From $9.95


Statistics

Users
Total: 31,030
Visited Last 30 days: 148
Forum Messages
Total: 20,757
Last 30 days: 7
Forum Evaluations
Total: 24,153
Last 30 days: 0
Journal Entries
Total: 5,282
Last 30 days: 9
Connections
Total: 15,159
Last 30 days: 3
Downloads
Total: 82,292

Journals

Name
The-Last-Rodeo Angel Fire, NM
23,750 Visits | 262 Posts | 412 Pix | 4 Videos
Geosynthetic-Systems
8 Visits | 1 Posts | 1 Pix | 0 Videos
Tanglewood Colorado Springs, CO
113,216 Visits | 947 Posts | 2,457 Pix | 42 Videos
vanphuccity Ho Chi Minh, AL
22 Visits | 2 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
MCKAY-ICF-BUILD Oconomowoc, WI
49 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Car-Rentals-in-Udaip... Delhi, AL
55 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Art-Camacho New Braunfels, TX
816 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Quijada-project-Lake... Lake Havasu City, AZ
107 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Port-Townsend-Build Sherman Oaks, CA
112 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
MesaBarnHouse Mesa, AZ
1,224 Visits | 33 Posts | 46 Pix | 0 Videos
LalcoInteriors1 Mumbai, AL
121 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Stan-Tol Winter Springs, FL
205 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
washougalhome Washougal, WA
543 Visits | 21 Posts | 118 Pix | 0 Videos
Metal-Buildings Conroe, TX
290 Visits | 1 Posts | 1 Pix | 0 Videos
benson-bondstone-hom... Coeur d'Alene, AL
234 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Demetrius Kansas City, KS
349 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
Genes-Job Cocoa, FL
427 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
NorthPoleHome North Pole, AK
38,529 Visits | 40 Posts | 177 Pix | 0 Videos
TheHoskensProject Dome-ville, FL
66,736 Visits | 176 Posts | 522 Pix | 4 Videos
DCS
442 Visits | 1 Posts | 0 Pix | 0 Videos
See all journals...

Current Top-Rated Posters


Thanks for the advice. This site is the best for O-B's. You have all been so helpful!!!
Nick Colella

Try one of our new Construction Bargain Strategies for free. Coupon code: CBS. One strategy could save you $1,000 or $10,000 or maybe $50,000 when you build or remodel.

Amazon.com Interview

You may email Mark A. Smith at Mark@OwnerBuilderBook.com

Amazon.com: Where are you from? How--if at all--has your sense of place colored your writing?

M.S.: I was born in New Jersey, and lived in a wonderful old colonial home with my 11 brothers and sisters. Later I went to Utah and met many large families with beautiful homes. People are more resourceful in Utah than anywhere else I've lived, and I consider it the owner-builder capital of the world. We live in a very nice subdivision in Provo, Utah and there is a street near us with 12 houses on it. Nine of those were owner-built.

Amazon.com: When and why did you begin writing? When did you first consider yourself a writer?

M.S.: I wrote my first book in college, and never had the chance to get back to it during a busy life trying to succeed as a manager and consultant. I rediscovered my love for writing as a consultant when I developed marketing plans for clients. It was a lot of fun to make the plans interesting and to see a buzz develop among managers when the plans were delivered to their desks. It is very valuable to interview lots of knowledgeable people when you research and take their often pithy words and ideas and weave them into a"good read." The Owner-Builder Book has valuable content, in fact, because it is based on 200 interviews Elaine and I did before writing.

Amazon.com: Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way? What books have most influenced your life?

M.S.: I love self-help books, and have read several hundred of them. Three or four of them have changed my life. I think a good book of this type should give you lots of clear steps to follow and a good reason to follow them. In other words, the book should motivate, even inspire, you.

Amazon.com: What are you working on?

M.S.: After conducting several workshops for owner-builders, we began to understand their needs and how they learn. We are always dismayed when someone looks into owner-building and is intimidated before they start. We have tried to create support materials that overcome this problem and take the fear out of owner-building. We have several sets of audiotapes, videos, software, special reports, and even offer other people's books on owner-building on our web site, OwnerBuilderBook.com. I personally like audiotapes as a way to learn and get motivated, but most people like videos. So we are working on videos to make it easier for people. In our own lives, we are developing plans for another couple of homes on which we plan to base books. The next is a starter home that we plan to build for $50,000. We have 75 pages of notes for that house. And we want to ultimately build a dream house that won't lack much of anything. We have a dream home notebook of over 100 pages on that.

Amazon.com: What do you see as the major issues in your book category?

M.S.: The thing that bothers me about most of the books I found on owner-building is the propaganda in them that leads people back into the hands of general contractors. It is easy to scare people off. Our purpose is to motivate and give them the tools to do the job. And I think people need to know that they don't need to knock themselves out doing all the actual work on their project to save money. Our book demonstrates that most of the serious savings are in the contracting end. Elaine and I want people to have a great experience building and then the same satisfaction that we do in a great house that you planned well.



Ready to buy? Click here...
Copyright 1997-2018 Consensus Group Inc.