Armchair Builder

Many of you are searching for a nice home for your family to grow into. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of homes to choose from today. Demand for single family homes has skyrocketed since the beginning of the pandemic. One of the options available for those wanting a home is to build from the ground […]

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September 28, 2021 There has never been a better time to build your own home. Inventory of existing homes is extremely low which makes it difficult to find your ideal home in the perfect location, at the right price. And as a home builder, I can tell you builders are marking up their material and […]

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August 16, 2021 News stories about lumber prices have everyone believing that wood is cheap today. But for anyone who’s tried to buy any lumber, the story is completely different. Even with minor retail price declines, the cost of most dimensional lumber (i.e. 2×4, 2×6, 2×8…etc) has doubled since the start of the pandemic. Sheathing […]

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Stop Driveway Failures

July 28, 2021 We just published a new video in our owner builder online course that covers the pre-pour quality inspection for the concrete driveway. A new concrete driveway can cost up to $10k so it’s very important we hold our concrete contractor accountable. So in this video we share the specific quality checks required […]

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July 14, 2021 It’s so important that we perform quality inspections throughout the build process to avoid structural failure in homes. Unfortunately, the leading cause of these failures lies in the ground beneath the home. Improperly filling a low lot prior to building a home is the number one cause of structural failure in homes […]

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Kit Home 2.0

Here at Armchair Builder, we get a fair amount of people asking about kit homes and what we think about them.  A kit home can be great for someone looking to physically build their own home as each material piece is labeled and the kit typically comes with an instruction booklet on how to put […]

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Owner Builder Financing

February 4, 2021 Financing the construction of ha new home as an owner builder can be challenging. Banks shy away from giving loans to people who want to build their own home but don’t have a great deal of experience. The good news is there are options for obtaining owner builder financing. Here’s a quick […]

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Owner Builder Loans

January 22, 2021 One of the first challenges an owner builder needs to tackle for their new dream home project is the financing. Many traditional banks don’t want to provide construction loans to the owner builder due to the increased risk associated with the project. Let’s take a look at a few of the reasons […]

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New Owner Builder Class

Are you thinking about building your own home? We recently launched a new online course that covers the complete building process from lot selection through the entire construction schedule. Owner builders can save up to $100k on the average new home in the U.S. Check out our Build Your Own Home online course preview below. […]

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For every home that gets built we need a detailed set of architectural house plans. These house plans tell the trades and suppliers exactly what we are building so they can estimate costs and build the home as we want it to be built. So what is the best way to create these plans for […]

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