Here's What You Will Learn

House Plans

Finding, Evaluating, and Purchasing Your Lot Where to find available lots. Often overlooked, but important criteria to consider when choosing a lot - like existing easements and restrictive covenants, plus over forty other criteria to consider in choosing the right lot for you. How to find the owners of lots you are considering and negotiating tricks to help you get the best deal on a lot. Special clauses that should be in your offer to purchase when you buy your lot to protect you from the unexpected. How to finance your lot and still get a construction loan.

Developing Your Plans and Specifications
Learn exactly what is included in these documents. How to "read" plans. How to use an architect's scale. How to get them prepared. The difference between architects and residential designers. Should you buy plans from a book? How many sets will you need? How much should you pay?


CPM Diagram

Design Choices and Considerations All the things over which you will have design control - from siting your home and overall style, through room layout, foundations, framing, siding, roofing, electrical, plumbing, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), insulation, appliances and equipment, hardware, floor coverings, wall paper and paint, and landscaping.

Energy Efficient Design Special emphasis on proven design and construction techniques which will save energy and produce a much more comfortable home by reducing air infiltration and eliminating hot and cold spots in your home.

Planning the Construction Schedule Learning the sequence of construction events - what activities follow one another and which ones can be going on at the same time. How to use critical path planning and bar charting to plan your
construction schedule


Cost Estimating A complete listing of cost elements - lot costs, materials, subcontract services, and "soft" costs. Where to find your prices and a convenient way to record them. How to get other people to do most of the estimating work for you! Developing a project "budget".

Cash Flow Planning How to determine what cash you will need and when. A cash flow planning form that ties into your cost estimate and shows you how much cash you’ll need during construction

Building Permit

Construction and Permanent Financing Types of construction loans available What exhibits you’ll need to take when applying for a loan. What the banker will be looking for in you. Where to find funding. How to apply.

Cost Control Effective methods of dealing with subcontractors to control labor costs. How to make sure you get what you're paying for with subs and suppliers.
Special instructions and proven methods for controlling waste and theft.

Cost Accounting
How to keep up with what you have spent. Monitoring costs to insure they match what was quoted and are within your budget.

The Permitting Process What permits you will need. When and where to get them. Who is responsible.



Finding And Working With Subcontractors Where to find subs. How to check them out and get their quotes. Contracts and other documents you’ll need in dealing with them.

Scheduling and Purchasing
How to purchase and receive materials. Specific instructions for getting the subs and materials to the job site at the right time.

Inspectors and Inspections You’ll learn what inspections are required. What the inspectors will be looking for. When to call for inspections. How you should interact with inspectors. How to deal with "red tags" - work that has been turned down by an inspector.

Checking the Plumb

Superintending the Construction - Quality Control A step-by-step walk through the entire construction sequence with an emphasis on what to look for and what to look at when you are at the job site inspecting the work. What is acceptable and what is not. How to deal with substandard work.

Final Inspections and Move-In How to finish up the job efficiently. A comprehensive Walk Through Inspection Check List is provide



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