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Barrel-Race7,140791630
TuesdayHouston, TX

Cobbler-Mountain-Hom...38100
MondayAlexandria, VA

Vilano-Beach--Water-...21,245391170
4/5/2014Saint Augustine, FL

HudsonHouse7,048300
4/2/2014Omaha, NE

Tanglewood86,9747862,22242
3/24/2014Colorado Springs, CO

697MarlinAustinArea1,22218910
3/15/2014Austin/McDade, TX

1860s-Texas-rehabnew...43,200441910
3/14/2014Boerne, TX

Bladenkirk557640
3/13/2014White Oak, NC

P-Wade-Crocker452100
3/12/2014Spring, TX

Shana530200
3/11/2014Chaffee, MO

OwensNewHome60,0971033810
2/2/2014Chandler, AZ

Du-Lock-Lane1,333200
2/1/2014Houston, TX

Family-Affair10,641440
1/31/2014Saint Petersburg, FL

TheCastle10,023270
1/23/2014Cheshire, CT

The-Last-Rodeo9,71027100
1/14/2014Angel Fire, NM

TheHoskensProject58,6001504333
12/31/2013Dome-ville, central, FL

NorthPoleHome30,293341330
12/29/2013North Pole, AK

navarre-village-buil...1,210100
12/26/2013Gulf Breeze, FL

Seven-Peaks-Faswall-...34,895483181
11/18/2013Graeagle, CA

The-Dailey-Project1,802100
10/27/2013Pompano Beach, FL

Beaver-Creek-Ranch30,345213210
10/15/2013Hayfork, CA

The-Cortes-Adventure17,718520
10/14/2013Snowflake, AZ

jeff3,905300
8/29/2013Jackson, MO

Miami-FL-country-hom...5,408320
7/30/2013Miami, FL

Brevard-County--Pt-S...2,587100
7/17/2013Rockledge, FL

Dream-Build-Austin-T...4,191300
4/17/2013Austin, TX

Eschete-Dome22,46130530
12/24/2012Lafayette, LA

ChapelHillNCBob5,597110
10/23/2012Chapel Hill, NC

The-Skimino-Bluff7,0203130
10/13/2012Williamsburg, VA

Octagon-in-Glencoe-C...48,881144110
10/8/2012Glencoe , CA

nateshomemtpeakview4,701100
9/29/2012

sherman20,107221560
9/27/2012Downers Grove, IL

Omaha9,224380
9/13/2012Omaha, NE

Holy-Hill-House16,54935530
8/27/2012Richfield, WI

Omega-CEO5,674110
8/13/2012Manassas, VA

JayHouse10,3667190
6/22/2012Sebastopol, CA

30233,45823770
5/20/2012Belfair, WA

SunburnStateHome6,347110
3/6/2012Charlotte County, FL

VICTOR-MONTANA8,143110
2/22/2012Victor, MT

Houston-720125966,825100
1/21/2012Houston, TX

Workshop15,637630
1/8/2012Florissant, CO

Our-simple-home11,858223080
12/5/2011LaPorte, IN

ICF-Construction19,445500
11/11/2011Elkridge, MD

Little-Help-from-my-...12,32211150
11/4/2011Rockwall, TX

YaNYca14,040810
10/29/2011Boston, MA

The-Man-Refuge10,885310
10/19/2011San Antonio, TX

mckernanmc11,191320
10/6/2011Amite, LA

Large-Family-Compoun...7,473200
9/23/2011Covington, GA

Woodchuck-Ridge10,349480
9/12/2011Akron, OH

Forever-Home-Sweet-H...21,02234310
8/24/2011Issaquah, WA

Clarksville-MD9,118200
8/22/2011Eldersburg, MD

steve-n-carolyn16,3694140
8/21/2011Sun City, CA

Old-York8,213200
7/27/2011Bridgewater, NJ

Carriage-House17,13220282
7/24/2011Ft. Collins, CO

DomeSweetDome22,39518291
6/4/2011Suffolk, VA

Goodpasture24,268562880
5/28/2011Westminster, CO

Marks-Log-Cabin13,963392210
5/12/2011Altoona, PA

Bill21,225100
5/4/2011Tucson, AZ

Mueller-Dream-Home8,841100
4/15/2011

Oklahoma-Steel10,791650
4/13/2011Minco, OK

DutchG8,458200
4/5/2011

HiddenInOhio10,3699130
4/1/2011Elyria, OH

MagnoliaHouse8,909100
3/29/2011Houston, TX

