Whether you intend to hire a General Contractor, Architect, or act as an Owner/Builder,
Tom's one-day seminar introduces you to an approach
for planning and organizing the construction of your own home.
"Taking your class, `Better Manage Your Home Building or Remodeling
Project', was a very good experience, even though I'm working with a General Contractor
rather than acting as an Owner/Builder. It's saved me money and contributed to
my satisfaction with the home I'm building. I knew to ask the right questions,
discuss my project with the General Contractor's subs and suppliers, and solicit
their input and ideas."
"I've essentially co-opted subs
and suppliers to contribute and not just perform. Rather than merely show up on
the appointed date and do the job, I've given them the opportunity to help in
the decision-making process. Since they've participated in decision-making before
work began, they've taken greater pride in their work."
line is I've recovered the cost of your class many times over, and I have a more
usable and satisfying home now that all is said and done. As I said to you during
a break in your instruction, I only wish I'd taken your class much earlier in
the Design/Build process."
"You've made a difference in
my life! Thanks, Jim Cox"
"Better Manage Your Home Building or Remodeling Project" is a six hour seminar designed for individuals who want to integrate the Design/Build process by working closely with construction professionals, trade contractors, and suppliers and may be seriously considering acting as the general contractor or hiring a general contractor. The purpose of the class is not to emphasize doing the hands-on labor of the construction trades; rather, the class introduces an approach for managing the Design/Build process by following the standard practices of the construction industry for working directly with public agencies, collaborating with construction professionals, hiring trade contractors, and purchasing from suppliers.
However, we're not the only ones offering classes to Owner/Builders.
Here's a few of our favorite programs, their physical locations and web sites:
If you don't have the time
to attend one of these programs, subscribe to one of the Newsgroups where
you can post a message and others can respond to that topic. Here are some Newsgroups
which may interest you:
Still another source of information:
There are magazines online
which will definitely be of value to the Owner/builder.
This Old House
There's still more information out there:
are sites where you can ask Design/Build professionals for help to diagnose your
problem and give you accurate information which helps solve your problem.
Give these a try:
Tim Carter's Home
But if these sites don't help you, go to Starting Point . . . . . it brings together
the best search resources and directories on the Internet to make your searches
more efficient. The Internet is a busy, brawling, bewildering place. Starting
Point is a free search and directory site that lets you navigate through the clutter
Building a Home!
Use the Electric
Library to search for current articles related to residential architecture
and construction using a deep database of reliable sources. With The Electric
Library, any person can pose a question in plain English and launch a comprehensive,
simultaneous search through more than 150 full-text newspapers, hundreds and hundreds
of full-text magazines, two international newswires, two thousand classic books,
hundreds of maps, thousands of photographs, as well as major works of literature
and art. The first 30 days are free!
Use the Electric Library to search
for innovations in the home building industry like "Modular Building Systems."
Often, innovative technology will take years to become a part of the industry's
standard practices so we depend on architecture and construction journalists to
bring them to our attention. After doing research for Down
Home Radio, here are a few sources for modular building systems, which I found
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Collaborate with the building community during the Build/Design process.
Know what to ask!
Know who to ask!
Be prepared to avoid the glitches normally
associated with designing and building your own home.
The first step is
to ask the critical questions.
But, it's vital that you match the right contractor
and the right supplier to the unique circumstances of your project. You may want
to start your search at the Blue Book of Building and Construction,
a comprehensive construction database of architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers,
products, equipment and services. Search over 550,000 listings by keyword, company
name or even CSI code. View company advertisements and detailed profile information
including sizes and types of typical projects, areas served, recent projects and
Following the tips and checklists in the Home Building Consumer's
Guide & Video you have all the ingredients for a successful project.