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Dale in Richland, AZ's Interview Answers

Previous Owner-Builder for Dale in Richland, AZ at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

How many dead days did you have where nobody did anything?
 20 - 25 week days
 
What type of construction?
 S.I.P.
 
How much calendar time from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 One and a half to two years
 
Did you use a designer, architect, stock plan?
 Designed My Own
 
Did you have contract problems?
 More than three
 
Were you working when you owner-built?
 Both working
 
How many houses did you own prior to this one?
 None
 
Did you have a written schedule for construction?
 Yes
 
Was your project a new house or a remodel and addition?
 Remodel
 
What percentage of O-B's do you think get liened?
 15% - 20%
 
What is the R-value of your walls?
 >R-40
 
How many covered vehicle spaces did you provide in your owner-built house?
 No garage
 
What was the age of your previous home?
 More than 45 yrs.
 

Future Owner-Builder for Dale in Richland, AZ at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 100 - 200 hours
 
Are you organized?
 Pretty organized
 
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 Three
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 S.I.P.
 
Planned house style?
 Contemporary
 
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 >50%
 
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 900 - 1,000
 
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Neither working
 
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 I'm single
 
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 No
 
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 10%
 
What time of year will you start?
 September
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 Two
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Good shopper
 
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $150 - $175
 
What is the average monthly maintenance cost of the house you'll be leaving?
 <$100
 
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $150 - $200
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 Yes
 
Will you build in town or in the country?
 Rural
 
What's the population of the community where you will build?
 <50,000
 
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 More than five years
 
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will use a digital camera regularly
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 It won't be stick-built.
 
Do you own a truck?
 No
 
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 Two compressors
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 Fifty times
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 None
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 1-5 hours
 
How many tools do you own?
 $1,000 - $2,000
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Structural Insulated Panels
 
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
 Two
 
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