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Being An Owner Builder
The Contracting Process
The Parts of Your Home
Planning Your New Home
Funding Your Project
Developing Your Budget
Your Building Lot
Plans And Specifications
Cost Estimate
Construction Schedule
The Home Building Sequence
building an energy efficient home
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Take the Mystery
Out Of Home Building
. . . By Knowing The Answers

Got home building on your mind?
Here are the answers you're looking for. And if it's not here, we'll try to tell you where to find it. Our goal is to provide the information and resources you need to successfully build your own home. And we're committed to doing it in a clear, non-technical way - for people with no construction experience.


So here we go . . .

I Want To Be The Contractor
We've met hundreds of people just like you! People who wanted to build their own home themselves.

Many of them wanted to be their own contractor - to hire their own subcontractors and manage the construction themselves. Is that you?

The good news is that you can do it! Home building is not rocket science. One out of every ten homes built in the U.S. in 2007 was Owner Built!

You just need to know the steps involved. That's where we come in. We're going to show you how . . . right here. Most of this site was put together for you - the Owner Builder.

I Want To Hire A Contractor . . . But I Want To Be In Control
Have you heard "horror stories" about people who hired a contractor to build a home? Maybe you have lived through this yourself. Hey! Knowledge is Power!

Prepare yourself and you will be in control of your project because you will have the power that comes through knowledge. Guess what? You'll also have peace of mind, because you'll know what's going on and you'll really be in control.

I Want To Be The Contractor . . . But I Want Some Help
Great news! The home building industry is full of people who would love to help you . . . for a fee. Everything from helping you get your Cost Estimate together to acting as your construction superintendent. We'll tell you how to find them and how to work with them and still be in control!


How Much Can I Save?
That's exactly what everybody wants to know! If you are the Owner Builder, y
ou'll save the builder's profit - assuming you have prepared yourself. How much is that? Well, it depends. All things being equal, smaller houses tend to have smaller profits - say 15-20%. Larger houses may command 25-35%.

On a $300,000 home,
that’s a savings of $75,000 to $105,000!

And, if you plan to do some of the actual work yourself (painting, wallpapering, etc.) the savings could be truly astronomical!

So how much will you save (earn)? That depends on the skill of the builder (you) to control the costs - something you're going to learn a lot about.

So what do I need to know?
Here's an overview of the three major parts of building a home.

. . . any home

. . . Your Home!

the Lot, the Planning, and the Construction

Each of these "parts" has a "Financial" and a "Physical" component. Here's what it looks like.

Overview Of The Home Building Process



Click on a topic from the buttons on the left side of this page or from the list below. If you really want to learn about home building, take it one step at a time. We've laid it out here in pretty much the order you'll need it as you work through your home building project!

Want To Be An Owner Builder?
Here's some food for thought before you leap in. If you are leaning towards being an Owner Builder, hear are some options to consider as well as some of the benefits you'll earn for your efforts.

The Home Contracting Process
A Broad Overview Of The Home Contracting Process. The modern homebuilder (contractor) controls much more than just the construction (building) of the home.

The Parts Of Your Home
If you're going to build a home, you'll need to know more than a little bit about all the Parts of the Home. Here's an exploration of all those parts - from footing to roof - in terms people with no construction experience can understand.

Funding Your Project
Unless you have enough cash available to cover construction costs, you will probably be faced with getting a Home Building Loan to fund the project and Permanent Financing which you will pay off over 15-30 years.

Developing Your Budget
The very first step in planning the construction of a new home is the preliminary budget. Developing a preliminary budget spells out the allocation of funds for your project in broad terms.

Your Building Lot
Home building starts with the selection of the perfect lot. It is one of the most important decisions you'll make in your owner builder project. If you haven't found it yet, here's some great material to help you ask all the right questions before putting down your cash!

Developing Your Plans and Specifications
By now you have finalized your budget and selected your lot. It's time to pull out all those sketches and pictures you have been saving and start seriously designing your dream home. 

What's It Really Going To Cost
Developing Your Construction Cost Estimate -The Home Construction Cost Estimate (sometimes called a "take off") is the heart of your financial plan. It is what your cost control is based upon. Here's how to get it done.

Planning Your Construction Schedule
By developing a building schedule - a plan, the builder knows in advance when every facet of the job is to begin and when it should be completed. This is a planning function, and is carried out before the job is begun.

Understanding The Sequence Of Construction Events
It's fairly self evident that to successfully build a home, you need to know not only the parts involved, but just as important, how they all go together . . . and in what order!

Construction Management
As the Owner Builder, you are responsible for scheduling, purchasing, cost control, cost accounting, quality control and more!

You might as well know right now that here is where you’ll have most of your problems in building your own home - in finding and dealing with subcontractors.

As an owner builder, lumber and building materials suppliers are your friends in the owner-builder-home-building-business. Partnering with the right suppliers can make your life a lot easier.

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