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Barrel-Race7,077771570
TuesdayHouston, TX

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

HudsonHouse7,003300
4/2/2014Omaha, NE

Tanglewood86,6767862,22242
3/24/2014Colorado Springs, CO

697MarlinAustinArea1,18118910
3/15/2014Austin/McDade, TX

1860s-Texas-rehabnew...43,127441910
3/14/2014Boerne, TX

Bladenkirk527640
3/13/2014White Oak, NC

P-Wade-Crocker408100
3/12/2014Spring, TX

Shana483200
3/11/2014Chaffee, MO

OwensNewHome59,9901033810
2/2/2014Chandler, AZ

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

Family-Affair10,592440
1/31/2014Saint Petersburg, FL

TheCastle9,979270
1/23/2014Cheshire, CT

The-Last-Rodeo9,65427100
1/14/2014Angel Fire, NM

TheHoskensProject58,5131504333
12/31/2013Dome-ville, central, FL

NorthPoleHome30,210341330
12/29/2013North Pole, AK

navarre-village-buil...1,181100
12/26/2013Gulf Breeze, FL

Seven-Peaks-Faswall-...34,823483181
11/18/2013Graeagle, CA

The-Dailey-Project1,770100
10/27/2013Pompano Beach, FL

Beaver-Creek-Ranch30,276213210
10/15/2013Hayfork, CA

The-Cortes-Adventure17,682520
10/14/2013Snowflake, AZ

jeff3,860300
8/29/2013Jackson, MO

Miami-FL-country-hom...5,370320
7/30/2013Miami, FL

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

Dream-Build-Austin-T...4,155300
4/17/2013Austin, TX

Eschete-Dome22,38230530
12/24/2012Lafayette, LA

ChapelHillNCBob5,562110
10/23/2012Chapel Hill, NC

The-Skimino-Bluff6,9653130
10/13/2012Williamsburg, VA

Octagon-in-Glencoe-C...48,783144110
10/8/2012Glencoe , CA

nateshomemtpeakview4,663100
9/29/2012

sherman20,037221560
9/27/2012Downers Grove, IL

Omaha9,169380
9/13/2012Omaha, NE

Holy-Hill-House16,48335530
8/27/2012Richfield, WI

Omega-CEO5,618110
8/13/2012Manassas, VA

JayHouse10,3277190
6/22/2012Sebastopol, CA

30233,38023770
5/20/2012Belfair, WA

SunburnStateHome6,304110
3/6/2012Charlotte County, FL

VICTOR-MONTANA8,100110
2/22/2012Victor, MT

Houston-720125966,792100
1/21/2012Houston, TX

Workshop15,592630
1/8/2012Florissant, CO

Our-simple-home11,815223080
12/5/2011LaPorte, IN

ICF-Construction19,366500
11/11/2011Elkridge, MD

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

YaNYca14,009810
10/29/2011Boston, MA

The-Man-Refuge10,842310
10/19/2011San Antonio, TX

mckernanmc11,152320
10/6/2011Amite, LA

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

Woodchuck-Ridge10,299480
9/12/2011Akron, OH

Forever-Home-Sweet-H...20,92934310
8/24/2011Issaquah, WA

Clarksville-MD9,074200
8/22/2011Eldersburg, MD

