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are the steps we recommend to plan a smooth, money-saving project. How
to have fun before, during, and after construction. Six pages, revised and updated
with new reader tips, web links and comments.
- Avoidable delay items
- Websites that help you plan
- Planning software
- Avoiding change orders
- How planning saves money
- How soon to go to drawing phase
- Avoiding disasters
Excerpt from Report:
"...Create or add to a dream home notebook.
Generate personal financial statements and supporting documentation.
Develop a file of house pictures you like.
Make seasonal observations at your property.
Go out to projects and watch homes go up, talk to foremen.
List and refine your house ideas.
Develop lists of features.
Measure rooms you like in other houses.
Do extra research on kitchens and baths.
Write up specs for each trade.
Develop preliminary design with architect or designer.
Tour the 'Parade of Homes' in your area and take notes..."
Sample Reader Tip Excerpts:
are building on the central coast of California, 200 miles from where
we live. We found that they are allocating building permits, and it
takes two years to get one, so we put in an allocation application
right away. After that experience, I began to take the local paper from
Joanne & Jerry C.
San Jose, CA
“I’m in the planning stage, am an engineer, retired, building a
house on a golf course, friend is architect, I did the basic layout,
gave him a lot of details. Start in February. Been doing
what you recommend in your book, looking at subs work,
getting names of subs that do good work, visiting suppliers,
and talking to other owner-builders. And have talked to an
O-B building on 9th hole on same golf course.”
La Jolla, CA
in commercial construction, and will break ground end of this season on
my own home after 8-10 mos. of planning. We want to make sure there are
no change orders. I can ask technical questions of everybody on our
Curtis & Cheryl B.