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Bryan in San Jose, CA's Interview Answers

Previous Owner-Builder for Bryan in San Jose, CA at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

What did the plans for your project cost?
 I designed the house myself/other
 
Did you use any personal friends as subs?
 Three
 
If ever you move from your O-B house, how long will you have lived in it?
 < 5 years
 
Did you have any problems getting your building permit?
 Other
 
Who took primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
 
Were utility costs in the new house a surprise?
 Less than I expected
 
What percentage of O-B's do you think get liened?
 5% - 10%
 
What did you choose for wall insulation?
 Icynene (or like) foam
 
How many days when only a single sub was on site?
 More than 50 days
 
How much would the trades you did yourself have cost in the marketplace?
 $70,000 - $90,000
 
How many air conditioning units did you include in your owner-built house?
 One compressor
 
How many trades did you do yourself?
 2
 
How much did you save on the trades you did yourself?
 $70,000 - $90,000
 
What's the population of the community where you built?
 <50,000
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
Have you had it appraised?
 No
 
Did you use a computer?
 Yes - even brought laptop or PDA to jobsite
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 More than 500 times
 
Was your project urban or rural?
 In the country
 
How much more activity was there at end of project than in the middle?
 50%
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 > 25 hours a week
 
If you used a contracting consultant or O-B program, what did it cost?
 Didn't use one
 
Was yours a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
Did you get a bad surprise on property taxes?
 No - I expected the tax assessment I got
 
How many hours did you spend as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 > 1,000 hrs.
 
How many bathrooms did you include in your owner-built house?
 2-3
 
Are you a coupon shopper?
 I use a coupon < 10% of the time I grocery shop.
 
What was your planned schedule when you started out?
 11-12 months
 
Did you get a construction loan without a contractor?
 Yes
 
Did you hire anybody from out of town?
 More than five trades
 
How many covered vehicle spaces did you provide in your owner-built house?
 Three
 
What type of construction?
 Conventional framing
 
Were you working when you owner-built?
 Both working
 
Did you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
Apples to apples, what utility savings did you get in your new house vs. old?
 35%-40%
 
How much calendar time from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 Two and a half to three years
 
How many finished levels in your most recent owner-built house?
 Three
 
How many trades were involved on your job?
 20 - 25
 
How many books about contracting or the trades did you read when you owner-built?
 Two
 
Did you buy any materials from out of town?
 > five trades
 
Did you get materials separate from labor on any of the trades?
 100%
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 Yes
 
How much did you save altogether vs. appraised or street value?
 40% - 45%
 
How many children lived at home when you owner-built?
 One
 
Did you install a water softener?
 No
 
What was the age of your previous home?
 35 - 40 yrs.
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 Three
 
How much construction industry experience did you have before you owner-built?
 6-7
 
Did you have a written schedule for construction?
 Yes
 
How many bedrooms did you include in your owner-built house?
 Three
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Okay shopper
 
How many tools do you own?
 $500 - $1,000
 
What was your original construction budget, not including land?
 $450,000 - $500,000
 
Did you read The Owner-Builder Book before you built your house?
 Yes
 

Future Owner-Builder for Bryan in San Jose, CA at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

What's the population of the community where you will build?
 50,000-100,000
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 One
 
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 Two
 
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Both working
 
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 Yes
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Super shopper
 
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 Four
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 Three
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 6-7
 
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 White collar
 
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will even take video
 
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 Two compressors
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 More than 900 hours
 
What time of year will you start?
 June
 
Are you organized?
 Very
 
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 2x6
 
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 Three
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 10-15 hours
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 More than 500 times
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 2-3
 
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
 Five
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Fiberglass batts
 
How many children do you have?
 One
 
What is the average monthly maintenance cost of the house you'll be leaving?
 $100 - $200
 
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 >$300 s.f.
 
Planned house style?
 Contemporary
 
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 > 1,000 hrs.
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 None
 
How many tools do you own?
 $500 - $1,000
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 Conventional
 
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 40% - 45%
 
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 1% - 5%
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 Three
 
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $100 - $150
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
Will you build in town or in the country?
 Urban
 
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 Two and a half to three years
 
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
 0
 
What will be the R-value of your walls?
 R-19
 
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
 More than eight books
 
Why are you considering owner-building?
 It's the only way we can afford to own a house.
 
What are the most helpful websites for your owner-builder project?
 
http://www.ownerbuilderbook.com
http://www.get-a-quote.net/
http://www.thebluebook.com/
 
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