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Annie in Tucson, AZ's Interview Answers

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

Did you get a bad surprise on property taxes?
 No - I expected the tax assessment I got
 
What did you choose for wall insulation?
 Structural Insulated Panels
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 10-15 hours
 
How many tools do you own?
 $1,000 - $2,000
 
What did the plans for your project cost?
 $5.000 - $6,000
 
Did you use a contracting consultant or an owner-builder program?
 Yes
 
What is the R-value of your walls?
 >R-30
 
Did you use a designer, architect, stock plan?
 Stock Plan
 

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

What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Icynene (or like) foam
 
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 500 - 600 hrs.
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 None
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 None
 
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 White collar
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 Steel frame
 
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 One
 
Planned house style?
 Other
 
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 25% - 30%
 
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Only husband working
 
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
 
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 More than three
 
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 5%
 
What time of year will you start?
 September
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 Yes
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 400 - 500 hours
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 Two
 
Are you organized?
 Pretty organized
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Super shopper
 
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $125 - $150
 
What is the average monthly maintenance cost of the house you'll be leaving?
 $300 - $400
 
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $150 - $200
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
Will you build in town or in the country?
 Urban
 
What's the population of the community where you will build?
 50,000-100,000
 
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 One to one and a half years
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
 none
 
What will be the R-value of your walls?
 >R-40
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 4-5
 
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
 Three
 
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
 Five
 
How many children do you have?
 None
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 Three
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 3-4
 
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 Two compressors
 
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 It won't be stick-built.
 
How many tools do you own?
 $2,000 - $3,000
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 A hundred times
 
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will use a digital camera regularly
 
Do you own a truck?
 No
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 Three
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 5-10 hours
 
What are the most helpful websites for your owner-builder project?
 www.ownerbuilderbook.com
 
Why are you considering owner-building?
 My husband is vice president of a company that builds a wall system that is made up of steel studs and insulated with foam. We are able to build up instant equity and save 30% of the cost to build our home.
 
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