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Ken in Norman, OK's Interview Answers

Future Owner-Builder for Ken in Norman, OK at - Build Your Own Home

How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
What type of construction are you planning?
Planned house style?
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 25% - 30%
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 900 - 1,000
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Neither 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?
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
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?
Do you have a step-up strategy?
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 100 - 200 hours
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?
 $100 - $125
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?
Will you build in town or in the country?
What's the population of the community where you will build?
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 One to one and a half years
Do you know your credit score?
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Icynene (or like) foam
What will be the R-value of your walls?
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 1-2 years
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
How many children do you have?
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 One compressor
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
How many tools do you own?
 $500 - $1,000
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 Fifty times
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 Won't be working when I build
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will use a digital camera regularly
Do you own a truck?
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 15-20 hours
What are the most helpful websites for your owner-builder project?
Why are you considering owner-building?
 This is our retirement house and last home. We want it well made and customized to our liking. My neighbor just completed his home and convinced me of the benefits.
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