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What is an Owner-Builder?

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An owner-builder is anyone who decides to take control of their building and renovation projects by taking on the role of the general contractor. The term general contractor sounds scary, but it’s just another phrase for having overall responsibility for the outcome of your project. This would include quality, budget, schedule,…etc. So, in taking on this responsibility, you can decide to get as much help as you need based on your ability and time available. If you have the time, and you have a background in residential construction, you may choose to handle most of the duties of the general contractor yourself. If you are a “do it yourselfer” and don’t have a background in construction management, you will probably hire a builder consultant to help you. A builder consultant is a home builder/general contractor that builds homes in the area of your project and can provide various levels of assistance to you.
What projects are we talking about? Build a new home from the ground up. Add on to your existing home. Finish your basement. Build a new garage. Remodel your kitchen or bath. Add custom built-ins to your closets. Create your own backyard oasis with pool, cabana, bar…etc. Whatever you can dream up, you can build as the owner-builder. Maybe, you just need to fix a problem with your existing home. These would include a wet basement, a bulging basement wall, a yard that doesn’t drain properly, a window that leaks…etc. As the owner-builder, you research the problem, determine the solution, and subcontract out the repair.
So, can you become an owner-builder? With the help of Armchair Builder and the team of professionals available to you, you can complete your project at a great price and per you schedule.   For videos about becoming an owner-builder go to our main site…videos tab.

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Build Your Own Home in This Nasty Economy?: 53,000 Did in 2010- Armchair Builder :: Blog :: Build, renovate, & repair your own home. Save money as an owner-builder. | October 21, 2011 at 10:44 am

[...] term owner-builder is just another way of saying the owner acted as the general contractor for the project.  As the [...]

Owner-Builder Liability- Armchair Builder :: Blog :: Build, renovate, & repair your own home. Save money as an owner-builder. | November 4, 2011 at 9:10 am

[...] is something every property and business owner should be concerned with.  As an owner-builder we want to prevent lawsuits, but we also want everyone to be safe around our new building projects. [...]

Costs to Build For Owner-Builders- Armchair Builder :: Blog :: Build, renovate, & repair your own home. Save money as an owner-builder. | November 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm

[...] last week.  This New Construction Cost Breakdown by the NAHB, can be very valuable to the owner-builder as it gives average costs across the country for each line item for building a new home. [...]

Inspiring Dream Homes for Owner Builders!- Armchair Builder :: Blog :: Build, renovate, & repair your own home. Save money as an owner-builder. | December 9, 2011 at 8:32 am

[...] all have a dream home in mind that we will one day build as an owner builder. A home that will inspire us every day to be our best. A home that will help us to live every day [...]

The Best of Armchair Builder, 2011!- Armchair Builder :: Blog :: Build, renovate, & repair your own home. Save money as an owner-builder. | December 26, 2011 at 6:16 am

[...] What Is an Owner-Builder?  An owner-builder is anyone who decides to take control of their building and renovation projects by taking on the role of the general contractor. The term general contractor sounds scary, but it’s just another phrase for having overall responsibility for the outcome of your project. This would include quality, budget, schedule,…etc.  So in taking on this responsibility, you can decide to get as much help as you need based on your ability and time available. If you have the time, and you have a… [...]

Question: Use Manufactured Floor Joists or 2x’s?- Armchair Builder :: Blog :: Build, renovate, & repair your own home. Save money as an owner-builder. | January 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

[...] had an owner-builder recently ask, “what is the best floor framing material to use on my new addition and [...]

How to Build a Home, Step 1, The Overall Budget- Armchair Builder :: Blog :: Build, renovate, & repair your own home. Save money as an owner-builder. | December 3, 2012 at 11:17 am

[...] ago.  If you plan on building your own home, you will want to find a bank that provides loans to owner builders.  The bank will have standard calculations they use to calculate the top of your budget, similar [...]

Building Scams and the Owner Builder Permit. Don't be the victim.- Armchair Builder :: Blog :: Build, renovate, & repair your own home. Save money as an owner-builder. | June 5, 2013 at 10:23 am

[...] project.  But when you intend for someone else to handle the schedule, quality, and budget, your owner builder permit can bite you in the rear.  Here are some potential outcomes for when you hire a full [...]

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