steve-n-carolyn16,3194140
8/21/2011Sun City, CA

Old-York8,166200
7/27/2011Bridgewater, NJ

Carriage-House17,07720282
7/24/2011Ft. Collins, CO

DomeSweetDome22,30918291
6/4/2011Suffolk, VA

Goodpasture24,162562880
5/28/2011Westminster, CO

Marks-Log-Cabin13,927392210
5/12/2011Altoona, PA

Bill21,127100
5/4/2011Tucson, AZ

Mueller-Dream-Home8,801100
4/15/2011

Oklahoma-Steel10,746650
4/13/2011Minco, OK

DutchG8,419200
4/5/2011

HiddenInOhio10,3199130
4/1/2011Elyria, OH

MagnoliaHouse8,868100
3/29/2011Houston, TX

Buffaloader13,726200
1/11/2011Valley Center, KS

SouthernEcoHome27,80120210
1/9/2011Blacksburg, VA

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

Vista-Ridge13,17921660
12/21/2010Swanton, OH

OurFarmstead28,435601890
12/10/2010Pennsylvania

AirparkHome-Remodel29,62022460
11/8/2010Hillsboro, OR

Holloway10,868200
11/7/2010Petersburg, VA

Building-Our-Lakefro...9,760110
11/5/2010Piscataway, NJ

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

BUILDING-OUR-GREEN-D...9,883800
11/2/2010Pattison, TX

RR-Homestead23,98731740
10/26/2010Janesville, CA

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

Millerbuild11,1005110
10/1/2010Carstairs, AB

Delisledigs11,515300
9/16/2010Jacksonville, FL

h20dave11,343430
9/10/2010Waterloo, AL

Mountain-Idyl11,089900
9/9/2010Asheville, NC

High-over-Lake-Granb...14,57112230
9/8/2010Granbury, TX

Homestead35,95264850
9/8/2010Smithville, MO

philandjan12,948100
9/2/2010

Commons10,172200
8/21/2010Atascocita, TX

Our-First-OB-home10,562300
7/27/2010Gardner, KS

Louisiana-Mediterran...20,110311870
7/21/2010Sunset, LA

Crows-Nest9,839100
7/20/2010

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

Hidden-Meadow-Home12,4492100
7/13/2010Murrieta, CA

New-house-in-Selah-W...10,200140
7/4/2010Belfair, WA

Arnold-CA-Alpine-cha...20,91522100
7/2/2010Arnold, CA

Working-Wilton39,895343010
6/16/2010Wilton, NH

JJ-Residence9,617100
6/7/2010San Antonio, TX

Thompson-Valley-Home10,822330
6/6/2010Monticello, FL

Naperville-Webster-S...26,3622360
5/21/2010Naperville, IL

Gary--Suzi11,063100
5/7/2010

crystal-falls-home28,82920270
5/5/2010Cedar Park, TX

Kapoho-Retirement-Ho...10,894130
5/4/2010Santa Ana, CA

NC--New-Construction10,495100
5/3/2010

Collins-on-Cobblesto...11,49521910
4/30/2010Waynesville, NC

Dwight--Colleen-Hart...11,899130
4/30/2010Vaughn, WA

Riley32,81532950
4/29/2010Cave Creek, AZ

The-New-Ries-Homeste...14,89119980
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-home13,105400
3/20/2010Tulsa, OK

