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July 6, 2020 A new house foundation is such a complicated part of the structure. And since it’s so important to get it right, we’ve created a three part video series covering best practices when building a new home. There are three major parts to a quality house foundation… Foundation Engineering – including the walls […]

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Good afternoon,I am in the process of having a new driveway put in.  The cement extends toby the back door.  The height of the old door step was 5″ high, after theypoured on friday the height of the new door step is 8″.  Is there a minimum/maximum door step height? Thank You, Irene S. Hi […]

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June 11, 2020 The support for a new home is so critical we’ve put together this video, House Foundation Engineering 101, to share best practices. If the foundation isn’t built properly the basement will leak or worse, the structure will fail. Water leaks and foundation structural problems can cost tens of thousands of dollars to […]

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Build a House in 64 Days

June 4th, 2020 Is it possible to build a house in 64 days? Absolutely. One of the great things about building a smaller home is the construction schedule moves along at warp speed. We recently finished up the Open Book Build project home and refined our schedule to 64 working days. After factoring in holidays, […]

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May 26, 2020 How much can you save by taking on the general contractor role when you build your own house? Which building activities can be physically performed by the owner for additional savings? Check out our latest video as we tackle these questions for owner builders. We cover the typical gross profit margins of […]

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New Kit Home 2.0

May 19, 2020 A local Cleveland news source picked up the product release for the new Kit Home 2.0 from Open Book Build LLC. For those looking for an affordable home with higher-end finishes, this might just be the answer. It can be built in under four months and the home itself costs $165k for […]

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Here’s a quick video announcing our half price promotion for the first 100 students who enroll in our new online course, How to Build Your Own Home. This course is perfect for aspiring owner builders who need detailed instruction on how to go about building a new home. The course follows a professional builder through […]

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Cost to Build a House in 2020

March 24, 2020 If you are looking for the cost to build a house in 2020, you’ve probably found it difficult to find accurate information. Most of the data focuses on averages and median pricing across the U.S. or across regions of the country. Unfortunately, these numbers may or may not be accurate for your […]

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As of today, March 11, 2020, we are launching our new comprehensive, online course on how to build your own home while taking on the role of the general contractor.  Over the past year, we have been creating the course while building the Open Book Build prototype home.  This new home build served as our […]

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Owner Builder Loans

There are several key items every person wanting to build their own home needs to investigate prior to purchasing land. One of these items is construction financing. Owner builder loans are essential for paying for construction materials and labor. So, are there companies out there that provide financing to folks that want to build their […]

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