So, you’ve decided to become an independent owner builder
Congratulations, you have taken the first step in becoming an owner builder. By building your own dream home you can potentially save tens of thousands of dollars off the cost of your new home. However, managing the construction of a home is not as easy as it seems. There are many challenges involved.
As an owner builder, you are effectively managing the entire construction of a home which involves being responsible for many different facets of home construction. You will have to plan and schedule building activities, estimate costs, engage contractors, source building materials, fixtures and fittings, and supervise the entire end to end construction of a home. This includes dealing with many different trades such as brickwork, plastering, plumbing, electrical, painting, carpentry etc.
You will have to make many decisions such as the style and theme of your home, color schemes, the style of windows, rooms, stairs, indoor and outdoor areas, environmental friendliness, home automation. The list goes on.
In order to carry out all these tasks successfully, you will need to educate yourself, especially if you are a first time owner builder. You need to become aware of the process as well as the possible risks and pitfalls involved in home building so that you can maximize your chances of success in this endeavor.
The owner builders guide – a must read for the serious owner builder
Having successfully completed an owner builder project, we’ve distilled a wealth of information into the Owner Builders Guide. It will teach you what you need to know to successfully supervise the construction of your own home.
It is a simple and easy to read publication written specifically for the first time owner builder. It provides expert advice and practical tips to help you through the challenges of home building.
We understand the challenges facing owner builders and thus we have covered all the main aspects of the home building process including planning, scheduling, engaging subcontractors, financing, managing the paper work (building permits, contracts, insurance protection etc), sourcing building material and supervising the overall project.
Our main goal is to transfer to you the knowledge that we have gained in order to simplify the process for you, make you aware of the risks and pitfalls as well as helping you achieve a more cost effective result. The Owner Builders Guide is the perfect resource to guide you through the process of supervising the construction of your own home.