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Old 06-04-2008, 02:22 PM   #16
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You've heard from the pros. Now hear it from an amateur. I headed a local chapter of Habitat for Humanity and we built three houses on my watch, all with amateurs. We had a volunteer surveyor who provided us with site plan and staked out the foundation for us. We had a volunteer architect who provided us with detailed drawings. Two out of the three we had a pro foundation contractor do the foundation. If you have decent skills, and good plans, I think you could do it, and you should consider having the foundation done for you.
Another story. My son built a cabin, 20'x30' with no plans and no prior experience. Two story cabin with 15'x20' sleeping loft and double high living room ceiling and a 12/12 pitch roof on top of it. The whole thing is built on the edge of a hill and the downhill side is on 8'piers.After he got the roof framed up and before the siding went on, a tornado came through and deposited his roof in a neighbors yard 400' away. If he had properly attached the roof to the walls, he would have lost the whole structure. Insurance paid him $14K and he replaced the roof for $6K.
After he moved in, whenever it was windy the whole cabin shook so much that he would get up in the middle of the night and sleep in his truck for fear the whole thing would collapse. He has since added diagonal bracing and he has a nice place, but it could have been a tragedy.

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Old 06-04-2008, 03:00 PM   #17
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[quote=hunniebugg;127580] if it's wrong it will correct me, [quote]

I wish I had something to correct me every time I'm wrong. Oh wait, I do have a teenager.
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I personally, want to see them "Wing it" with the County Inspection board. This would be a interesting topic. Now if they may be building a Club house, it would work, but not a house.
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I personally, want to see them "Wing it" with the County Inspection board. This would be a interesting topic. Now if they may be building a Club house, it would work, but not a house.
Well, you may not want to hear it, but there are some towns up here where all you need to do is go to the town office, pay for a building permit, and that'll be the end of it. No plans, no inspections, nothing. A friend built a really nice timberframe house in the next county east of here, and he had no inspections whatsoever. I expect there are a lot of people building out there who don't do nearly as good a job as he did though.
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you still need a cert of occupancy, insurance, elec & plumbing inspections, power to the bldg
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you still need a cert of occupancy, insurance, elec & plumbing inspections, power to the bldg
Not everywhere.
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MAYBE IN MEXICO, but in order to have a structure deemed habitable, and for a Insurance company to insure it, it has to be deemed safe. God, I love Internet Lawyers.
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MAYBE IN MEXICO, but in order to have a structure deemed habitable, and for a Insurance company to insure it, it has to be deemed safe. God, I love Internet Lawyers.
Deemed safe by who? The AHJ? Fire Marshall? Insurance Company? Third party inspector? I was just trying to make a point that not every jurisdiction has a full set of inspections. Relax.
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I have a bridge for you guys to buy also....... LOL
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I have to agree with most here on not doing it all yourself. I just finished building a house for my mother in law(I am not a professional builder). We drew out the floor plan that we wanted and took it to an architect. $500 and he drew out the blueprints. I contracted out the foundation, framing, roofing, elec. and plumbing. Then I finished everything else. This might be an option for you also. I would have to say that there is no way I would have come out ahead by trying to build from foundation up myself. Leave that part to the experts. My .02 cents. Good luck with your project.

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