy in PB, FL at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Home for Owner-Builders

How many children lived at home when you owner-built?
 Three
 
Did you use any personal friends as subs?
 Two
 
How many tools do you own?
 $4,000 - $5,000
 
How much calendar time from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 Two to two and a half years
 
Are you organized?
 Very
 
How many covered vehicle spaces did you provide in your owner-built house?
 Three
 
How much would the trades you did yourself have cost in the marketplace?
 $30,000 - $50,000
 
Did you hire anybody from out of town?
 No
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 5-10 hours
 
If you used a contracting consultant or O-B program, what did it cost?
 Didn't use one
 
Did you get bids from generals?
 No
 
Did you get materials separate from labor on any of the trades?
 70% - 80%
 
If ever you move from your O-B house, how long will you have lived in it?
 10 -15 years
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
Are you a coupon shopper?
 I use a coupon < 10% of the time I grocery shop.
 
Who took primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
 
What type of construction?
 Masonry
 
What was your original construction budget, not including land?
 $250,000 - $300,000
 
House style?
 Colonial
 
How many finished levels in your most recent owner-built house?
 More than three
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 Three
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
Did you use a computer?
 Yes - extensively
 
How many bedrooms did you include in your owner-built house?
 Four
 
What percentage of O-B's do you think get liened?
 1% - 5%
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 One time total
 
What's the population of the community where you built?
 100,000-150,000
 
Was your project urban or rural?
 In the city
 
Did you use a designer, architect, stock plan?
 Stock Plan
 
Did you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
Would you be willing to help another owner-builder?
 Yes, I would respond to emails.
 
How many bathrooms did you include in your owner-built house?
 3-4
 
How many children do you have?
 Three
 
How many hours did you spend as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 > 1,000 hrs.
 
Did you have contract problems?
 None at all
 
What were the impact fees for you to build?
 $0
 
Did you install a water softener?
 Yes
 
What is the R-value of your walls?
 >R-30
 
How many trades were involved on your job?
 5 - 10
 
How many air conditioning units did you include in your owner-built house?
 Two compressors
 
Did you read The Owner-Builder Book before you built your house?
 No
 
Have you owner-built more than once?
 Only once
 
How many bids did you get for each subcontracted trade, on average?
 Two
 
What did the plans for your project cost?
 $500 - $1,000
 
How much did you save on the trades you did yourself?
 $90,000 - $110,000
 
How long did your self-work trades take?
 >1,000 hours
 
How many trades did you do yourself?
 6
 
How many books about contracting or the trades did you read when you owner-built?
 Two
 
If you had a general contractor estimate, how much did you save vs. average estimate?
 25-30%
 
How did your final appraisal compare with your preconstruction appraisal for the lender?
 Final appraisal was lower by 20%
 
How many days when only a single sub was on site?
 10 - 15 days
 
How many houses did you own prior to this one?
 Two
 
If stick-built, did you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 2x6
 
How much combined time did you take off work when you built?
 Four weeks
 

Future Owner-Builder for Randy in PB, FL at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Home for Owner-Builders

Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 White collar
 
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 More than three
 
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will use a digital camera regularly
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Icynene (or like) foam
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 2-3 years
 
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
 One
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
How many tools do you own?
 $2,000 - $3,000
 
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 Two compressors
 
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Only husband working
 
Planned house style?
 Colonial
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 Three
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 One time total
 
Are you organized?
 Pretty organized
 
What will be the R-value of your walls?
 >R-40
 
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 2x6
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 Three
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 A hundred times
 
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
 

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