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At some point I am going to collect my thoughts and really go in to detail about my experience building. I will say this forum was beyond helpful and a great reliever of stress. I will start in reverse and post some of the finished pictures and over time really break it down and cover the whole process!!
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Mike & Carolyn in Smithville, MO's Interview Answers

Previous Owner-Builder for Mike & Carolyn in Smithville, MO at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

What were the impact fees for you to build?
 $0
 
Did you get a construction loan without a contractor?
 Built with own funds
 
How many tools do you own?
 More than $8,000
 
Did you use a designer, architect, stock plan?
 Designer
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
How many trades did you do yourself?
 1
 
How many bedrooms did you include in your owner-built house?
 Two
 
Did you use a contracting consultant or an owner-builder program?
 No
 
How much combined time did you spend planning?
 500 - 600 hours
 
Did you get bids from generals?
 Two
 
How many hours did you spend as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 > 1,000 hrs.
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
Was your project a new house or a remodel and addition?
 New house
 
What time of year did you start?
 March
 
Did you have contract problems?
 One
 
Did you read The Owner-Builder Book before you built your house?
 Yes
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 1-5 hours
 
How many books about contracting or the trades did you read when you owner-built?
 Two
 
Did you use any personal friends as subs?
 None
 
What percentage of O-B's do you think get liened?
 Less than one percent
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 One time total
 
How many children lived at home when you owner-built?
 Two
 
How many finished levels in your most recent owner-built house?
 One
 
What type of construction?
 Conventional framing
 
House style?
 Conventional
 
Do you want to say anything more about your house style or construction?
 

We started with our guesthouse, an 850 sq ft space above our detached 3-car garage.  Went with traditional wood framing because it is what we knew and popular in the area. We used the smaller project of the guesthouse as a starter or learning project before we start the larger main house. We learned a lot this way and when we made mistakes the impact was less (like learning to not by sheet goods from the lumber yards... you can get them for less are the local hardware depot).  We will live on site in the guesthouse while we build the main house. To make the space feel larger we vaulted the entire ceiling and added a loft for the kids to play in. It cost more to build small but we're glad we did it. The second living space adds value to our estate and is a great place for guests or elderly parents.

 
How many air conditioning units did you include in your owner-built house?
 One compressor
 
Did you get liened by anybody?
 No liens
 
Are you a coupon shopper?
 90% - 100% of the time
 
What did you choose for wall insulation?
 Icynene (or like) foam
 
Was yours a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Dream home
 
How many bathrooms did you include in your owner-built house?
 4-5
 
What was the age of your previous home?
 35 - 40 yrs.
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Super shopper
 
What was your planned schedule when you started out?
 7-8 months
 
Did you hire anybody from out of town?
 No
 
Did you use a computer?
 Yes - some
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 

Future Owner-Builder for Mike & Carolyn in Smithville, MO at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

Will you build in town or in the country?
 Rural
 
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 Two
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 Five
 
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
 None
 
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Starter
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 > 1,000 hrs.
 
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
 Two
 
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Both working
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 20-25 hours
 
How many tools do you own?
 $4,000 - $5,000
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 More than 500 times
 
How many children do you have?
 Two
 
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $200 - $250
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 One
 
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 Three
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 Conventional
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 More than five
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Icynene (or like) foam
 
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $100 - $125
 
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 20% - 25%
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 Five
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 3-4
 
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will use a digital camera regularly
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
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