I've just joined. I am extending and renovating an old (approx 1950's) weatherboard farmhouse as an owner builder. Have my planning permit through, currently working on building permit. Have registered as an Owner Builder.
My original plan was for my father (67) and I to do all the work ourselves (apart from plumbing electrical etc). However my father's health isn't so good and my mum has suggested I get quotes from builders.
I've had a couple of quotes now but I'm wondering if I should still do it as an Owner Builder or refuse to do this and do it with the builder. I know the Building Authority, when I initially applied for owner builder registration, said not to do it if you were employing a builder as some builders will make you do it so they dont' have to cover you under their insurance. The Builders are registered builders but if they get me to do it as an owner builder just contracting them what does that mean in terms of guarantees and insurance etc?
At this stage I'm thinking it will be quite a financial strain to get a builder to do it all anyway and I may have to just get them to do some parts and do the rest myself. I have previously done plastering (though I hate it), laying carpet and vinyl, tiling, installing windows and doors, painting etc. I just don't really understand the whole owner builder business if you are contracting to others and not actually doing it yourself.