Dec 03, 2019 6:41 pm
10 years ago I owner built my current home (Maitland, NSW). I undertook this massive task after being invited into the home of a neighbour, who was nearing the end of his own owner build. After comparing rough building costs (his owner build vs MDJ project home I was preparing to build) I threw myself into my own owner build project. As owner builders know, it's not necessarily about the total build cost but the quality of the building, additional size, inclusions, etc and my first owner build was extremely successful in this regard.
But here is the big advantage I had first time around. Said neighbour/friend gave me a complete spreadsheet of his entire build cost. And because we had similar sized blocks/ similar slopes / ultimately similar sized houses / and his info was less than 12 months old; I had a huge advantage when getting and accepting quotes at every step of the project. So long as my quotes were in line with his (or better) I knew roughly what my total end cost would be. This took away a big chunk of the scary unknown and I'm not sure how I would have coped otherwise.
Now I'm considering undertaking another owner build. However this time I don't have the same advantage and whatever I learnt the first time around is long forgotten (or now irrelevant). This time I'm looking at a sloped block (front to back) and I'm looking at a higher quality/designer home.
Via this forum I'm hoping to find an owner builder coach/enthusiast. Someone who has fairly recently undertaken a quality project and enjoyed it so much that they're happy to coach and share information.
Please message me if you're interested in assisting. I admit after my first owner build all I wanted to do was relax lol but I did actually help another owner builder a couple of years later.
Thanks in advance
Re: Owner Builder Mentor2
Dec 03, 2019 7:19 pm
Hey eastmaitlandnewbies welcome back, after 10 years things have certainly changed
Spreadsheets are now dynamically linked to Building Information Via a 3D BIM Model and the internet.
Basically,there are 3 stages of BIM
1st Stage Sketch + Data/quants ( Broad)
2nd Stage Drawings+ Specis + Data/Quants (Contract)
3rd Stage Construction/Engineering Drawings/details + Quants (Ordering and on site construction checking)
Sounds like you are at the 1st Stage ie fine tuning the design, optimising the build/engineering and working on broad rates and costs,defining boundaries and limits,etc
First Stage BIM
Designer,Engineer (Civil,Const & Envir),Builder,Concrete & Masonry Contract.Struct Repairs
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