May I get a very informal Internet poll of anyone doing their own
See, I know this guy, well, actually related to him, that is doing his own
Now, mind you, this is a tear down build up. All by himself.
I'd say very few people, with Internet access and posting on Usenet, are
able to say that would do that in June of 2006 in the USA.
Is there anyone else fool enough?
Just curious. Don't feel compelled to answer, either.
He was telling me the materials will be about 20k, and the concrete
foundation about 10k. That's his budget.
As suprised as you may be, it's happening all the time. I'm in the planning
stages for my own stand alone shop (approx. 8-900 SF) and a friend of mine
just finished a similar project, all by himself. He had a bit of help from
his son but otherwise, that was it.
I'm doing a Master Bdrm/Bath/closet (550 sqft) AND a sound studio (450
sqft), for a total of 1000sqft, with the help of a framing buddy and my
little self. Contracting the cement pad and roof, the rest I will do,
have done it before and is no big thing. Saves a bunch of money that
would otherwise to go a contractor and labor. I see a little over
$26,000.+, not bad for Socal.
Bass Players Drink Bass.
It all depends on your time, money, energy, and skill levels. I've got the
skills, but work kills around 50 hours of daylight a week, including
commuting and lunch, so time is on the short side. I definitely don't have
the same energy I did 20 years ago. But, within limits, I do have the cash.
If it is something I can do in one session, or if it won't make the house
hazardous or non-weather-proof if I drag it out, I'll at least consider
doing it myself. So, to use the addition example, I might pay somebody to do
a weather-tight shell, and finish it out myself, since I can do that a
couple of hours at a time. But I won't strip a roof myself, or reside,
because those kinds of things really need to be finished in a timely fashion
once started. (and roll-off rental adds up quick- best to have a crew knock
out the debris-generating portion ASAP.) I'm currently debating yes or no on
repainting the exterior myself, and maybe reskinning the half-ass deck.
Money isn't the issue, available daylight and energy is. Painting is easy,
the prep work is hard work, and way too easy to get sloppy on, or let drag
out forever, which pisses off the neighbors. The deck is just hard filthy
work. Maybe in the fall when it is cooler....
I agree with you there. It should have been started at the end of March.
Starting in June means you have to work in the heat of summer. By now he'd
have the bulk of the work done and could relax on those hot days in July
instead of doing construction.
My next date would be September. It will be closed in and insulated by the
time cold weather comes around and the interior can be finished in any
start time depends on where your at, like around here its been rain
you can save big bucks just acting as a general contractor for the
shell part. sub out excavating, block and concrete, perhaps framing,
then do all the finishing if you want. its usually best to get the
shell finished for security and neighbor issues
interior stuff can be done over time if needed all winter if necessary
Wih my son and one helper I removed the rear single floor portion of my home,
and we rebuilt it as a two story addition. I added a 4' x 14' foundation to the
end to fit the stairway. Upstairs is a 28' x 14' master bedroom/bath.
We also tore off the hip roof structure on the main part of the home and
rebuilt it as a higher pitched gable roof. I'm now framing the 60' wrap-around
porch across the front and down one side. Everything gets resided to finish up.
Kudos to him. With the knowledge and skills it is certainly
doable. I built my 24 by 32 foot stand-alone workshop with
just help from my wife. I contracted the concrete and block
work. From there, every stick, plumbing and electric was
done by me. My wife was a "gofer" and "hand-me-that"
specialist. She also loaded every roof shingle onto a hoist
system I devised to get them on the roof. She also
documented a lot of the project with a camcorder and camera.
The whole thing took from late Nov 1992 to early March 1993.
You can see the results at
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