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By Connie in Syracuse, UT on 11/3/2003


In Mark's book he talks about subs who don't finish or show up... he also mentions family and friends. We helped a friend build his home and now it's our turn. Guess what--no show. We have $0 budgeted for framing and so now with trusses sitting next to our home and snow on the ground, we are waiting for the weather to clear to hang the trusses.

So even if your budget is tight, budget something. So far our subs have been the most reliable. Another friend drew up our plans for free, great until we realized he forgot the brick, so our budget started off wrong because we had to bump the entire thing 4". Not much, but enough to cost more. We did at least a 1,000 hours of planning and got at least three bids on everything (except framing).

So far we have been able to make up the differences by looking for better prices. I check lumber each time I make an order and our lumber company gives me the lower price. Good luck to all of you, I am sure we are just headed for the headaches, the choices are about to begin. Connie
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By Ross in Hillsboro, OR on 3/10/2009


We have framing bids, but are considering framing our place ourselves (partially). What can you comment about how long the house can survive before the dry-in phase is completed? We get lots of rain here in Oregon. So I could cover portions with a tarp, at least until we got the roof on. --R
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