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Previous Owner-Builder for Sybil in Leominster, MA at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

Did you have any problems getting your building permit?
 No problems as an owner-builder
 

Future Owner-Builder for Sybil in Leominster, MA at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 Two
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 S.I.P.
 
Planned house style?
 Two-story
 
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?
 Only husband working
 
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Wife primary
 
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 Two
 
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 5% - 10%
 
What time of year will you start?
 November-December
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 No
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 700 - 800 hours
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 Two
 
Are you organized?
 Very
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Super shopper
 
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $200 - $225
 
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?
 $100 - $150
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
Will you build in town or in the country?
 Rural
 
What's the population of the community where you will build?
 <50,000
 
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 Two and a half to three years
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
 Two
 
What will be the R-value of your walls?
 >R-20
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Structural Insulated Panels
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 No experience in the industry whatsoever
 
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 many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 One
 
How many children do you have?
 None
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 None
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 Three
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 3-4
 
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 One compressor
 
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 2x6
 
How many tools do you own?
 $1,000 - $2,000
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 Fifty times
 
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 Blue collar
 
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Many pictures
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 Three
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 20-25 hours
 
What are the most helpful websites for your owner-builder project?
 ownerbuilderbook.com, sipsweb.com, contractortalk.com, costestimator.net, eBay, homedepot.com, lowes.com
 
Why are you considering owner-building?
 Because we want a custom home. Very energy efficient. We want to know every element that goes into our home. We want the ability to price shop for materials. Custom home builders in our region start at $175/sf, but they're actually production builders: you pick cabinets, flooring, etc. from their distributors. We want to be involved, after all, it's our home and our mortgage.
 
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