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

Loris24,999110
3/11/2010

Seaton-Station10,246140
3/10/2010Siloam Springs, AR

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

ICF-in-Ann-Arbor26,225293710
1/25/2010Dexter, MI

DancingPines10,990200
1/25/2010Clinton, LA

Log-Cabin10,589150
1/23/2010indianapolis, IN

The-Kinzel-House9,984100
1/21/2010New Orleans, LA

PahrumpProject17,0665390
1/17/2010Spokane, WA

TheBeachHouse14,64113200
1/16/2010Shoreline, WA

Artist-Haven-Home14,958970
1/13/2010Kansas City, MO

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

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

WestermanFarm11,443130
11/10/2009Dickson, TN

Shane22,515600
10/31/2009San Antonio, TX

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

ICF-Keller-Tx51,215321220
10/6/2009Roanoke, TX

digs24,226100
9/30/2009Tracy City, TN

threegables21,395201340
9/29/2009Hartland, WI

LittleLakeCorner72,8651016040
9/29/2009Groveland, FL

Utah-Casa11,594200
9/28/2009Saratoga Springs, UT

Tornado-Reconstructi...11,041800
9/24/2009Port Neches, TX

toolehouse50,301891450
9/20/2009Reno, NV

Bobs-Blog53,001614140
9/16/2009New Florence, PA

Blessings10,210100
9/11/2009farmville, NC

Schrammelot15,9957900
9/11/2009Pierson, FL

PennsmithLostValleyT...35,861552150
9/9/2009Dripping Springs, TX

River-House10,646220
9/7/2009Clinton, NJ

SantaFe-in-AJ10,388100
8/28/2009Apache Junction, AZ

Dennis-Dream-Home30,066385050
8/27/2009Readington Twp, NJ

Massive-Undertaking11,5391100
8/26/2009Wimauma, FL

Lafayette10,296200
8/11/2009Cramerton, NC

Dream-site-on-the-La...11,087200
8/5/2009La Porte, TX

Williams-New-Home-Si...10,337110
8/2/2009Windsor, NC

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

PensacolaBeachHouse10,236110
6/22/2009Gulf Breeze, FL

12YEARSINTHEPLANNING10,880120
6/16/2009LADSON, SC

Steinys-Hideaway10,856200
6/9/2009Venice, CA

DreamHome29,501261900
6/7/2009Orlando, FL

CastleHeims20,76921590
6/5/2009Cedar Rapids, IA

Utah-Warehouse10,104220
5/20/2009Fairview, UT

Where-to-start12,437610
5/16/2009Lemoore, CA

Castle-Rock-Lakehous...16,35910840
4/27/2009Necedah, WI

Oleg25,981360
4/22/2009San Diego, CA

MoeCompound10,269340
4/9/2009Camano Island, WA

Huckleberry-Home10,339200
4/8/2009Williamstown, NJ

Vonk24,244100
4/7/2009Zeeland, MI

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

EatonLoch-Haven11,137110
4/1/2009Roanoke, VA

windowsnsiding10,201110
3/28/2009Long Island, NY

Arkansas-First-Timer25,86639880
3/27/2009Trumann, AR

Back-Home-In-Crisp12,427111510
3/22/2009Ennis, TX

Victor--Susan-0820,344211210
3/17/2009Ruckersville, VA

Rick-and-Tinas-dream...11,659120
3/14/2009Auburndale, FL

Keener-Road13,0484100
3/11/2009Elizabethtown, PA

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

MadisonGA11,1801130
2/26/2009Madison, GA

Techbuilt-Scammed12,619100
2/25/2009Rebew, LA

choanne83110,209100
2/9/2009charlotte, NC

WilliamsinVegas34,009301190
1/29/2009Henderson, NV

PhilesBryant12,068260
1/20/2009graham, WA

MortgageSmart10,437100
1/19/2009Cocoa, FL

QuarterlyHouse57,914136990
1/12/2009Orlando, FL

RabbitRun19,778311690
1/11/2009Afton, VA

Sonave-Sunsets10,544120
1/9/2009Yucca, AZ

Heart-of-PA16,1429160
1/6/2009Lewistown, PA

Krusehome11,617200
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-Home11,803460
12/6/2008Vero Beach, FL

ranch-house10,433100
11/25/2008springfield, IL

Howard-Georgia-Retir...16,065670
11/9/2008Harlem, GA

The-Woods-Journal11,306110
11/6/2008Doraville, GA

StansTLH16,0251090
11/1/2008Tehachapi, CA

Kevin--Kerrys-Dream11,574350
10/17/2008Northvale, NJ

Katabatic-Wind12,180470
10/16/2008Huntsville, AL

Elmhurst-Modern13,635120
10/14/2008elmhurst, IL

Accessible-House11,6053100
10/14/2008Munford, TN

Cherry-Valley-Vista10,661120
10/5/2008Duvall, WA

Jon-and-Mollys-House18,273150
9/25/2008Ellicott City, MD

Proctor-ICF11,733110
9/25/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Hawaiian-Bungalo18,072111020
9/23/2008Holualoa, HI

