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Previous Owner-Builder for Stan in Tehachapi, CA at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Home for Owner-Builders

How many finished levels in your most recent owner-built house?
 Three
 
House style?
 Log home
 
Who took primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 I'm single
 
Did you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 Yes
 
What did you choose for wall insulation?
 Rigid Foam Boards
 
What type of construction?
 Log frame
 
What percentage of O-B's do you think get liened?
 5% - 10%
 
How much construction industry experience did you have before you owner-built?
 3-4
 
If stick-built, did you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 It wasn't stick-built.
 
How many children do you have?
 None
 
How many houses did you own prior to this one?
 Two
 
Did you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Even took video
 
How many bedrooms did you include in your owner-built house?
 Three
 
Have you owner-built more than once?
 Only once
 
How much combined time did you take off work when you built?
 More than eight weeks
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 More than 500 times
 
Did you get a construction loan without a contractor?
 Built with own funds
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Super shopper
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 Three
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 Two
 
What's the population of the community where you built?
 <50,000
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 > 25 hours a week
 
How many trades did you do yourself?
 >8
 
Did you read The Owner-Builder Book before you built your house?
 Yes
 
How many books about contracting or the trades did you read when you owner-built?
 More than eight books
 
How many covered vehicle spaces did you provide in your owner-built house?
 Three
 
Did you install a water softener?
 Yes
 
How much combined time did you spend planning?
 More than 900 hours
 
Did you use any personal friends as subs?
 Three
 
Did you use a designer, architect, stock plan?
 Designed My Own
 
Did you use a computer?
 Yes - even brought laptop or PDA to jobsite
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
What is the R-value of your walls?
 >R-30
 
Was your project a new house or a remodel and addition?
 New house
 
Are you organized?
 Very
 
What was the age of your previous home?
 More than 45 yrs.
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 Yes
 
Was yours a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
What was your original construction budget, not including land?
 $200,000 - $250,000
 
Were you working when you owner-built?
 Neither working
 
Did you get bids from generals?
 More than three
 
How many bathrooms did you include in your owner-built house?
 2-3
 

Future Owner-Builder for Stan in Tehachapi, CA at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Home for Owner-Builders

Planned house style?
 Log Home
 
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 35% - 40%
 
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 Two to two and a half years
 
Are you organized?
 Very
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 > 25 hours a week
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 3-4
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 Three
 
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 5% - 10%
 
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 > 1,000 hrs.
 
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
What is the average monthly maintenance cost of the house you'll be leaving?
 <$100
 
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
 Two
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 None
 
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $150 - $200
 
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 Three
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 Three
 
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Neither working
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 Log frame
 
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will even take video
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 2-3
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Super shopper
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 Yes
 
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 One compressor
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 Yes
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 Three
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 It won't be stick-built.
 
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
 Two
 
How many tools do you own?
 $6,000 - $7,000
 
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 Won't be working when I build
 
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 More than three
 
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
 More than eight books
 
What time of year will you start?
 May
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 More than 900 hours
 
How many children do you have?
 None
 
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 I'm single
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Rigid Foam Boards
 
What will be the R-value of your walls?
 >R-30
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 Two
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 More than 500 times
 
What's the population of the community where you will build?
 <50,000
 
Will you build in town or in the country?
 Rural
 
What are the most helpful websites for your owner-builder project?
 This one!!!

My county (Kern) websites for EHS, Building Inspection, Planning, Tax Assesor, they have all the critical information in PDF format that makes it easy to comply with codes and submission guidelines. Great to have all the info at your fingertips.

homedepot
lowes
Ace Hardware...

and a myriad of other's mostly to cost out materials at retail prices for budgeting purposes. (I chose these for suppliers as they are relatively local to my building site, and will save a lot of money on shipping and storage costs, and reduce my materials on site to minimize theft potential.)

I use full retail for budgeting on the materials and supplies, this builds in a small contingency and does not account for any discounts I can negotiate or sale items I may discover. This little bit of padding has worked well on other complicated projects that I have overseen.

Of course, I will also put aside an additional 10% of my final budget for cost overruns and unforseen situations. I have overseen large technical projects valued at many millions of dollars, usually other people's money, so the risk was relative. Now, this will be all me, my resources, my money, my ingenuity and ultimately my rewards. I have been successful in the past and will be successful with this endeavor. I have spent thousands of hours planning, designing, specifying, researching and learning just about everything I can to try to make this a smooth operation.
 
Why are you considering owner-building?
 Because home prices in Southern California are insane. I can build a much nicer, better quality, highly efficient, energy independent home myself than what is being offered in the same price range for something that probably should be bulldozed.

I love the freedom of the design, the choice of my location (Yes, the views are spectacular!) and the feelings of pride and accomplishment that will go with building my own home, with my own hands. I will sub out some things that I would rather not deal with, but the lion's share will be done by me and a few choice friends carefully blackmailed to provide their services. j/k about the blackmail... B^)  (or am I?)
 
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $175 - $200
 

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