Have you ever thought about building a home yourself? Not, hiring a General Contractor to build a home for you, but actually building it yourself. Do you think you could do it? If you don’t think you’re qualified, you’d be surprised. I’ve done a lot of research on the subject of owner / builder’s and the people who you would think are least likely to build their own homes seem to be the people who are doing it the most.
Teachers, farmers. accountants, factory workers, executives, people from a wide array of backgrounds are building their own homes. Many of them do it without personally swinging a hammer or any involvement in the labor. To be your own builder you need to have good organizational skills. As long as you can organize the logistics, the material, and the labor you can save a substantial amount of money. Of course, you can save even more money if you actually put in some sweat-equity. Renee and I are taking the substantial sweat-equity route.
We have some experts in the background to whom we can go to in the event we encounter an obstacle (or two) where we need guidance or direction. But building a home yourself, in this time in history is the easiest time that has ever existed. We have something the generations before us never had: The Internet. I’ve been pouring over books, YouTube videos regarding products and applications, all the knowledge you could possibly need is available. All you have to do is find it.
I’ve been a home inspector for nearly 20 years but I have never built a home myself. Together, with Renee, we are looking at this as another chapter of our great adventure! We have the opportunity to build the home of our dreams, designed just the way we want it, and form fitting for our lifestyle! Many people cite the fact that building a home is one of the most stressful things that can happen in a marriage or a relationship as a reason for not undertaking this venture. To the contrary, I believe this is going to be very cathartic, enjoyable, and rewarding.
We plan on taking you with us on this journey! Tune in often to see what’s happening on our Country Living Project!