Pete--Rhiannon12,745430
9/19/2008Springfield, MO

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

dmaceld20,76414880
9/16/2008Nampa, ID

Help-with-Goulds-and...12,900100
9/16/2008tampa, FL

Consulting10,305100
9/2/2008Orlando, FL

AlaskaICFREMOTEHouse16,72119380
8/17/2008Wasilla, AK

NC-Pond-House11,769320
8/4/2008Wilmington, NC

MargaritaVilla11,383240
8/4/2008Raleigh, NC

Latest-update12,6798100
8/4/2008Sierra Vista, AZ

ANDREA11,269400
8/2/2008Dallas, TX

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

Avenida-Del-Sol15,17413520
7/31/2008Peoria, AZ

dream-home-ohio11,334600
7/30/2008Zanesville, OH

Penetang-Craftsman10,963360
7/27/2008Penetanguishene, ON

Tristan--11,419600
7/25/2008Lebanon, NJ

Dreamy-Design-in-Glo...16,720100
7/9/2008Clifton, VA

need-help-Jim11,902110
7/8/2008Bandon, OR

deltona-fl-custom-ho...12,4994140
7/6/2008Deltona Beach, FL

Ingraham-House-Chape...11,751200
6/29/2008Cary, NC

famborgie10,657100
6/26/2008Lockhart, TX

95821-Addition21,9187140
6/24/2008Sacramento, CA

Cajun-Homestead19,05112930
6/22/2008Lafayette, LA

West-Texas-Ranch-Hou...12,854110
6/18/2008Andrews, TX

Quail-Bluff-Pasco12,6609290
6/10/2008Pasco, WA

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

mike-and-tori-darnle...13,092510
6/2/2008Rainbow, CA

Lin-Washington10,601100
5/29/2008Fresno, CA

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

Hidden-Valley-Texas10,740100
5/7/2008Southlake, TX

cosdreamhome41,394731470
5/5/2008Colorado Springs, CO

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

Cyberdoc-Residence10,950200
4/25/2008San Diego, CA

Fortune-House10,975100
4/17/2008Mooresville, NC

Joeb28,805400
4/15/2008Oakland, FL

Alvin-House11,216200
4/14/2008LaPorte, TX

Thomas-Home--Raintre...21,273271800
4/9/2008Lee's Summit, MO

Greg--Kathys-New-Hou...12,208200
4/3/2008Barryton, MI

Where-is-Waldo28,32344830
4/2/2008Marion, OH

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

Mayfield-House10,678100
3/31/2008Mayfield, UT

beamanhouse10,724100
3/27/2008Manistique, MI

Kanak-ICF--Virginia15,499900
3/26/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Sheldon-St15,324300
3/21/2008Orlando, FL

