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Grant in Blacksburg, VA's Interview Answers

Previous Owner-Builder for Grant in Blacksburg, VA at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

How many covered vehicle spaces did you provide in your owner-built house?
 Four
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 Five
 
Did you use a contracting consultant or an owner-builder program?
 No
 
Who took primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
 
How many days when only a single sub was on site?
 More than 50 days
 
Did you have a written schedule for construction?
 No
 
How many hours did you spend as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 > 1,000 hrs.
 
How much time did it take to construct?
 Eight months
 
Have you owner-built more than once?
 Only once
 
How much did you save altogether vs. appraised or street value?
 45% - 50%
 
If you had a general contractor estimate, how much did you save vs. average estimate?
 45-50%
 
How many trades were involved on your job?
 5 - 10
 
How many books about contracting or the trades did you read when you owner-built?
 Four
 
Did you have any problems getting your building permit?
 No problems as an owner-builder
 
Did you hire anybody from out of town?
 No
 
How long did your self-work trades take?
 >1,000 hours
 
How many bathrooms did you include in your owner-built house?
 1 - 2
 
How many bedrooms did you include in your owner-built house?
 Three
 
Did you buy any materials from out of town?
 No
 
Was your project urban or rural?
 In the country
 
What type of construction?
 Conventional framing
 
What were the impact fees for you to build?
 <$10,000
 
How much calendar time from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 <Six months
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
How much combined time did you spend planning?
 100 - 200 hours
 
Have you had it appraised?
 Yes
 
Was your project a new house or a remodel and addition?
 Remodel and addition
 
Did you get materials separate from labor on any of the trades?
 100%
 
Did you use a computer?
 Yes - some
 
What is the R-value of your walls?
 >R-20
 
How did your final appraisal compare with your preconstruction appraisal for the lender?
 Final appraisal was 10% more
 
Apples to apples, what utility savings did you get in your new house vs. old?
 20% -25%
 
Did you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 A few pictures
 
How much combined time did you take off work when you built?
 Four weeks
 
Was yours a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Starter
 
Did you read The Owner-Builder Book before you built your house?
 No
 
How many bids did you get for each subcontracted trade, on average?
 Two
 
If you used a contracting consultant or O-B program, what did it cost?
 Didn't use one
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 > 25 hours a week
 
Did you get liened by anybody?
 No liens
 
Were you working when you owner-built?
 Both working
 
Did you get bids from generals?
 No
 
What's the population of the community where you built?
 <50,000
 
What percentage of O-B's do you think get liened?
 15% - 20%
 
How many air conditioning units did you include in your owner-built house?
 One compressor
 
How many finished levels in your most recent owner-built house?
 Two
 
How much construction industry experience did you have before you owner-built?
 > 10 years
 
How much would the trades you did yourself have cost in the marketplace?
 $10,000 - $30,000
 
What did the plans for your project cost?
 I designed the house myself/other
 
Did you get a construction loan without a contractor?
 Built with own funds
 
How many dead days did you have where nobody did anything?
 5 - 10 week days
 
What time of year did you start?
 March
 
Did you install a water softener?
 No
 
Were utility costs in the new house a surprise?
 About what I expected
 
What was your original construction budget, not including land?
 $100,000 - $200,000
 
How many houses did you own prior to this one?
 Four
 
What was your planned schedule when you started out?
 7-8 months
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Good shopper
 
Did you use any personal friends as subs?
 None
 
How much did you save on the trades you did yourself?
 $10,000 - $30,000
 
Are you a coupon shopper?
 I use a coupon < 10% of the time I grocery shop.
 
Did you get a bad surprise on property taxes?
 No - I expected the tax assessment I got
 
Did you have contract problems?
 One
 
How many trades did you do yourself?
 3
 
How much management time did you and your spouse spend during the construction phase?
 More than 900 hours
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 Yes
 
How much more activity was there at end of project than in the middle?
 20%
 
Did you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
Would you be willing to help another owner-builder?
 Yes, I would respond to emails.
 
What was the average monthly cost of maintenance in the home you left to occupy your new home?
 $200 - $300
 
If stick-built, did you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 2x4
 
How many children lived at home when you owner-built?
 Five
 
If ever you move from your O-B house, how long will you have lived in it?
 5 - 10 years
 
What was the age of your previous home?
 20 - 25 yrs.
 
House style?
 Conventional
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
How many children do you have?
 Five
 
What did you choose for wall insulation?
 Insulated Concrete Forms
 

Future Owner-Builder for Grant in Blacksburg, VA at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 > 10 years
 
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will use a digital camera regularly
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Insulated Concrete Forms
 
Planned house style?
 Colonial
 
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 It won't be stick-built.
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 Never used a spreadsheet
 
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 Six to 12 months
 
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 Two compressors
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
What's the population of the community where you will build?
 <50,000
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Good shopper
 
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 > 1,000 hrs.
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 Five
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 One
 
What time of year will you start?
 Jan-Feb
 
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 More than three
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 More than 900 hours
 
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 White collar
 
Will you build in town or in the country?
 Rural
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 ICF
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 > 25 hours a week
 
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 Three
 
How many children do you have?
 Five
 
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Both working
 
Are you organized?
 Very
 
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $125 - $150
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 Five
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 More than 10%
 
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $200 - $250
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 4-5
 
What will be the R-value of your walls?
 >R-40
 
What is the average monthly maintenance cost of the house you'll be leaving?
 <$100
 
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 20% - 25%
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 One time total
 
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
 Three
 
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Dream home
 
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
 Four
 
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
 Five
 
How many tools do you own?
 $500 - $1,000
 
Do you own a truck?
 No
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 Four
 
What are the most helpful websites for your owner-builder project?
 
www.ownerbuilderbook.com
www.mydreamhomeforless.com
www.google.com
 
Why are you considering owner-building?
 I want a custom dream house built "my way" so that I can make it as "green" and "energy efficient" as I dream it to be.
 
What print publications do you read regularly?
 
Electronic House
Solar Today
Travel and Leisure
Trade Publications
 
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