Buffaloader13,785200
1/11/2011Valley Center, KS

SouthernEcoHome27,90920210
1/9/2011Blacksburg, VA

Austrian-Chalet14,211780
1/2/2011Twin Lakes, CO

Vista-Ridge13,22921660
12/21/2010Swanton, OH

OurFarmstead28,524601890
12/10/2010Pennsylvania

AirparkHome-Remodel29,70622460
11/8/2010Hillsboro, OR

Holloway10,916200
11/7/2010Petersburg, VA

Building-Our-Lakefro...9,797110
11/5/2010Piscataway, NJ

SunburyGalena-Build9,063100
11/3/2010Galena, OH

BUILDING-OUR-GREEN-D...9,913800
11/2/2010Pattison, TX

RR-Homestead24,05031740
10/26/2010Janesville, CA

Casa-Paradiso-Vieque...9,875200
10/19/2010Chelsea, MA

Millerbuild11,1375110
10/1/2010Carstairs, AB

Delisledigs11,554300
9/16/2010Jacksonville, FL

h20dave11,386430
9/10/2010Waterloo, AL

Mountain-Idyl11,126900
9/9/2010Asheville, NC

High-over-Lake-Granb...14,61812230
9/8/2010Granbury, TX

Homestead36,00964850
9/8/2010Smithville, MO

philandjan12,992100
9/2/2010

Commons10,209200
8/21/2010Atascocita, TX

Our-First-OB-home10,605300
7/27/2010Gardner, KS

Louisiana-Mediterran...20,163311870
7/21/2010Sunset, LA

Crows-Nest9,885100
7/20/2010

Patterson-Project10,448400
7/16/2010John's Island, SC

Hidden-Meadow-Home12,4912100
7/13/2010Murrieta, CA

New-house-in-Selah-W...10,244140
7/4/2010Belfair, WA

Arnold-CA-Alpine-cha...20,97522100
7/2/2010Arnold, CA

Working-Wilton39,954343010
6/16/2010Wilton, NH

JJ-Residence9,660100
6/7/2010San Antonio, TX

Thompson-Valley-Home10,864330
6/6/2010Monticello, FL

Naperville-Webster-S...26,4332360
5/21/2010Naperville, IL

Gary--Suzi11,103100
5/7/2010

crystal-falls-home28,90320270
5/5/2010Cedar Park, TX

Kapoho-Retirement-Ho...10,937130
5/4/2010Santa Ana, CA

NC--New-Construction10,529100
5/3/2010

Collins-on-Cobblesto...11,53221910
4/30/2010Waynesville, NC

Dwight--Colleen-Hart...11,940130
4/30/2010Vaughn, WA

Riley32,89432950
4/29/2010Cave Creek, AZ

The-New-Ries-Homeste...14,94019980
4/21/2010Polk/Richfield/Erin/Hartford, WI

The-Season9,575130
4/10/2010Mount Airy, NC

The-Naas-Place10,085200
3/30/2010Pittsburg, CA

Phil-and-Lauras-home13,134400
3/20/2010Tulsa, OK

Southport-NC-Home17,600201281
3/18/2010Southport, NC

Loris25,071110
3/11/2010

Seaton-Station10,284140
3/10/2010Siloam Springs, AR

Backwoods-Project14,345390
3/4/2010Jeffersonville, GA

ICF-in-Ann-Arbor26,268293710
1/25/2010Dexter, MI

DancingPines11,032200
1/25/2010Clinton, LA

Log-Cabin10,628150
1/23/2010indianapolis, IN

The-Kinzel-House10,029100
1/21/2010New Orleans, LA

PahrumpProject17,1005390
1/17/2010Spokane, WA

TheBeachHouse14,67613200
1/16/2010Shoreline, WA

Artist-Haven-Home14,999970
1/13/2010Kansas City, MO

SOPHIA--SAMUELDELAWA...17,46711310
12/2/2009Smyrna, DE

Plant-City-Craftsman16,8744100
11/22/2009Plant City, FL

WestermanFarm11,490130
11/10/2009Dickson, TN

Shane22,572600
10/31/2009San Antonio, TX

ADCountryHome12,9091130
10/31/2009Fort Worth, TX

ICF-Keller-Tx51,267321220
10/6/2009Roanoke, TX

digs24,300100
9/30/2009Tracy City, TN

threegables21,453201340
9/29/2009Hartland, WI

LittleLakeCorner73,0211016040
9/29/2009Groveland, FL

Utah-Casa11,633200
9/28/2009Saratoga Springs, UT