Bert-25,906310
3/20/2008Southern, CA

Our-Ohio-ICF-home22,01120270
3/20/2008Mansfield, OH

ericdc11,215310
3/8/2008Uniontown, PA

EurekaHouse-ICF15,0895150
3/6/2008Berkeley, CA

Superstition-Views15,406281600
3/6/2008Mesa, AZ

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

Our-House10,569100
2/24/2008Miami, FL

httpownerbuilderbook...13,317830
2/19/2008Clayton, NY

JourneyBackHome10,405100
2/3/2008Oviedo, FL

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

DDs-ICF12,407330
1/27/2008New Smyrna Bch, FL

EurekaMT-Timberframe12,0321430
1/24/2008Augusta, MI

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

Casa-Bella11,353100
1/14/2008Pueblo West, CO

Gordon-Lake-House15,37117510
1/3/2008Oakland, IA

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

Florida-Waterfront-C...14,944310
12/29/2007PB, FL

6158-in-Montgomery-T...11,297410
12/23/2007Conroe, TX

ClearwaterHills13,710260
12/14/2007Paradise Valley, AZ

BobDonna9,988100
12/12/2007Sacramento, CA

AboveTheAppleTree9,966100
12/8/2007La Farge, WI

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

Building-the-Dream-i...13,774700
11/29/2007Gladstone, OR

Ingram-Fleming-ICF-H...16,375480
11/29/2007Plant City, FL

inniagara9,461100
11/24/2007Niagara Falls, ON

SchnabelEstate10,582240
11/16/2007Avon, IN

WeAreBuildingAgain21,39527560
11/15/2007Orlando, FL

Lake-Pleasant10,538210
11/14/2007Erie, PA

Green-for-Dean10,559100
11/10/2007San Jose, CA

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

FlagholeRoad10,623260
10/25/2007Franklin, NH

Beckynray11,785300
10/24/2007Powhatan, VA

Spicewood-TX12,270330
10/20/2007Austin, TX

Powderhorn24,167481760
10/4/2007Florida

Luray-VA-1stTimeBuil...14,851730
10/4/2007Luray, VA

kittyfhughesnet10,327250
9/27/2007Noblesville, IN

Scott-Family10,913100
9/25/2007Trinity, AL

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

RozBuildingAdventure10,793100
9/14/2007San Pablo, CA

Helpful-Tips11,888200
9/13/2007Encinitas, CA

Poplar-Creek-Farm13,8295250
9/10/2007Oakland Park, FL

TheWillemsHome21,5511750
9/10/2007Galloway Township, NJ

ComfortHome11,365200
8/30/2007Dublin, OH

10000-sq-feet36,34622260
8/26/2007La Habra Heights, CA

Bird-house12,4873400
8/22/2007Ithaca, NY

Circle-S_ICF_House35,776462640
8/21/2007Sparta, IL

New-England-Saltbox10,767100
8/16/2007Columbia, SC

RamblewoodatJeterFar...11,5846330
8/10/2007Kansas City, MO

Kraemer-Collinwood-H...11,173200
7/21/2007Delano, MN

BigOakBuilderTX14,797270
7/20/2007Wharton, TX

Johnson-Family-Dream11,026100
7/20/2007Normal, IL

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

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

WindyJ14,94911260
7/2/2007Knoxville, TN

Vistoso-Green-Home12,272310
6/28/2007Tucson, AZ

Lewis-Chapel-House16,477200
6/25/2007Dunlap, TN

father-daughter10,525200
6/25/2007Loveland, CO

davewhite11,507100
6/24/2007Nanaimo, BC

NutmegWedgefieldOrla...12,493600
6/22/2007Orlando, FL

4600SF-Dream-Home-in...14,585410
6/19/2007Mooresville, NC

Coeur-dAlene-Idaho-H...12,363240
6/13/2007Coeur d Alene, ID

Tampa-Bay13,939490
6/10/2007Ruskin, FL

Dream-In-Progress14,377540
6/7/2007Shawnee, KS

todd-in-tullahoma10,903100
6/4/2007tullahoma, TN

TheOwens11,681300
6/1/2007Dickson, TN

Country-Cleaver11,806140
5/29/2007Springfield, IL

South-Dakota-Lake-Ho...12,0726110
5/23/2007Sioux Falls, SD

Gods-Home11,217200
5/18/2007Eustis, FL

hammock11,071110
5/14/2007Martinez, GA

Grove-St-Rocklin11,150300
5/13/2007Orangevale, CA

Gardeners-Delight11,982330
5/13/2007Norristown, PA

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

do-over-house12,643200
4/25/2007Roseville, CA

Mountain-Building11,381370
4/21/2007Hiawassee, GA

Alaskan-Log-Home12,708120
4/15/2007Tok, AK

Warner-Dream12,903600
4/11/2007Astatula, FL

RehmannSchreiner13,89318150
4/2/2007Maple Grove, MN

outspokenbikeguy13,5444140
3/29/2007Sanford, FL

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

PolkCityProject15,2007110
3/21/2007Norcross, GA

DwaynePam12,037200
3/21/2007Normal, IL

cypressknoll11,101100
3/20/2007Palm Coast, FL

candlepower19,117241550
3/20/2007Lansing, IA

Team-Rosa11,973200
3/19/2007Springfield, VA

GLOUCESTER11,654120
3/17/2007Newport News, VA

Ohiodreamhome12,0364140
3/16/2007Reynoldsburg, OH

Gypsy-Love12,525110
3/12/2007Highland, NY

Forrest-Towne11,710220
3/10/2007Brinnon, WA

Dreams-Come-True10,981100
3/8/2007Glen St Mary, FL

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

BrandonBuildingBlog11,779100
3/4/2007Layton, UT

SafecreteHouse13,030300
3/4/2007Raleigh, NC

newbie-12,139100
2/21/2007North Plains, OR

BuzzardsNest14,382310
2/14/2007Saint Lucie, FL

