Consumer advocate, Tom Landis, guides the owner/builder through the maze of remodel
and home construction decisions when doing residential architecture and home building
projects. Here's what you'll find at the OBS web site:
ScamAlert Part of a consumer advocate's job is
presenting the basics of better buying and selling. We look for information about
products and services and the people who provide them to consumers. Our goal is
to inform, enlighten and educate both consumers and the businesses they frequent
about their mutual problems and concerns.
Contents Here are the topics covered in the "Guide & Video" as well as a Foreword
by Ray Dunn.
Tom Tom is a knowledgeable construction industry insider, writer, educator,
and radio show host . . . and he still believes it's a wonderful life.
Owner Builder Coach As "The Owner Builder Coach," Tom's job is to inspire healthy, team-style relationships within the building community so you can avoid the glitches and meet the challenges of the residential Design/Build process.
Radio Show Here's an "on demand"
archive allowing consumers to choose a topic of interest rather than listen to
an entire program. Listen to national authorities discuss what's useful to consumers
when making decisions for new home construction, remodel and ownerbuilder projects.
Testimonials Read what others are saying about
the "Home Building Consumer's Guide and Video".
Working With Professionals If you decide to work with your local General Contractor as a Construction Consultant, here is a sample Personal Service Agreement to provide a better sense of the conditions you may want to incorporate into your Agreement.
Owner Builder Green Home integrates product style and performance, combining the art and craft of home building. The Green Home is a place where you learn much about product design, construction, landscape, décor and maintenance.
Specifications Some valuable resources for decision
making are the numerous trade, professional, and consumer organizations who establish
construction standards and will provide product specifications or installation/maintenance
information to the consumer as well as the professional.
Read an excerpt from the "Consumer's Guide" on the topic of establishing a preliminary
budget estimate as well as a generic line item budget for a typical remodel or
new construction project.
Most important to the Design/Build process is identify a design solution leading
to a home style which fits your family's life style. View six different residential
construction projects where owners were closely involved in the Design/Build process
from beginning to end.
Your Advantage As an owner/builder you've got the
consumer's advantage. Here's why.
Our Kids Being a part of the cyber community means sharing resources which
help us to grow and learn together. We've found these sites to be of great value
to our children, Lauren, Will and Gia, so we share them with you.
ActiveLearner When you think about active learning
for the residential Design/Build process, what language do you use to describe
the education experience? Remember: A label may be a libel when it comes to an
education. Keep an open mind to vocational, technical, and professional education
sources representing all the arts and sciences.
Tom's Class Whether you intend to hire a General
Contractor, Architect, or act as an Owner/Builder, our one-day course introduces
you to an approach for planning and organizing the construction of your own home.
OBS Newsletter Subscribe to our free quarterly
newsletter. The point is to help you create a homestyle to match your lifestyle.
OBS News is short, sweet and to the point.
The most important thing about shopping for your home design is for consumers
to do their homework prior to final selection of a residential designer, stock
plan service, or architect. Here are tips on how to determine what best fits your
HomePlans Browse here for the home style to match
your life style. Whether it be colonial, country, farmhouse, ranch, recreational
or vacation; French, English, or Spanish style, there's thousands of online blueprint
The books listed as Recommended Reading are what we consider "best of kind" for
designing and building a residential construction project. Also, provided are
links to a few of the major book suppliers on the internet.
HomeLoan Critical Thinking. It's the characteristic
which defines us as human beings. It's the same characteristic which is vital
to the ultimate creative challenge: the Design/Build process for residential construction.
Anticipate how you intend to finance your project before you meet with designers
find these links very useful for searching the construction industry on topics
ranging from "architecture" to "zoning".
To some professionals, a "buildable site" means the city, county, or state in
which the site is located will simply ALLOW you to build on it. Is it economically
feasible to do so? Many times it may be allowable by government agencies but just
too expensive to develop !!! Here are tips on what you might want to identify
as the most critical issues.
And, when you're told by a contractor, "I'll be right over." Or, a supplier says,
"It'll be there by Friday." What does this really mean? Here are tips on how to
qualify a contractor or supplier for your project.
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Stuff The standard disclaimer saying, "We're sorry if we made a mistake or
if something isn't working at the site." Please let us know if you experience
Home The Design/Build process is an artistic endeavor as well as requiring
technical know-how. Tom provides information in a simple, easy to understand,
and sometimes humorous manner. Read an introduction by Tom Landis.
Box Right from Anna's kitchen into the lunch box. Here are a few recipes for
baked goods as well as Herb's recipe for smoked salmon marinade.