Tornado-Reconstructi...11,085800
9/24/2009Port Neches, TX

toolehouse50,374891450
9/20/2009Reno, NV

Bobs-Blog53,059614140
9/16/2009New Florence, PA

Blessings10,246100
9/11/2009farmville, NC

Schrammelot16,0417900
9/11/2009Pierson, FL

PennsmithLostValleyT...35,932552150
9/9/2009Dripping Springs, TX

River-House10,679220
9/7/2009Clinton, NJ

SantaFe-in-AJ10,430100
8/28/2009Apache Junction, AZ

Dennis-Dream-Home30,133385050
8/27/2009Readington Twp, NJ

Massive-Undertaking11,5861100
8/26/2009Wimauma, FL

Lafayette10,340200
8/11/2009Cramerton, NC

Dream-site-on-the-La...11,126200
8/5/2009La Porte, TX

Williams-New-Home-Si...10,381110
8/2/2009Windsor, NC

Cobblestone-Lane10,464100
7/30/2009Great Falls, MT

PensacolaBeachHouse10,269110
6/22/2009Gulf Breeze, FL

12YEARSINTHEPLANNING10,921120
6/16/2009LADSON, SC

Steinys-Hideaway10,890200
6/9/2009Venice, CA

DreamHome29,543261900
6/7/2009Orlando, FL

CastleHeims20,80921590
6/5/2009Cedar Rapids, IA

Utah-Warehouse10,143220
5/20/2009Fairview, UT

Where-to-start12,488610
5/16/2009Lemoore, CA

Castle-Rock-Lakehous...16,39910840
4/27/2009Necedah, WI

Oleg26,049360
4/22/2009San Diego, CA

MoeCompound10,311340
4/9/2009Camano Island, WA

Huckleberry-Home10,377200
4/8/2009Williamstown, NJ

Vonk24,322100
4/7/2009Zeeland, MI

Small-Timber-Frame14,726110
4/2/2009Central Mass, MA

EatonLoch-Haven11,173110
4/1/2009Roanoke, VA

windowsnsiding10,241110
3/28/2009Long Island, NY

Arkansas-First-Timer25,95139880
3/27/2009Trumann, AR

Back-Home-In-Crisp12,465111510
3/22/2009Ennis, TX

Victor--Susan-0820,385211210
3/17/2009Ruckersville, VA

Rick-and-Tinas-dream...11,699120
3/14/2009Auburndale, FL

Keener-Road13,0944100
3/11/2009Elizabethtown, PA

NC-Newbie10,998100
3/10/2009Boone, NC

MadisonGA11,2141130
2/26/2009Madison, GA

Techbuilt-Scammed12,661100
2/25/2009Rebew, LA

choanne83110,255100
2/9/2009charlotte, NC

WilliamsinVegas34,063301190
1/29/2009Henderson, NV

PhilesBryant12,102260
1/20/2009graham, WA

MortgageSmart10,477100
1/19/2009Cocoa, FL

QuarterlyHouse58,008136990
1/12/2009Orlando, FL

RabbitRun19,824311690
1/11/2009Afton, VA

Sonave-Sunsets10,578120
1/9/2009Yucca, AZ

Heart-of-PA16,1849160
1/6/2009Lewistown, PA

Krusehome11,656200
12/27/2008Lake City, FL

BrunkHouseAlmaKansas15,671260
12/26/2008Garden Grove, CA

Raider-Bills-Tenn-Ho...14,6796320
12/22/2008Largo, FL

Andel-Ranch28,362334020
12/17/2008Rogers, TX

Elijahs-Home11,844460
12/6/2008Vero Beach, FL

ranch-house10,473100
11/25/2008springfield, IL

Howard-Georgia-Retir...16,127670
11/9/2008Harlem, GA

The-Woods-Journal11,346110
11/6/2008Doraville, GA

StansTLH16,0871090
11/1/2008Tehachapi, CA

Kevin--Kerrys-Dream11,615350
10/17/2008Northvale, NJ

Katabatic-Wind12,225470
10/16/2008Huntsville, AL

Elmhurst-Modern13,673120
10/14/2008elmhurst, IL

Accessible-House11,6563100
10/14/2008Munford, TN

Cherry-Valley-Vista10,703120
10/5/2008Duvall, WA

Jon-and-Mollys-House18,329150
9/25/2008Ellicott City, MD

Proctor-ICF11,775110
9/25/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Hawaiian-Bungalo18,114111020
9/23/2008Holualoa, HI

