“The Owner Builders Guide is an easy to follow publication that has been written specifically for those who are building their own home for the first time”
For most of you, building your own home as an owner builder will be the single largest undertaking that you will ever engage in. It’s an exciting and rewarding adventure that aside from saving you a large amount of money, enables you to build the exact home that you want. However, like the 40,000 owner builders who build their own homes in Australia each year, chances are you will be presented with a number of challenges.
Keeping your eye on the prize
For starters, you need to have a complete picture of what the end result will look like. By this I mean a lot more than the architectural plans that you submit to council. You need to consider the style of your home, colour schemes, orientation for sunlight, styles of fixtures and fittings, energy efficiency, water re-use and usage of indoor and outdoor living areas, to name a few. If you don’t know what you’re planning to build, how do you know that you will achieve the desired end result? Imagine a ship sailing out to sea without a destination. Where would it go?
When building your own home, there are many different supplies, fixtures and fittings that you need to purchase, not to mention the different tradesmen you need to engage. How do you establish a budget that caters for the entire cost of your project? Once you have a budget, how do you ensure that you do not spend more than your budget? How do you cater for the unexpected like items that you may not have considered?
The importance of planning
There are a number of different stages of building a home including the foundations, brickwork, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, plaster, painting to name a few. The different stages of building need to take place in a particular order. There are even dependencies between stages. How do you create a master schedule that takes all of this into account? How will you accommodate delays? Delays can have a flow on effect on other trades people. Most of you will borrow to build your dream. The longer the delay, the more interest you pay on the home.
Its the first time
So why do these problems exist for owner builders?
It’s a huge endeavour owner building your own home and for most it’s their first such undertaking. Naturally when you’re embarking on a new project for the first time, there are many things that you don’t know about… and there is nothing wrong with that. It’s a completely new experience and you need to educate yourself.
But here’s the problem, most people enter into it blindly without educating themselves. Some even adopt the “She’ll be right, how hard is it to build a house?” kind of attitude. This is simply a recipe for disaster.
Education is the key
As an owner builder you are in effect the Project Manager in charge of the construction of your home. This means that you are solely responsible for the planning, organizing, securing and managing of tradespeople and supplies to bring about the successful construction of your home.
That’s a lot of responsibility to take on and it is no mean feat to bring this kind of project successfully over the line. In order to drive and succeed in bringing about this outcome, there are key fundamentals that need to be applied during the planning and execution phases of your project.
To embrace this level of responsibility and achieve a successful outcome you need to educate yourself. With the right education you can learn how to put a detailed plan in place that maximizes your chances of success in the home owner building game.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the old adage, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. These are the foundations of your project and the more time you spend here will save you money and heartache in the long run.
The benefits are yours for the taking
If you could acquire the right education and learn how to successfully build your own home, what would be possible? By simply managing the construction of a new home you could save yourself between 25 and 40 per cent of the total cost.
On a $200,000 project that’s a saving of between $50,000 and $80,000. For a $300,000 project that’s somewhere in the vicinity of $75,000 and $120,000. How long would it take you to save that sort of money? What would you do if you could earn an additional $50,000 to $100,000 tax free?
- Would you build a larger house and install better quality fittings?
- Would you get a new swimming pool?
- Would you pay your mortgage off sooner?
- Would you put it towards your children’s education?
- Would you go on a vacation?
- Would you donate it to charity?
- Would you buy a home theatre system or a new car
Don’t leave it to chance
Having successfully owner built our own home, we’ve distilled a wealth of information into an Owner Builders Guide that will teach you what you need to know to successfully owner build your home.
It is written in plain english and in a step by step manner so that it is easy to follow and comprehend
It will teach you how to plan your project effectively so that you are aware of potential pitfalls and not only build your beautiful dream home but build within budget and enjoy the rewarding experience that comes with it.
The Owner Builders Guide will get you started with the end in mind by helping develop a picture of what your dream home will look like. It will get you thinking about every part of the final product so that you can maximize your chances of building the kind of home that you want.
We know how important it is to thoroughly capture all necessary trades and services as part of the initial planning stage. Missing a single item in your planning could cost you tens of thousands of dollars. What if you were to miss more than one? The Owner Builders Guide provides a comprehensive listing of the different types of Trades people that will need to be engaged and supplies that will need to be purchased to get you to the final finished product. This alone could save you the pain and cost overrun associated with missing something during your early planning stages.
It even provides a sample estimating template that includes the items to be costed and their recommended budget percentage allocations.
It also gets into the nitty gritty, giving you detailed information about the different trades and supplies, so that you can plan your project down to every detail.
And when the rubber hits the road and you need to manage your project and expenditure, the Owner Builders Guide will give you the tools and tips to confidently execute and keep your finger on the pulse.
Here is some more information about what is covered in the Owner Builders Guide:
- The selection and sourcing of a parcel of land
- Owner builder permits, insurance, council and building codes
- A comprehensive list of tasks that need to be undertaken such as the trades people you need to engage and supplies you need to purchase
- Costing your project and managing the budget
- The initial designing and approval of your house plans
- Sourcing contractors, obtaining quotes and things to look out for
- Detailed information about the different building stages and the order they occur in
- Detailed information about how to go about the different stages of building a home
- Engaging subcontractors, selecting and ordering materials and choosing fittings
- How to successfully manage the project, people, tasks and budget
You can arm yourself with this knowledge for only $39, a small price to pay for success. Click the button below to purchase now.
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What they say
Don’t take it from me though, have a read of what some of our customers have to say:
“The guide opened my eyes to the enormity of my project, and it was exactly the detail I needed to help me get started. I had been looking for a step by step guide for a long time and on reading your publication I had finally found what I had been looking for. It is information that is of tremendous value to those renovating their own homes. Well done”
- Morris Blake, Reservoir (Victoria)
“What is unique is that it is the only guide I have come across with the nuts and bolts or guts of what to do to supervise a home building project. well done. and thankyou”
- Carol Jackson, Randwick (New South Wales)
“I would highly recommend your book to others. You have helped people in more ways than you will ever know.”
- Marty Lewis, Brisbane (Queensland)
“This book is an easy to read and logically organise sequence of steps to self supervise your own building project. It is a valuable reference well worth its weight in gold. A must have reference guide for owner builders”
- Mark Miles, Kew (Victoria)
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