What is a Owner Builder?
To some a owner builder, is someone who literally builds their own house. My dad fits this definition. When I was young, my dad built our home. He literally did about 90% of the work. I remember us digging the foundation as a family. Well, my sister and I mostly played. It took him three years. to complete our house. It was a large undertaking but he did a fine job and it is a house that he can be proud of. He built a historical looking home that most people think was built in the 1800’s.
An Owner builder can also be defined as someone who acts as the general contractor. My wife and I fit this definition of owner builder. We probably only did around 15% of the actually labor but we spent a lot of time finding the best deals and lining up subcontractors. Most owner builders will fall into the second category. You can save a lot of money without lifting a hammer. However, you can expect to spend on average about ten to fifteen hours a week. You will spend a lot of time on the phone, meeting subcontractors , researching material and managing people. You will also need to visit the job site to make sure the job is done properly. If you like the idea of acting as your own contractor but desire help and guidance you might consider a service like ubuildit. I have never used their service nor do I know much about them but they might be worth looking into it. Before using any service of this nature, make sure you research and make sure it will be a good fit for you. You might also consider hiring a retired contractor as a consultant. You can work out a deal that you pay them based upon when you need them.