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Previous Owner-Builder for Brett in Logan, UT at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Home for Owner-Builders

Did you use a designer, architect, stock plan?
 Designed My Own
 
How much management time did you and your spouse spend during the construction phase?
 More than 900 hours
 
What was your planned schedule when you started out?
 6-7 months
 
Did you use any personal friends as subs?
 Four
 
What did you choose for wall insulation?
 Blown-in Fiberglass
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
Are you organized?
 Pretty organized
 
How many trades were involved on your job?
 <5
 
How many children do you have?
 None
 
How many bedrooms did you include in your owner-built house?
 Five
 
Did you use a computer?
 Yes - even brought laptop or PDA to jobsite
 
If ever you move from your O-B house, how long will you have lived in it?
 < 5 years
 
Did you read The Owner-Builder Book before you built your house?
 No
 
Did you hire anybody from out of town?
 Two trades
 
Was yours a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
How many children lived at home when you owner-built?
 None
 
Have you owner-built more than once?
 Only once
 
House style?
 Colonial
 
How many bids did you get for each subcontracted trade, on average?
 Three
 
What did the plans for your project cost?
 I designed the house myself/other
 
Would you be willing to help another owner-builder?
 Yes, I would meet with a nearby O-B
 
What's the population of the community where you built?
 100,000-150,000
 
How many tools do you own?
 $6,000 - $7,000
 
Did you get bids from generals?
 No
 
How many trades did you do yourself?
 >8
 
Did you buy any materials from out of town?
 For four trades
 
How much did you save on the trades you did yourself?
 $150,000 - $170,000
 
Did you have any problems getting your building permit?
 No problems as an owner-builder
 
What type of construction?
 Conventional framing
 
How long did your self-work trades take?
 >1,000 hours
 
How many finished levels in your most recent owner-built house?
 Three
 
How much combined time did you take off work when you built?
 Five weeks
 
How many hours did you spend as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 > 1,000 hrs.
 
What was your original construction budget, not including land?
 $200,000 - $250,000
 
How many covered vehicle spaces did you provide in your owner-built house?
 Three
 
How much calendar time from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 <Six months
 
What was the average monthly cost of maintenance in the home you left to occupy your new home?
 Less than $100
 
Did you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
Did you get liened by anybody?
 No liens
 
What was the age of your previous home?
 1 - 5 yrs.
 
How much construction industry experience did you have before you owner-built?
 2-3 years
 
How much did you save altogether vs. appraised or street value?
 35% - 40%
 
How much would the trades you did yourself have cost in the marketplace?
 $150,000 - $170,000
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 Yes
 
Did you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Used a digital camera regularly
 
How many dead days did you have where nobody did anything?
 15 - 20 week days
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 Four
 
If you had a general contractor estimate, how much did you save vs. average estimate?
 35-40%
 
What time of year did you start?
 March
 
Did you have a written schedule for construction?
 No
 
Were you working when you owner-built?
 Both working
 
Did you have contract problems?
 None at all
 
How did your final appraisal compare with your preconstruction appraisal for the lender?
 Final was 20% more
 
What is the R-value of your walls?
 >R-20
 
If you used a contracting consultant or O-B program, what did it cost?
 Didn't use one
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 More than five
 
How much time did it take to construct?
 Nine months
 
How much more activity was there at end of project than in the middle?
 20%
 
What were the impact fees for you to build?
 <$10,000
 
Did you get a construction loan without a contractor?
 Yes
 
Have you had it appraised?
 Yes
 
Are you a coupon shopper?
 50% - 60%
 
How many houses did you own prior to this one?
 None
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Super shopper
 
How many air conditioning units did you include in your owner-built house?
 Two compressors
 
What percentage of O-B's do you think get liened?
 5% - 10%
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 More than 500 times
 
Did you use a contracting consultant or an owner-builder program?
 No
 
Did you get materials separate from labor on any of the trades?
 30% - 40%
 
Was your project a new house or a remodel and addition?
 New house
 
Did you install a water softener?
 Yes
 
How many days when only a single sub was on site?
 More than 50 days
 
Was your project urban or rural?
 In the city
 
Were utility costs in the new house a surprise?
 About what I expected
 
Apples to apples, what utility savings did you get in your new house vs. old?
 <10%
 
If stick-built, did you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 2x6
 
Who took primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
 
Did you get a bad surprise on property taxes?
 Yes - it was more than I expected
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 15-20 hours
 
How much combined time did you spend planning?
 More than 900 hours
 
How many bathrooms did you include in your owner-built house?
 3-4
 
How many books about contracting or the trades did you read when you owner-built?
 Six
 

Future Owner-Builder for Brett in Logan, UT at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Home for Owner-Builders

How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 3-4
 
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 Three
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 Conventional
 
Planned house style?
 Colonial
 
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?
 Both 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?
 Two
 
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 5% - 10%
 
What time of year will you start?
 May
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 Yes
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 More than 900 hours
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 More than five
 
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?
 <$100
 
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
 
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?
 Six to 12 months
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
 0
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Blown-in cellulose
 
What will be the R-value of your walls?
 R-19
 
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?
 More than eight books
 
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
 Three
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 Three
 
How many children do you have?
 None
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 None
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 Five
 
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?
 2x4
 
How many tools do you own?
 $7,000 - $8,000
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 More than 500 times
 
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
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 Two
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 > 25 hours a week
 
What are the most helpful websites for your owner-builder project?
 OBB site
ContractorTalk.com
DIYchatroom.com
 
Why are you considering owner-building?
 I know how to do almost all the work and I'm positive I can build the house faster and cheaper than a builder.
 
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