As a owner builder, one of the first  take off’s you will need to get is for the lumber package.   Most lumber yard’s will not charge you for this service.  I only had one that wanted to charge us and that was one of the big box stores.   You will submit your blueprints to the lumber yard and they will work up a bid for a lumber package.  This is a time consuming process for them, so be patient.   (more…)