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Previous Owner-Builder for Aaron in Oakland, IA at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

How much calendar time from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 Two and a half to three years
 

Future Owner-Builder for Aaron in Oakland, IA at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 2x6
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
 Seven
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 > 10 years
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 Four
 
Planned house style?
 Conventional
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 More than 900 hours
 
What will be the R-value of your walls?
 R-19
 
What's the population of the community where you will build?
 <50,000
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 One
 
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 5%
 
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $200 - $250
 
Will you build in town or in the country?
 Rural
 
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $200 - $225
 
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 White collar
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 Two
 
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 300 - 400 times
 
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 Two
 
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
 More than eight books
 
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 One compressor
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 3-4
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 Conventional
 
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will use a digital camera regularly
 
How many children do you have?
 One
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 > 1,000 hrs.
 
How many tools do you own?
 More than $8,000
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
Are you organized?
 Pretty organized
 
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Okay shopper
 
What time of year will you start?
 June
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 One
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 Five
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Fiberglass batts
 
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 45% - 50%
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 10-15 hours
 
What is the average monthly maintenance cost of the house you'll be leaving?
 $100 - $200
 
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Both working
 
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 Two
 
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 Two and a half to three years
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
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