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Mark in APO, AE's Interview Answers

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

How many times are you planning to do this?
 One time total
Planned house style?
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
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?
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?
What type of construction are you planning?
How many tools do you own?
 $2,000 - $3,000
What's the population of the community where you will build?
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?
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
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?
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 10-15 hours
Do you have a step-up strategy?
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Dream home
How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
Do you own a truck?
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
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?
Will you build in town or in the country?
Do you know your credit score?
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
How many children do you have?
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
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:
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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