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Randy in PB, FL's Interview Answers

Previous Owner-Builder for Randy in PB, FL at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

How many children lived at home when you owner-built?
 Three
 
Did you use any personal friends as subs?
 Two
 
How many tools do you own?
 $4,000 - $5,000
 
How much calendar time from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 Two to two and a half years
 
Are you organized?
 Very
 
How many covered vehicle spaces did you provide in your owner-built house?
 Three
 
How much would the trades you did yourself have cost in the marketplace?
 $30,000 - $50,000
 
Did you hire anybody from out of town?
 No
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 5-10 hours
 
If you used a contracting consultant or O-B program, what did it cost?
 Didn't use one
 
Did you get bids from generals?
 No
 
Did you get materials separate from labor on any of the trades?
 70% - 80%
 
If ever you move from your O-B house, how long will you have lived in it?
 10 -15 years
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
Are you a coupon shopper?
 I use a coupon < 10% of the time I grocery shop.
 
Who took primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
 
What type of construction?
 Masonry
 
What was your original construction budget, not including land?
 $250,000 - $300,000
 
House style?
 Colonial
 
How many finished levels in your most recent owner-built house?
 More than three
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 Three
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
Did you use a computer?
 Yes - extensively
 
How many bedrooms did you include in your owner-built house?
 Four
 
What percentage of O-B's do you think get liened?
 1% - 5%
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 One time total
 
What's the population of the community where you built?
 100,000-150,000
 
Was your project urban or rural?
 In the city
 
Did you use a designer, architect, stock plan?
 Stock Plan
 
Did you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
Would you be willing to help another owner-builder?
 Yes, I would respond to emails.
 
How many bathrooms did you include in your owner-built house?
 3-4
 
How many children do you have?
 Three
 
How many hours did you spend as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 > 1,000 hrs.
 
Did you have contract problems?
 None at all
 
What were the impact fees for you to build?
 $0
 
Did you install a water softener?
 Yes
 
What is the R-value of your walls?
 >R-30
 
How many trades were involved on your job?
 5 - 10
 
How many air conditioning units did you include in your owner-built house?
 Two compressors
 
Did you read The Owner-Builder Book before you built your house?
 No
 
Have you owner-built more than once?
 Only once
 
How many bids did you get for each subcontracted trade, on average?
 Two
 
What did the plans for your project cost?
 $500 - $1,000
 
How much did you save on the trades you did yourself?
 $90,000 - $110,000
 
How long did your self-work trades take?
 >1,000 hours
 
How many trades did you do yourself?
 6
 
How many books about contracting or the trades did you read when you owner-built?
 Two
 
If you had a general contractor estimate, how much did you save vs. average estimate?
 25-30%
 
How did your final appraisal compare with your preconstruction appraisal for the lender?
 Final appraisal was lower by 20%
 
How many days when only a single sub was on site?
 10 - 15 days
 
How many houses did you own prior to this one?
 Two
 
If stick-built, did you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 2x6
 
How much combined time did you take off work when you built?
 Four weeks
 

Future Owner-Builder for Randy in PB, FL at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 White collar
 
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 More than three
 
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will use a digital camera regularly
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Icynene (or like) foam
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 2-3 years
 
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
 One
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
How many tools do you own?
 $2,000 - $3,000
 
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 Two compressors
 
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Only husband working
 
Planned house style?
 Colonial
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 Three
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 One time total
 
Are you organized?
 Pretty organized
 
What will be the R-value of your walls?
 >R-40
 
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 2x6
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 Three
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 A hundred times
 
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
 
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