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Can I Really Build My Own Home
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From Amanda:

We've been looking at building our own home. I've been looking at 2-story houses, my husband at 1-story. He finally just admitted that he doesn't want to build a 2-story, he doesn't feel comfortable -- that's it's beyond his expertise. Do you have any suggestions of sources, books, advice, anything that might shed some light on this?

Response:

Hello Amanda,

If you are planning to build your home using competent building contractors they will do the work. In other words they follow the plans that you purchase or have drawn and build the house according to the plans.

We built a 2 story that has some really complicated gables and I would not have a clue how to frame up the house. I used an excellent framing contractor and had an inspector look at each phase of the construction and advise me on what to and not to do.

On the other hand if you plan on doing all the manual construction of the house you need to be sure you know how to do each task completely.

If you are using contractors the key is to make absolutely sure you do your research and find the right ones.

I hope this helps,

George
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From Donna:

I just wanted you to know I have read the very helpful information on your build-yourown-home.com website throughly. I am a single woman building my own home. I was married to a builder for 27 years, so I feel like I know the terminology, the right people and I have enough knowledge to get through it. I'm sure I will be referring back to your site and reading your newsletters regularly. I to would love to document and build my own website, but I'm not sure time will allow that. Thanks for all the good information.

Response:

Hello Donna,

Thank you for the kind words. It is always great to hear that build your own home is helping folks.

Merry Christmas,

George
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From Kris:

You have created a very informative site that I have referred back to many times during the construction of our home. Thank you for all your help!

Response:

Hello Kris,

Thanks for the kind words.:) It is great to hear Build Your Own Home is helping.

All the best,

George
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From Nicole:

Hi George I am a stay-at-home mom with a 10 month old and one of the way in Feb, 2006. Would i be able to build a home for me and my family with no experience what so ever. How much time in the day did it take you to build your home and how long also. I want my husband to realize that I have 2 young ones and will not have any time to do this, that we should hire a experienced contractor that builds home and has alot of experience in this field. Please let me know your thoughts and opinions to this matter so I can tell my husband he is crazy if he wants me to do this. thank you again

Response:

Hello Nicole,

Building a home takes a tremendous commitment of time and effort. My wife and I both spent a great deal of time on the project.

Every bodies situation is different. There are so many factors to consider like:

How far are you from the job site?

Can you be there just about every morning to make sure the contractors are there with no issues?

Do you have the time to do all the research to find the right contractors?

These are just a few things you need to think about. We did not have any children to consider at the time so I can not give you an opinion on that. But what I can say is if you are considering doing this because your husband wants you to and you don't, I think you are making a mistake. I say this because this process will try the most committed and will test you and your husband at times to the max.

Building your own home is not a picnic, but it is worth the trouble. My wife and I pulled together thought he whole project and we still had some rough spots. I have to say it is one of the most challenging things we have every done and one of the most rewarding.

All the best,

George
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Hello,

I enjoyed your site and I thank you for sharing your building experience. My husband and I are researching information on homeownership (1st time homebuyers). We have looked into foreclosed homes and found that will not work for us. We were looking into purchasing a home (already built) but finding the houses we like are really expensive. So we are considering building. Because this is a learning experience for the both of us, could you provide more details in becoming your own general contractor and how do we get started in doing so. We are planning to talk to a general contractor in August to get more info. about building. Any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Again thanks for sharing your experience.

Response:

Hello,

Thank you for your kind comments. I would suggest (if you have not already) you review the New Home Construction page. This page explains the options (that I am aware of) to build your own home. I would strongly suggest you take your time and really research any option that you are considering.

Take the time to read several books on home building and building your own home. A couple of hundred dollars in reading material could save you many thousands of dollars and untold headaches down the road.

I have put together a selection of books from many authors on Do It Yourself Home Building on the DIY Knowledge Center page.

Hope this helps,

George Stevens
Can I Really Build My Own Home
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From Phil: 

I would appreciate your opinion--I am planning on building my new home some 400 miles from where I now live. is it feasible to consider "building my own home" since it will be impossible on a day-to-day basis to be on site to ensure things are going as planned? the city is also new to me and i don't have any local contacts or knowledge to assist the process of selecting a "building supervisor" to oversee construction. or should i just select a local builder then coordinate the selection and purchase of major items, i.e., windows, flooring, roofing, etc., to save where I can.

I have learned a great deal from your website and would value your thoughts on my dilemma. 

Response:  

Hello Phil, 

I know other readers that have been put in a similar situation. It is tough to build a house if you can't be their on a day to day basis.

You may consider the following before you make your decision:

Take some time getting familiar with the area. Much of this can be done from your location using the phone and the internet. You can contact the BBB and the local Chamber of Commerce and inquire about the local large building suppliers. Find out who they are so you can start your research.

You can give them a call and ask them to recommend a building supervisor or a builder in the area. Get as many opinions as you can. Interview them on the phone, but don't make a decision yet. Remember this is a marriage you need to meet them in person but you can get an idea of who you want to see.

Once you have narrowed your search down take some time off to meet the candidates and go to the area and interview them. Make sure you get a client referral sheet, and go see the houses they have built. If they are reluctant to give you information run for your life. Remember research, get references and check them out. Call the people they have built houses for, don't just trust the Building Supervisor or Builder.

If you plan on using a Supervisor or Builder you need to set up a schedule to go to the building site and check progress. I know this is a pain but believe me you will feel better. I would suggest at least every 2 weeks, when construction has commenced. This of course is no hard fast rule but is necessary to make sure you interests are being served.

You can get a lot done these days with a cell phone, the internet, and a fax machine, but nothing replaces the eyes of the guy writing the checks looking at the project up close.

Hope this helps,

George


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