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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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When you hire the wrong contractors to do work for you, life can get messy. We’ve all heard the horror stories…a homeowner gives a “down payment” to XYZ company to put a roof on but they never show up. Or, Ned’s Painting was hired and did a wonderful job for half the house until they […]

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A question that comes up regularly at Armchair Builder is…”Is it really possible to general contract your own home?” This question is followed up with, “Don’t you need a license to build your own home?” Or maybe, “Building a home is just too complicated except for seasoned home builders.” So, we’ve put together a video […]

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