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The Owner Builder Process Begins

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I mentioned in an earlier post that my husband and I were about to embark on building a new home. This is not our first build but it will be the first build that we have undertaken as owner builders.

I admit that the ‘owner builder’ title fills me with dread and with it comes visions of forgetting some crucial element that holds up the building process or worse ends up costing us money to fix.

Having previously used building companies in the past if something wasn’t done by a certain time or not done to standard it was easy to refer to the site supervisor and say “we need to get this sorted out” now of course the person that sorts that out will be me or the hubby. It is these thoughts that are already keeping me awake at night and we haven’t even broken ground.

We will next week undertake our owner builders course and license and things will move fairly quickly from there. This is not something I would recommend to anyone who hasn’t at least built one house before and know what they are in for, building is one of the most stressful things that you can do in your life (more so than moving house) so you need to have a bit more than a basic understanding of home building.

It is also important to be aware warranty issues, this will vary state by state but just as you get a new home warranty with a building company the same also applies to owner builders who then become responsible for the home warranty for a period of time even after the house is sold, but again this is something that varies state by state but you need to be aware of it.

To make life even more interesting we are using a new product from FBM Corp that has great thermal properties,is a new green technology product and has a very fast construction time. These prefabricated panels will allow construction of the house to lock up stage to happen very quickly.

We have previously built twice using double brick construction that is favoured here in Western Australia but this product ticked all the boxes for us in terms of build time, environmental impact and cost (around 30% less than normal brick construction) so that part I am particularly excited about.

So as we go on I will keep you all posted and try not to bore you all with the details, as soon as there is the opportunity for photos I will post them for you to see.

Would love to hear about anyone else’s building experiences good or bad so feel free to have a chat or vent depending on your how your building venture went.

Madge

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  1. Hi,

    Know all too well about those things ‘keeping you awake at night’! I have to keep telling myself that there is nothing I can do about it in the dark, and I need my rest to sort it out in the morning…

    Building your own home is stressful, but incredibly exciting… The worry of it all, sometimes seems unbearable – but hopefully worth it in the end. We are just out of the ground with ours.

    In addition to the actual day-to-day site works; the paperwork, bills, utility companies, contracts, sub-contractors, agreements, warranties, party wall matters, etc can seem overwhelming… But if you can put a good team together, at least you all work together to make it a reality.

    Very best of luck with it, and I’ll be stopping by your blog to see how it goes…

    Best wishes,

    JL

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    • Hi Jessica,

      Just stopped by your blog also and your project looks amazing! Hopefully by now the weather is looking better for you, I will also keep track of your build, it is exciting. Best of luck with yours!
      Madge

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