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Angela in Fort Worth, TX's Interview Answers

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What type of construction are you planning?
 Conventional
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 More than 900 hours
 
Will you build in town or in the country?
 Rural
 
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 One compressor
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 1 - 2
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 One time total
 
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
 Three
 
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 30% - 35%
 
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 Two
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Blown-in Fiberglass
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 None
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 None
 
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 2x6
 
Are you organized?
 Very
 
How many tools do you own?
 Less than $500 replacement value
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 Three
 
What's the population of the community where you will build?
 100,000-150,000
 
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $100 - $125
 
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 No
 
What time of year will you start?
 Jan-Feb
 
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Wife primary
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Both working
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 More than five
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 No experience in the industry whatsoever
 
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $200 - $250
 
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 Blue collar
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Good shopper
 
How many children do you have?
 None
 
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
 
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will use a digital camera regularly
 
What will be the R-value of your walls?
 R-17
 
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
 None
 
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 1% - 5%
 
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 500 - 600 hrs.
 
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
 Two
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 Never used a spreadsheet
 
Planned house style?
 Two-story
 
What is the average monthly maintenance cost of the house you'll be leaving?
 $300 - $400
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 15-20 hours
 
What are the most helpful websites for your owner-builder project?
 
ownerbuilderbook.com
http://www.build-yourown-home.com/
 
Why are you considering owner-building?
 We don't have the money to pay a builder to build the house we want, so instead of downgrading, were just going to do it ourselves. We don't want to settle for something less than what we want.
 
What print publications do you read regularly?
 The Owner Builder Book How to be your own contractor
 
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