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I just wanted again to say thanks! We love our new house. It was one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. All of the energy efficiency we built in has made a house this size affordable! Thank you for The Owner-Builder Book and the website. It gave us hope we could do it ourselves and we did.
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Posted by Louise in Franklin, NH on 10/25/2007

There are so many things over the last four years that I've said I need to make note of so I can help someone else not make that mistake. One of the benefits of taking so long is that we've made some changes to the layout because we've realized it is more logical a different way. I'm tired now, so specifics are not coming to mind immediately. I've been pawing through old photos trying to find out which ones I have in electronic format so that I can upload them here. I was really good about documenting all the steps along the way - building the road, logging the land, using a sawmill to turn all the red oak trees into floorboards (which still have not been installed, they are very well acclimated). We've done almost everything ourselves except for the 69 sticks of dynamite to blast ledge for our 15' deep hole (30' x 60') and also the drilling of the well (480' deep and only 6 gallons/minute). We used ICF (insulated concrete form) from a company called RediForm (my cousin in Montana has used it twice now) and it was great as I (Louise, the girl) was able to help build all the exterior walls. We did it for the 12' basement walls, 9' first floor and for a 4' knee wall on the second floor.

I noticed on a New Hampshire forum that someone was asking about financing. We ended up going with a local bank, Franklin Savings Bank, as many banks did not want to deal with the owner-builder situation. Luckily, my husband has been a carpenter since he was 15 and worked for his grandfather, who was a general contractor - so he's got a lot of variety in his experience. We got a great rate (for 2004) of 4.5% but it is only fixed for five years, so we have got to get a move on with finishing the house so that we can refinance soon. We went way over budget (as I'm sure many do). Partially because of supply prices escalating so much with the war in Iraq and also after Hurricane Katrina (plywood was $12/sheet when we budgeted our project and $25/sheet when we bought it). My husband saw a special shower head on HGTV, where light comes down thru the water (Ondine ELS) and he just had to have it; so that was an additional $1,800 (at wholesale price) and we still have not installed it, as the master bathroom is low priority.

Stupidly, we added kids to the mixture in 2005 (my clock was ticking at age 39) and that really changed the picture (my ability to help out on the house and our ability to remain in the RV for another winter). Last year we had our second and final child and in another couple of years I'll be able to help do the finishing touches on the landscape (which is what I went to school for). After the holidays, maybe, I'll have more time to comb my memory for helpful details. Oh yes, I forgot to mention in the first entry... getting the DES (dept of environmental services) permit.. we had to raise our ROW as it went through two streams. Luckily someone gave us a heads-up on the permit being necessary and we got approval, but the hoops that might have to be jumped through must be considered before tackling such a large project.

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Walls up but stucco not on yet... how long will this take?
Getting the gables up without a wind while on top of a mountain was quite a challenge!
Now the outside is almost done... just a deck to be installed. Now for the inside! July, 2005.



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