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Whitney in Saint Augustine, FL's Interview Answers

Previous Owner-Builder for Whitney in Saint Augustine, FL at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

What was your planned schedule when you started out?
 8-9 months
 
What were the impact fees for you to build?
 $10,000 - $20,000
 
How many trades did you do yourself?
 2
 
How many houses did you own prior to this one?
 Four
 
Did you get a bad surprise on property taxes?
 No - I expected the tax assessment I got
 
Would you be willing to help another owner-builder?
 Yes, I would respond to emails.
 
How many air conditioning units did you include in your owner-built house?
 Two compressors
 
How much construction industry experience did you have before you owner-built?
 No experience in the industry whatsoever
 

Future Owner-Builder for Whitney in Saint Augustine, FL at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 One compressor
 
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Wife primary
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
What is the average monthly maintenance cost of the house you'll be leaving?
 <$100
 
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 One
 
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Both working
 
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 20% - 25%
 
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
 Four
 
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 White collar
 
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
 None
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 Masonry
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 None
 
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 Six to 12 months
 
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $150 - $200
 
What time of year will you start?
 November-December
 
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 5%
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 Two
 
Do you own a truck?
 No
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Good shopper
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 2-3
 
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 Two
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 No experience in the industry whatsoever
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 None
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 Four
 
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 Two
 
What will be the R-value of your walls?
 >R-40
 
Planned house style?
 Two-story
 
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 400 - 500 hrs.
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 800 - 900 hours
 
Are you organized?
 Very
 
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $125 - $150
 
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
 
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
 7
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Icynene (or like) foam
 
How many children do you have?
 None
 
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 It won't be stick-built.
 
How many tools do you own?
 $500 - $1,000
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 One time
 
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will use a digital camera regularly
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 5-10 hours
 
What are the most helpful websites for your owner-builder project?
 
This one!!!
eBay
 
Why are you considering owner-building?
 I get what I want and I don't pay any overhead.
 
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