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Previous Owner-Builder for John in Lake City, FL at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Home for Owner-Builders

Did you use a designer, architect, stock plan?
 Designed My Own
 
Did you get liened by anybody?
 No liens
 
How many children do you have?
 Three
 
Did you read The Owner-Builder Book before you built your house?
 No
 
How many air conditioning units did you include in your owner-built house?
 One compressor
 
Did you use a contracting consultant or an owner-builder program?
 No
 
How much time did it take to construct?
 Seven months
 
If ever you move from your O-B house, how long will you have lived in it?
 5 - 10 years
 
Did you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 A few pictures
 
Was yours a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
How many hours did you spend as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 600 - 700 hrs.
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 Three
 
If you used a contracting consultant or O-B program, what did it cost?
 Didn't use one
 
How much construction industry experience did you have before you owner-built?
 3-4
 
Are you organized?
 Pretty organized
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
What did you choose for wall insulation?
 Rigid Foam Boards
 
How many bids did you get for each subcontracted trade, on average?
 Three
 
Did you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
Did you have contract problems?
 None at all
 
How much management time did you and your spouse spend during the construction phase?
 400 - 500 hours
 
How many bathrooms did you include in your owner-built house?
 2-3
 
Was your project a new house or a remodel and addition?
 New house
 
What did the plans for your project cost?
 $1,000 - $1,500
 
Did you get materials separate from labor on any of the trades?
 70% - 80%
 
How many covered vehicle spaces did you provide in your owner-built house?
 More than five
 
How many tools do you own?
 $1,000 - $2,000
 
Did you have a written schedule for construction?
 Yes
 
How much did you save altogether vs. appraised or street value?
 45% - 50%
 
What was your original construction budget, not including land?
 $100,000 - $200,000
 
What type of construction?
 Masonry
 
What were the impact fees for you to build?
 <$10,000
 
Have you owner-built more than once?
 Three times
 
If you had a general contractor estimate, how much did you save vs. average estimate?
 30-35%
 
How many days when only a single sub was on site?
 10 - 15 days
 
Did you get a construction loan without a contractor?
 Yes
 
Were utility costs in the new house a surprise?
 Less than I expected
 
What time of year did you start?
 Nov-Dec
 
House style?
 Other
 
How many bedrooms did you include in your owner-built house?
 Four
 
Would you be willing to help another owner-builder?
 Yes, I would talk on the phone
 
How much combined time did you spend planning?
 300 - 400 hours
 
What was the age of your previous home?
 5 - 10 yrs.
 
What percentage of O-B's do you think get liened?
 1% - 5%
 
Who took primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
 
How many finished levels in your most recent owner-built house?
 One
 
How many houses did you own prior to this one?
 Three
 
Did you hire anybody from out of town?
 No
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 Two
 
Have you had it appraised?
 Yes
 
Are you a coupon shopper?
 40% - 50%
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 10-15 hours
 
Apples to apples, what utility savings did you get in your new house vs. old?
 30%-35%
 
What is the R-value of your walls?
 R-16
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 Yes
 
Did you buy any materials from out of town?
 No
 
Were you working when you owner-built?
 Only husband working
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Good shopper
 
Did you use any personal friends as subs?
 Three
 
How long did your self-work trades take?
 600 - 700 hours
 
Was your project urban or rural?
 In the country
 
Did you have any problems getting your building permit?
 No problems as an owner-builder
 
How many trades were involved on your job?
 10 - 15
 
How many dead days did you have where nobody did anything?
 25 - 30 week days
 

Future Owner-Builder for John in Lake City, FL at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Home for Owner-Builders

How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 Six to 12 months
 
What's the population of the community where you will build?
 <50,000
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Rigid Foam Boards
 
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
 None
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 Two
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 4-5
 
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
 
Do you know your credit score?
 No
 
Planned house style?
 Conventional
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 100 - 200 hours
 
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 One
 
How many children do you have?
 Three
 
How many tools do you own?
 $2,000 - $3,000
 
What will be the R-value of your walls?
 >R-20
 
What time of year will you start?
 June
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 Blue collar
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 Five
 
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $100 - $125
 
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 Two compressors
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 ICF
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 Four
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 4-5
 
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 Less than one percent
 
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
 Three
 
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 40% - 45%
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 Three
 
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $150 - $200
 
Will you build in town or in the country?
 Rural
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 10-15 hours
 
Are you organized?
 Pretty organized
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
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