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Cheryl in Ft. Collins, CO's Interview Answers

Previous Owner-Builder for Cheryl in Ft. Collins, CO at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 A hundred times
 
Did you use a computer?
 Yes - extensively
 

Future Owner-Builder for Cheryl in Ft. Collins, CO at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

Planned house style?
 Other
 
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $150 - $200
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 Masonry
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 5-10 hours
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Rigid Foam Boards
 
Will you build in town or in the country?
 Rural
 
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 More than three
 
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 Won't be working when I build
 
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 One and a half to two years
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 Three
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 Yes
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 > 10 years
 
Are you organized?
 Very
 
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 I'm single
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 Three
 
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 None
 
How many tools do you own?
 $3,000 - $4,000
 
What's the population of the community where you will build?
 <50,000
 
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 One
 
How many children do you have?
 Two
 
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
 One
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 1 - 2
 
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 100 - 200 hrs.
 
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-30
 
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Neither working
 
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
 More than eight books
 
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
 Two
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 More than 900 hours
 
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 5% - 10%
 
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Step-up
 
What is the average monthly maintenance cost of the house you'll be leaving?
 $200 - $300
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 More than 500 times
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Super shopper
 
What time of year will you start?
 March
 
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 45% - 50%
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 None
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 One
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $125 - $150
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 Two
 
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 It won't be stick-built.
 
What are the most helpful websites for your owner-builder project?
 
Ownerbuilderbook.com
Google
 
Why are you considering owner-building?
 To get a longer lasting quality house, save money, and for the experience.
 
What print publications do you read regularly?
 
Mother Earth News
Hobby Farm
Hobby Farm Home
Organic Gardening
 
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