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One of the biggest benefits of building your own home as an owner-builder is the savings that can be realized.  Owner-builders willing to manage the process themselves can save 25 percent or more on their new home.  But these savings sometimes come with headaches from extensive building regulations that can be costly and confusing. For […]

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Pros and Cons of Kit Homes for Owner Builders We are always looking for ways to make the building process easier for those who want to build their own home as an owner builder.  One option for making the process simpler is to purchase a kit home from a lumber supplier.  What is a kit […]

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Armchair Builder Reviews

            We appreciate all the great feedback from all of our customers!  Our goal is to provide the most comprehensive information available to owner-builders so they can build a quality home on schedule and per budget.  So, here are a few of the Armchair Builder reviews from actual customers. Armchair […]

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                  Reader Question from Wayne: I need some ideas for replacing a 27 year old Jacuzzi “Garden Tub” pump in my bathroom.  The pump is getting rusty evidence of which are the specks of rust left in the tub after draining.  I know…”rip it out and put […]

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Reader Question: We moved into our Wyoming home two years ago and we were told the home might have a ground water issue.  We added a sump pump into the existing sump crock in our finished basement.  The pump cycles every ten seconds, especially in the spring but this year due to extra precipitation it continues to […]

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Build Your Own Home as a Team Still think you might want to build your own home but aren’t sure it’s possible? Our latest successful owner-builder story comes from Hyrum, Utah.  Here’s a quick article showcasing ten couples that took the plunge and built their own new homes from the ground up.  One important thing to note here is that anytime you […]

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Owner Builder Disclosure Statements:  What are they? Many municipalities throughout the U.S. use something called Owner Builder Disclosure Statements to protect homeowners, or future homeowners, from unlicensed contractors.   It’s a document that owner builders must sign when they go to the local building department to pull an owner builder permit.  What kinds of things […]

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As home prices continue to soar around the world, more people are choosing to become owner-builders and manage the construction of their own new dream home.  It can be a time consuming and challenging task, but the rewards can be significant in dollar savings and from the satisfaction from creating something that will last for […]

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With what appears to be a never ending increase in home prices in many parts of the country, people are looking at all kinds of options for saving money on their dream home.  This doesn’t mean folks want to settle for less, but they are in many cases willing to do some extra work to […]

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Because homes and contractors can be confusing, we try to answer all building questions that come to us at Armchair Builder.   We recently received a question  from a new home owner in Illinois regarding settlement and a high water table.  This new owner is concerned that a high water table may be causing the foundation […]

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