Pete--Rhiannon12,780430
9/19/2008Springfield, MO

2008-Cedar-Ln17,62414350
9/19/2008Seaville, NJ

dmaceld20,82214880
9/16/2008Nampa, ID

Help-with-Goulds-and...12,946100
9/16/2008tampa, FL

Consulting10,346100
9/2/2008Orlando, FL

AlaskaICFREMOTEHouse16,79619380
8/17/2008Wasilla, AK

NC-Pond-House11,818320
8/4/2008Wilmington, NC

MargaritaVilla11,432240
8/4/2008Raleigh, NC

Latest-update12,7198100
8/4/2008Sierra Vista, AZ

ANDREA11,319400
8/2/2008Dallas, TX

The-Ridges14,09311130
7/31/2008Logan, UT

Avenida-Del-Sol15,21813520
7/31/2008Peoria, AZ

dream-home-ohio11,374600
7/30/2008Zanesville, OH

Penetang-Craftsman11,010360
7/27/2008Penetanguishene, ON

Tristan--11,458600
7/25/2008Lebanon, NJ

Dreamy-Design-in-Glo...16,757100
7/9/2008Clifton, VA

need-help-Jim11,942110
7/8/2008Bandon, OR

deltona-fl-custom-ho...12,5344140
7/6/2008Deltona Beach, FL

Ingraham-House-Chape...11,784200
6/29/2008Cary, NC

famborgie10,692100
6/26/2008Lockhart, TX

95821-Addition21,9557140
6/24/2008Sacramento, CA

Cajun-Homestead19,09912930
6/22/2008Lafayette, LA

West-Texas-Ranch-Hou...12,894110
6/18/2008Andrews, TX

Quail-Bluff-Pasco12,7029290
6/10/2008Pasco, WA

Spyders-Web10,611100
6/10/2008Norman, OK

mike-and-tori-darnle...13,147510
6/2/2008Rainbow, CA

Lin-Washington10,639100
5/29/2008Fresno, CA

Capernall-House11,487420
5/15/2008Belleville, MI

Hidden-Valley-Texas10,771100
5/7/2008Southlake, TX

cosdreamhome41,449731470
5/5/2008Colorado Springs, CO

Sowle-Family-House13,276590
4/29/2008South Burlington, VT

Cyberdoc-Residence10,988200
4/25/2008San Diego, CA

Fortune-House11,001100
4/17/2008Mooresville, NC

Joeb28,874400
4/15/2008Oakland, FL

Alvin-House11,254200
4/14/2008LaPorte, TX

Thomas-Home--Raintre...21,320271800
4/9/2008Lee's Summit, MO

Greg--Kathys-New-Hou...12,247200
4/3/2008Barryton, MI

Where-is-Waldo28,37744830
4/2/2008Marion, OH

Nimmerrichters-Fores...10,098100
4/2/2008Waldorf, MD

Mayfield-House10,714100
3/31/2008Mayfield, UT

beamanhouse10,776100
3/27/2008Manistique, MI

Kanak-ICF--Virginia15,537900
3/26/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Sheldon-St15,383300
3/21/2008Orlando, FL

