Home Owner Building – How to Ensure Quality As an Owner Builder

In my years helping hundreds to manage their own building and remodeling projects, there was a recurring theme. And it continues today. People are scared that if they manage it or built it themselves, they won’t know if they are meeting high quality standards.Question: How can I, as a homeowner builder, ensure quality in my home?Answer:Your home’s quality isn’t just about following building codes and passing inspections. While these things are very important for the structure of your home, they certainly don’t guarantee your home will be energy efficient and provide you with the quality features you desire.Quality Home Building is About Preventative MedicineBuilding or remodeling with quality starts early. It’s in the design and preparations. Homeowner builders looking to maximize the quality of their homes should follow a strategy something like this:
Hire an architect or home designer to prepare detailed house plans and blueprints that reflect their desires
Select high quality building materials for the home’s structure
Employ experienced and conscientious subcontractors for each phase of the construction, and
Use a home building coach to help them manage the process and inspect and approve the work
As an owner builder, you do not “go it alone.” Perhaps it’s better to say that you should not go it alone. Even a DIY (do-it-yourself) owner builder, who wants to do a lot of the actual labor himself, is well advised to get professional help.And that help would be a professional home building coach.Help From Building InspectionsOne further word of support. In most instances, building jurisdictions will inspect every major phase of the work on your home. They should spot any deviation from the work called for on your plans. So, if you’ve had your plans prepared well as I suggested, the inspectors provide another layer of protection for you.Now, go make YOUR dream come true!