Over the next few weeks, I will be posting information about how to be your own contractor. Many of the people I talk to are excited about the idea of contracting their own house; however, once they get knee deep, they start to realize why contractors are paid the money they are. There is a lot to being a quality contractor and simply having a desire to do it yourself is not enough to do it well. You will need knowledge and a plan. You will need forms and contracts. You will need help.
Over my years as a general contractor on both conventional new construction and remodeling, green building, and straw bale construction, I have learned a lot about how to be successful, how to fail (yes, that can and has been a good teacher!), and how to keep your sanity. I hope you will join me on this journey into contracting over the coming weeks.
I will talk about common pitfalls for owner builders and professional contractors and how to avoid them. I will give examples of long term plans for contracting your home. I will discuss working with subcontractors, insurance companies and banks. My hope is to scare you just enough so that you can assess whether you are right for the job while at the same time give you relevant information for you to do the job well should you decide to take it on.