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Bob in Ennis, TX's Interview Answers

Previous Owner-Builder for Bob in Ennis, TX at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

Did you get bids from generals?
 One
 
How many houses did you own prior to this one?
 Two
 
Did you get a bad surprise on property taxes?
 No - I expected the tax assessment I got
 
How many children do you have?
 Two
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 Two
 
How long did your self-work trades take?
 <100 person-hours
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 20-25 hours
 
Did you install a water softener?
 Yes
 
Was your project a new house or a remodel and addition?
 New house
 
Was your project urban or rural?
 In the country
 
Are you organized?
 Very
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
How many trades did you do yourself?
 5
 
How many children lived at home when you owner-built?
 Two
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
What was your planned schedule when you started out?
 6-7 months
 
What was your original construction budget, not including land?
 $100,000 - $200,000
 
Did you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
How much would the trades you did yourself have cost in the marketplace?
 $30,000 - $50,000
 
Did you use a contracting consultant or an owner-builder program?
 Yes
 
How many air conditioning units did you include in your owner-built house?
 One compressor
 
Have you owner-built more than once?
 Only once
 
Did you use a designer, architect, stock plan?
 Designed My Own
 
What was the age of your previous home?
 5 - 10 yrs.
 
Did you have any problems getting your building permit?
 Other
 
Were you working when you owner-built?
 Both working
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 One time
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 One time total
 
If stick-built, did you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 2x6
 

Future Owner-Builder for Bob in Ennis, TX at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 2x4
 
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 Two to two and a half years
 
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 One
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 Yes
 
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will use a digital camera regularly
 
Planned house style?
 Conventional
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Super shopper
 
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $100 - $125
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 Conventional
 
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 30% - 35%
 
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 700 - 800 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?
 Dream home
 
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 One
 
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 Less than one percent
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 Yes
 
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?
 Very
 
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?
 $350 - $400
 
Will you build in town or in the country?
 Rural
 
What's the population of the community where you will build?
 <50,000
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
 Two
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Blown-in cellulose
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 3-4
 
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
 Five
 
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
 One
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 Two
 
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?
 Three
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 2-3
 
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 Two compressors
 
How many tools do you own?
 More than $8,000
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 Ten times
 
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 Blue collar
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 Two
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 20-25 hours
 
Why are you considering owner-building?
 I will be my owner/builder for many reasons. I want the control over the huge investment a house will be, I don't get the feeling that a Builder will take this project as serious as I will, I am a very hands-on person, I take a lot of pride in doing things myself, I want the savings that accompanies doing things for yourself. I'm sure there are other points that I haven't listed but, these are the high points.
 
What print publications do you read regularly?
 
Popular Mechanics
I'll read articles whenever something catches my eye. Usually it's something to do with building or making something, whether it be cars, houses, outdoors, etc...
 
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