Author Topic: Who has built their own house? (I mean you actually peformed most work)  (Read 268 times)

Roland of Gilead

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Asking this in badassity because it is badass to build your own home without much help even if it might not make the top financial sense.

I am curious if any of you have built a home from the foundation up (having the land graded and foundation poured by a company is acceptable).

Having built a RV from complete scratch with electrical, propane, plumbing plus having designed and built a large shed including asphalt shingled roof, a 50 foot by 16 foot deck, and other random items I think it might be possible for us to build our own home if we can figure out how to keep the costs reasonable and get some contractor type discounts.   I am interested to hear of any other experiences.

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Re: Who has built their own house? (I mean you actually peformed most work)
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2017, 08:52:28 AM »
I built a 200sqft addition on my home.

Dug the footings, formed everything, hired a concrete pumper and truck to fill and finish the forms.

Framed, sided, dry walled and finished.

Electrical, plumbing, framing is easy and fun with not a ton of knowledge... May need some friends for tipping up walls, etc. Use trusses, have them crane them on top of the walls.

 Spend a few days reading code for the electrical and piping... and make sketches to know your material list as much as possible up front and ensure you can get your grade right on the sewer pipes, etc.

My recommendations:
-Hire out the foundation. I happened to have access to forms. These can be a PITA to build yourself otherwise, the consequences for a mistake are dire.
-Hire out the drywall tape/texturing. An experienced person can do this in one or two passes. If you're like me, it takes... many more passes.
-Hire out the roof/shingle installation. A crew of 4 layed shingles in a single day on my house. (you buy them yourself from a wholesaler, not lowes. Pay to have them put on the roof with the conveyor truck thing. SOOO worth it.

Roland of Gilead

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Re: Who has built their own house? (I mean you actually peformed most work)
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2017, 09:18:01 AM »
Thanks.  I think we would definitely hire out the foundation but unsure about roof as it may be a bit more inline with something we want to do ourselves.

I am only at the initial phase trying to examine costs.   I want to get an idea of everything involved with fees.   Building permit fees, septic fees, school impact fees, fee fees (I am sure there is a fee fee in there somewhere) and see if building versus buying a fixer upper even makes sense.

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Re: Who has built their own house? (I mean you actually peformed most work)
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2017, 09:33:26 AM »
Asking this in badassity because it is badass to build your own home without much help even if it might not make the top financial sense.

I am curious if any of you have built a home from the foundation up (having the land graded and foundation poured by a company is acceptable).

Having built a RV from complete scratch with electrical, propane, plumbing plus having designed and built a large shed including asphalt shingled roof, a 50 foot by 16 foot deck, and other random items I think it might be possible for us to build our own home if we can figure out how to keep the costs reasonable and get some contractor type discounts.   I am interested to hear of any other experiences.

Sorry irrelevant to your question but this sounds pretty badass. Do you have a write-up of this somewhere. Just curious what you did and how it turned out.

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Re: Who has built their own house? (I mean you actually peformed most work)
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2017, 10:02:12 AM »
Paging Rural....  I know she and her husband built theirs from scratch.

My wife -- somewhat tongue in cheek -- promised she would divorce me if I attempted to build my own.  We ended up going with a general contractor and negotiating several parts out of the bid as "ours".  I may be forgetting some, but it was something like: site cleanup/maintenance, final site grading, paint, trim carpentry, tile work, wood flooring, drywall in a couple of unfinished areas (but contracted the majority of the drywall).
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Re: Who has built their own house? (I mean you actually peformed most work)
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2017, 01:50:58 PM »
I generaled 2 and then my cousin and I built a 7200squ foot Mc Mansion I lost my ass on. But we did pretty much everything we could. Contracted out The heating but laid the infloor part ourselves and we did 50% of the electrical. All the plumbing we had done. Alot of fun, took a year an a half but all the money I made in the 2 houses before I lost and then some. Stupid times.
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Re: Who has built their own house? (I mean you actually peformed most work)
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2017, 02:05:07 PM »
Asking this in badassity because it is badass to build your own home without much help even if it might not make the top financial sense.

I am curious if any of you have built a home from the foundation up (having the land graded and foundation poured by a company is acceptable).

Having built a RV from complete scratch with electrical, propane, plumbing plus having designed and built a large shed including asphalt shingled roof, a 50 foot by 16 foot deck, and other random items I think it might be possible for us to build our own home if we can figure out how to keep the costs reasonable and get some contractor type discounts.   I am interested to hear of any other experiences.

Sorry irrelevant to your question but this sounds pretty badass. Do you have a write-up of this somewhere. Just curious what you did and how it turned out.

Check this out  http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/welcome-to-the-forum/drove-our-homemade-rv-today-(but-didn't-turn-out-very-mustachian)/

Roland also had a journal about his travels.

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Re: Who has built their own house? (I mean you actually peformed most work)
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2017, 03:04:22 PM »
 We built ours, including grading and foundation digging but not including the concrete pour. He built the road in, too, before that.  My husband did the design work as well, and the engineering. I swung a hammer a little bit but mostly I made money to buy building supplies. He and my dad built the place, with a little bit of help from my brother and an uncle. Oh, and my father-in-law.

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Re: Who has built their own house? (I mean you actually peformed most work)
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2017, 07:22:38 PM »
Just moved into our house last year. We contracted the foundation, hvac, and shingles. We did all the framing, siding, electrical, plumbing, plaster, and finish work. It took just over a year to finish it all. I estimated it took me about 2000 hours and probably had 5-600 hours man hours of help from family. The house is 1500 sq ft. We were able to afford some custom things with our labor savings,which probably would have added a lot of cost to the average "spec" home. Overall I would say it was financially worth while and definitely gives you a sense of pride.