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Jamie in Cedar Park, TX's Interview Answers

Previous Owner-Builder for Jamie in Cedar Park, TX at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

How many children do you have?
 Two
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
Were you working when you owner-built?
 Only husband working
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
How many covered vehicle spaces did you provide in your owner-built house?
 Five
 
How many finished levels in your most recent owner-built house?
 Two
 
What type of construction?
 Conventional framing
 
House style?
 Two-story
 
Who took primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
 
What trades did you do yourself?
 None.
 
How many bids did you get for each subcontracted trade, on average?
 Three
 
Did you get bids from generals?
 No
 
Was yours a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
Did you get materials separate from labor on any of the trades?
 90% - 100%
 
What were special features in your house?
 
Wine room.
Wrapped house in radiant barrier.
Five-zone air conditioning unit.
Custom made cabinets.
Over-the-top master bath and closets.
In-law apt.
Tankless water heaters.
Central vac.
 
Super bargains you got?
 
Lighting
Granite
Carpet
Plumbing fixtures
Appliances
 
What are the qualifications to be a good O-B?
 Time, knowledge and ability to negotiate.
 
Did you have contract problems?
 Two
 
Did you get liened by anybody?
 One
 
What percentage of O-B's do you think get liened?
 15% - 20%
 
How much time did it take to construct?
 Ten months
 
What time of year did you start?
 March
 
What anguish or fear of loss did you go through? What was your worst fear during the project?
 Money, stress, and fights.
 
What owner-builder laws exist where you live?
 To get a loan, you have to have a GC.
 
Did you get a construction loan without a contractor?
 Yes
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 Two
 
Did you read The Owner-Builder Book before you built your house?
 No
 
How many books about contracting or the trades did you read when you owner-built?
 Three
 

Future Owner-Builder for Jamie in Cedar Park, TX at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
 Three
 
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
 
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 Two
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 Conventional
 
Planned house style?
 Two-story
 
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Only husband working
 
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Dream home
 
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 Two
 
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 More than 10%
 
What time of year will you start?
 October
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 One time total
 
Are you organized?
 Pretty organized
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Good shopper
 
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $125 - $150
 
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $300 - $350
 
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?
 >500,000
 
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 Six to 12 months
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
 2
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 No experience in the industry whatsoever
 
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?
 None
 
How many children do you have?
 Two
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 Two
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 Five
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 More than five
 
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 More than two compressors
 
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 2x4
 
How many tools do you own?
 $500 - $1,000
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 Ten 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?
 Five
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 20-25 hours
 
Why are you considering owner-building?
 To be able to afford to build the house we want
 
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 45% - 50%
 
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 900 - 1,000
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 More than 900 hours
 
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