woodfamilyhome12,491200
2/10/2007Keno, OR

vegascastle11,812100
2/3/2007Henderson, NV

newsteel17,781100
1/28/2007Florence, SC

Dream-Home-200712,312100
1/27/2007Gwynn Oak, MD

DelgadosAdobeAbode12,712200
1/18/2007San Diego, CA

bobindeltona14,935250
1/14/2007Deltona, FL

Highland6412,425300
1/8/2007New Orleans, LA

SmallProjectSilverSp...17,7591020
1/7/2007Silver Springs, NV

BeehlerHome22,68711640
1/3/2007Kalamazoo, MI

eveningshade12,021110
12/25/2006Evening Shade, AR

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Previous Owner-Builder for Kerry in Northvale, NJ at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Home for Owner-Builders

What was the age of your previous home?
 More than 45 yrs.
 
How many finished levels in your most recent owner-built house?
 Three
 
What type of construction?
 Conventional framing
 
House style?
 Victorian
 
How much did you save altogether vs. appraised or street value?
 40% - 45%
 
How many hours did you spend as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 800 - 900 hrs.
 
Were you working when you owner-built?
 Both working
 
Who took primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Wife primary
 
What trades did you do yourself?
 painting, tiling, doors, moulding
 
How much did you save on the trades you did yourself?
 $30,000 - $50,000
 
How long did your self-work trades take?
 500 - 600 hours
 
How many bids did you get for each subcontracted trade, on average?
 Three
 
Did you get bids from generals?
 Two
 
Have you had it appraised?
 Yes
 
Was yours a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
How many children do you have?
 Two
 
What is the R-value of your walls?
 R-15
 

Future Owner-Builder for Kerry in Northvale, NJ at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Home for Owner-Builders

How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 Three
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 Conventional
 
Planned house style?
 Other
 
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 35% - 40%
 
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 > 1,000 hrs.
 
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Both working
 
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Wife primary
 
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 No
 
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 5%
 
What time of year will you start?
 October
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 700 - 800 hours
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 One time total
 
Are you organized?
 Very
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Good shopper
 
What is the average monthly maintenance cost of the house you'll be leaving?
 $300 - $400
 
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 Six to 12 months
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 One
 
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $200 - $250
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
Will you build in town or in the country?
 Urban
 
What's the population of the community where you will build?
 100,000-150,000
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
 None
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Fiberglass batts
 
What will be the R-value of your walls?
 R-19
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 No experience in the industry whatsoever
 
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
 More than eight books
 
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
 Two
 
How many children do you have?
 Two
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 Two
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 Four
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 3-4
 
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 Two compressors
 
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 2x4
 
How many tools do you own?
 $3,000 - $4,000
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 One time
 
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 Blue collar
 
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will even take video
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 One
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 20-25 hours
 
What are the most helpful websites for your owner-builder project?
 this one, byoh
 
Why are you considering owner-building?
 

cost savings

control

personal satisfaction

 

 
What print publications do you read regularly?
 

daily news

bottom line

money magazine

 
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $250 - $275
 

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