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Mark in APO, AE's Interview Answers

Future Owner-Builder for Mark in APO, AE at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

How many times are you planning to do this?
 One time total
 
Planned house style?
 Rambler
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 4-5
 
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
 More than eight books
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 One
 
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
 
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 > 1,000 hrs.
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Insulated Concrete Forms
 
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 More than five years
 
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 Three
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 ICF
 
How many tools do you own?
 $2,000 - $3,000
 
What's the population of the community where you will build?
 100,000-150,000
 
Are you organized?
 Pretty organized
 
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 30% - 35%
 
What will be the R-value of your walls?
 >R-30
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 3-4
 
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Will use a digital camera regularly
 
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 One compressor
 
What time of year will you start?
 October
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 Two
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 10-15 hours
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 None
 
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Dream home
 
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 One
 
Do you own a truck?
 No
 
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
 None
 
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 More than 10%
 
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Neither working
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 More than 900 hours
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Okay shopper
 
What is the average monthly maintenance cost of the house you'll be leaving?
 $200 - $300
 
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $200 - $250
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
Will you build in town or in the country?
 Urban
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
 Two
 
How many children do you have?
 Two
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 Three
 
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?
 Ten times
 
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 Won't be working when I build
 
What are the most helpful websites for your owner-builder project?
 
I've just started researching, but besides this web site I've been looking at:
http://www.greenbuildingtalk.com/Blogs/tabid/59/Default.aspx
http://www.subzero.com/
http://www.vacuflo.com/
 
Why are you considering owner-building?
 
I want my house to come out the way I (and my wife) want it.
I'm an electrical engineer and want to fully automate my house, being in charge of the construction will give me full control of what gets done and when.
Know one other then me, will care enough about how I want my house to turn out. No one else will have the attention to detail that I will have on my house.
 
What print publications do you read regularly?
 Organic Gardening.
 
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