Bert-26,010310
3/20/2008Southern, CA

Our-Ohio-ICF-home22,05220270
3/20/2008Mansfield, OH

ericdc11,245310
3/8/2008Uniontown, PA

EurekaHouse-ICF15,1335150
3/6/2008Berkeley, CA

Superstition-Views15,450281600
3/6/2008Mesa, AZ

Blue-Springs-Project12,9378230
2/24/2008Broken Arrow, OK

Our-House10,609100
2/24/2008Miami, FL

httpownerbuilderbook...13,357830
2/19/2008Clayton, NY

JourneyBackHome10,440100
2/3/2008Oviedo, FL

Collier-Home12,901110
2/1/2008Little Rock, AR

DDs-ICF12,454330
1/27/2008New Smyrna Bch, FL

EurekaMT-Timberframe12,0691430
1/24/2008Augusta, MI

The-Larnerd-House13,5525210
1/21/2008Newport News, VA

Casa-Bella11,388100
1/14/2008Pueblo West, CO

Gordon-Lake-House15,41717510
1/3/2008Oakland, IA

STEPHANIES-DREAM12,58517570
12/30/2007Lower Burrell, PA

Florida-Waterfront-C...14,999310
12/29/2007PB, FL

6158-in-Montgomery-T...11,338410
12/23/2007Conroe, TX

ClearwaterHills13,758260
12/14/2007Paradise Valley, AZ

BobDonna10,030100
12/12/2007Sacramento, CA

AboveTheAppleTree10,005100
12/8/2007La Farge, WI

Casa-Nostra12,267230
12/2/2007Bangor, PA

Building-the-Dream-i...13,808700
11/29/2007Gladstone, OR

Ingram-Fleming-ICF-H...16,422480
11/29/2007Plant City, FL

inniagara9,499100
11/24/2007Niagara Falls, ON

SchnabelEstate10,618240
11/16/2007Avon, IN

WeAreBuildingAgain21,47627560
11/15/2007Orlando, FL

Lake-Pleasant10,583210
11/14/2007Erie, PA

Green-for-Dean10,591100
11/10/2007San Jose, CA

The-Ponderosa12,3658220
11/4/2007Perry, OK

FlagholeRoad10,665260
10/25/2007Franklin, NH

Beckynray11,824300
10/24/2007Powhatan, VA

Spicewood-TX12,312330
10/20/2007Austin, TX

Powderhorn24,223481760
10/4/2007Florida

Luray-VA-1stTimeBuil...14,891730
10/4/2007Luray, VA

kittyfhughesnet10,372250
9/27/2007Noblesville, IN

Scott-Family10,955100
9/25/2007Trinity, AL

Taking-the-Plunge13,4506180
9/18/2007Springfield, OH

RozBuildingAdventure10,825100
9/14/2007San Pablo, CA

Helpful-Tips11,926200
9/13/2007Encinitas, CA

Poplar-Creek-Farm13,8775250
9/10/2007Oakland Park, FL

TheWillemsHome21,6021750
9/10/2007Galloway Township, NJ

ComfortHome11,402200
8/30/2007Dublin, OH

10000-sq-feet36,39222260
8/26/2007La Habra Heights, CA

Bird-house12,5283400
8/22/2007Ithaca, NY

Circle-S_ICF_House35,860462640
8/21/2007Sparta, IL

New-England-Saltbox10,802100
8/16/2007Columbia, SC

RamblewoodatJeterFar...11,6206330
8/10/2007Kansas City, MO

Kraemer-Collinwood-H...11,219200
7/21/2007Delano, MN

BigOakBuilderTX14,849270
7/20/2007Wharton, TX

Johnson-Family-Dream11,064100
7/20/2007Normal, IL

19225-ROBERTSON-ST17,76014250
7/12/2007Orlando, FL

Thattle-Dew-Farm11,018220
7/12/2007Halls Harbour, NS

WindyJ15,00011260
7/2/2007Knoxville, TN

Vistoso-Green-Home12,309310
6/28/2007Tucson, AZ

Lewis-Chapel-House16,529200
6/25/2007Dunlap, TN

father-daughter10,566200
6/25/2007Loveland, CO

davewhite11,548100
6/24/2007Nanaimo, BC

NutmegWedgefieldOrla...12,533600
6/22/2007Orlando, FL

4600SF-Dream-Home-in...14,625410
6/19/2007Mooresville, NC

Coeur-dAlene-Idaho-H...12,398240
6/13/2007Coeur d Alene, ID

Tampa-Bay13,983490
6/10/2007Ruskin, FL

Dream-In-Progress14,425540
6/7/2007Shawnee, KS

todd-in-tullahoma10,937100
6/4/2007tullahoma, TN

TheOwens11,715300
6/1/2007Dickson, TN

Country-Cleaver11,846140
5/29/2007Springfield, IL

South-Dakota-Lake-Ho...12,1036110
5/23/2007Sioux Falls, SD

Gods-Home11,249200
5/18/2007Eustis, FL

hammock11,110110
5/14/2007Martinez, GA

Grove-St-Rocklin11,190300
5/13/2007Orangevale, CA

Gardeners-Delight12,016330
5/13/2007Norristown, PA

Newman-Family12,039100
4/26/2007oralndo, FL

do-over-house12,706200
4/25/2007Roseville, CA

Mountain-Building11,421370
4/21/2007Hiawassee, GA

Alaskan-Log-Home12,749120
4/15/2007Tok, AK

Warner-Dream12,942600
4/11/2007Astatula, FL

RehmannSchreiner13,93218150
4/2/2007Maple Grove, MN

outspokenbikeguy13,5754140
3/29/2007Sanford, FL

SmelltheForest35,870471480
3/23/2007Colorado Springs, CO

PolkCityProject15,2307110
3/21/2007Norcross, GA

DwaynePam12,085200
3/21/2007Normal, IL

cypressknoll11,139100
3/20/2007Palm Coast, FL

candlepower19,172241550
3/20/2007Lansing, IA

Team-Rosa12,007200
3/19/2007Springfield, VA

GLOUCESTER11,688120
3/17/2007Newport News, VA

Ohiodreamhome12,0744140
3/16/2007Reynoldsburg, OH

Gypsy-Love12,568110
3/12/2007Highland, NY

Forrest-Towne11,752220
3/10/2007Brinnon, WA

Dreams-Come-True11,014100
3/8/2007Glen St Mary, FL

Almost-A-Country-Gir...11,040100
3/7/2007Addison Township, MI

BrandonBuildingBlog11,809100
3/4/2007Layton, UT

SafecreteHouse13,074300
3/4/2007Raleigh, NC

newbie-12,190100
2/21/2007North Plains, OR

BuzzardsNest14,421310
2/14/2007Saint Lucie, FL

woodfamilyhome12,529200
2/10/2007Keno, OR

vegascastle11,851100
2/3/2007Henderson, NV

newsteel17,822100
1/28/2007Florence, SC

Dream-Home-200712,364100
1/27/2007Gwynn Oak, MD

DelgadosAdobeAbode12,750200
1/18/2007San Diego, CA

bobindeltona14,985250
1/14/2007Deltona, FL

Highland6412,471300
