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Rich in Suffolk, VA's Interview Answers

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How many children do you have?
 Four
 
Did you get liened by anybody?
 Two
 

Future Owner-Builder for Rich in Suffolk, VA at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 Four
 
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 One to one and a half years
 
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 Two
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 Other
 
Planned house style?
 Other
 
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 40% - 45%
 
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 > 1,000 hrs.
 
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?
 Starter
 
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 No
 
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?
 May
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 More than 900 hours
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 Three
 
Are you organized?
 Very
 
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?
 $200 - $300
 
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $200 - $250
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
Will you build in town or in the country?
 Rural
 
What's the population of the community where you will build?
 <50,000
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
 2
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Insulated Concrete Forms
 
What will be the R-value of your walls?
 >R-30
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 No experience in the industry whatsoever
 
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
 More than eight books
 
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
 One
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 One
 
How many children do you have?
 Four
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 Three
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 2-3
 
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 None
 
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 It won't be stick-built.
 
How many tools do you own?
 $1,000 - $2,000
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 200 - 300 times
 
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 White collar
 
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will use a digital camera regularly
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 No garage
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 20-25 hours
 
What are the most helpful websites for your owner-builder project?
 
this one
http://www.radiantec.com/index.php
http://www.radiantcompany.com
www.aidomes.com
http://www.jlconline.com
 
Why are you considering owner-building?
 Want to build a unique home that would cost entirely too much if I paid someone else to do it. Also desire the experience as I enjoy learning new things and staying busy. See this as an excellent opportunity to increase my net worth and provide for my family.
 
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