About The Authors
Mr. Smith is President of The Consensus Group
, an independent publishing firm.
He is author of The Owner-Builder Book: How You Can Save
More Than $100,000 In The Construction of Your Custom Home
Along with his wife Elaine, Smith managed the construction of the couple's
Provo, Utah home at a savings of nearly $150,000 in 1997. Formerly the
Vice President of a commercial construction firm in Columbus, Ohio, Mr.
Smith had no previous residential construction experience before
building the Provo home. His book combines professional management and
commercial planning techniques with home management ideas to effect
major construction savings for even the inexperienced homeowner.
Smith is a 1977 graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of
Elaine Smith is a retired public educator with over 30 years experience in the
Provo City School system. She has taught on every level in the public
schools and served as Chairman of the Social Studies Department at Provo
High School. She is a former school librarian and Media Specialist,
holding a BYU Master's degree in Library Science. Serving as co-author
of The Owner-Builder Book
, she was an equal partner in the 1997
construction of the couple's Provo, Utah Riverbottoms home.