1/8/2007New Orleans, LA

SmallProjectSilverSp...17,8401020
1/7/2007Silver Springs, NV

BeehlerHome22,74811640
1/3/2007Kalamazoo, MI

eveningshade12,061110
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Previous Owner-Builder for Jody in Mount Airy, NC at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Home for Owner-Builders

How much construction industry experience did you have before you owner-built?
 4-5
 
How many finished levels in your most recent owner-built house?
 Two
 
What type of construction?
 Conventional framing
 
House style?
 Other
 
How much did you save altogether vs. appraised or street value?
 25% - 30%
 
How many hours did you spend as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 > 1,000 hrs.
 
Were you working when you owner-built?
 Both working
 
Who took primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
 
What trades did you do yourself?
 

Slab Prep

Waterproofing

Some Grading

Pour Footings

Framing

Plumbing

Electrical

 
How much did you save on the trades you did yourself?
 $30,000 - $50,000
 
How long did your self-work trades take?
 >1,000 hours
 
How many bids did you get for each subcontracted trade, on average?
 Three
 
Did you get bids from generals?
 One
 
Have you had it appraised?
 Yes
 
Was yours a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
Did you get materials separate from labor on any of the trades?
 50% - 60%
 
Did you have contract problems?
 None at all
 
Did you get liened by anybody?
 No liens
 
What percentage of O-B's do you think get liened?
 10% - 15%
 
How much time did it take to construct?
 More than ten months
 
How many trades were involved on your job?
 10 - 15
 
What time of year did you start?
 August
 
Did you get a construction loan without a contractor?
 Yes
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
How much combined time did you spend planning?
 400 - 500 hours
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 One time total
 
Are you organized?
 Very
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Good shopper
 
Did you use a designer, architect, stock plan?
 Designed My Own
 
Did you get a bad surprise on property taxes?
 No - I expected the tax assessment I got
 
Were utility costs in the new house a surprise?
 About what I expected
 
Did you have any problems getting your building permit?
 No problems as an owner-builder
 
Did you hire anybody from out of town?
 Two trades
 
Did you buy any materials from out of town?
 For two trades
 

Future Owner-Builder for Jody in Mount Airy, NC at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Home for Owner-Builders

How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
 One
 
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 Two
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 Conventional
 
Planned house style?
 Other
 
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 45% - 50%
 
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?
 Husband 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?
 1% - 5%
 
What time of year will you start?
 May
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 100 - 200 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 General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $225 - $250
 
What is the average monthly maintenance cost of the house you'll be leaving?
 $100 - $200
 
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $100 - $150
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
Will you build in town or in the country?
 Rural
 
What's the population of the community where you will build?
 <50,000
 
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 Six to 12 months
 
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-14
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 4-5
 
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
 One
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 One
 
How many children do you have?
 One
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 One
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 Three
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 2-3
 
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?
 2x6
 
How many tools do you own?
 $1,000 - $2,000
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 A hundred times
 
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 White collar
 
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will use a digital camera regularly
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 Two
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 1-5 hours
 
What are the most helpful websites for your owner-builder project?
 ownerbuilderbook.com
 
Why are you considering owner-building?
 

Save money.

Great experience.

 

 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 

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