Lots of people want to build a house from scratch, but few know exactly where and how to get started. They worry about causing delays from being unprepared, making mistakes that cost thousands of dollars to fix, and potentially ruining their home and wasting thousands upon thousands of dollars.
But it doesn’t have to be like that!
Follow this simple step-by-step guide to developing a comprehensive, completely personalized plan for building your own home. You’ll be able to build safely and legally, without wasting your hard-earned money guessing what permits you need or what tasks to complete when. You’ll save tens of thousands of dollars by crafting your own living and building budgets and get easy, actionable tools to help guide you through from groundbreaking to move-in.
And best of all, you don’t need any previous building experience to build your own house.
We give you everything you need to help you build the life you want from start to finish.
If you’re someone who has been dreaming of buying your own land someday in order to build a house with your own hands from scratch, then what you’re going to learn next could possibly change your life.
If we haven’t met before, my name is Emily. A few years ago, my husband Mark and I made a drastic choice.
You see, we’d spent nearly a decade dreaming of building our own house on our own acreage. But we were broke, working low-paying jobs and living in our little fixer-upper ranch house. We had student loans, stupid consumer debts, and no relief in sight. So we plugged away.
Eventually, we realized that if we were ever going to have freedom we needed to change our ways. So we dumped the debt. We brought our beautiful son into a debt-free household, but there was always this little lingering discontent. We KNEW we wanted to build a house, but life kept getting in the way. So we kept living that ordinary suburban life like we thought we were supposed to.
But one day, when our child was a few months old, we realized that if we were ever going to start chasing our dreams of building a home, we needed to do it NOW. It was time to stop dreaming about it and time to start actually DOING something about it.
So we started looking for land and creating a plan. We budgeted. Looked at where we’d live during the build. Drew floorplan after floorplan and saved dozens of beautiful cabin photos on Pinterest. We did as much research as we could, talked to every code official we could find, and tried to get our ducks in as much of a row as we could.
And then we lept.
We sold our little mid-century ranch in the suburbs to buy 16 acres of beautiful land and build our own off-grid home out of cordwood masonry.
Honestly, there were so many opportunities for us to fail. There was a lot of stress during the build about whether we’d actually make it and be able to move in. Would we succeed, or would we have wasted tens of thousands of dollars? Would it all be for nothing? Would we be ruined??
In spite of all the hurdles we jumped and the many chances we had to fall flat on our faces, we made it. We got our occupancy permit and moved in. It was an amazing and wild ride that I wouldn’t trade for anything, but there ARE things I would take back if I could.
Those are the things I want to save you from. I want to make sure you have the best chance to successfully build the house you’ve always dreamed of.
The biggest frustrations I hear from other aspiring owner-builders are:
“How do you even know where to start?!”
“How did you learn to do all that?”
“It seems complicated! How do you keep track of it all?”
We didn’t have any kind of guide to help us keep track and it got CRAZY trying to keep up with everything. That’s why I wanted to create a complete planner to help other owner-builders avoid some of the frustrations we faced. I want to help you enjoy and appreciate the unique journey to home ownership that being an owner-builder provides.
This isn’t just an e-book or a set of printables. This is a comprehensive guide to planning and managing your entire home build without losing your mind.
Here’s exactly what you’ll learn:
How to design a home that will fit your family’s needs and wants.
What to consider about your land, climate, and working with the Earth so you can create a more efficient and environmentally friendly space.
Who to contact and how about building permits and regulations, so you stay legal.
How to figure out what materials you will need and how to estimate your costs to avoid financial headaches mid-build.
The things you never considered about how to get insurance for your build so you don’t jeopardize thousands of your hard-earned dollars and hundreds of hours of your time.
How you can finance your build as an owner-builder without breaking the bank or digging yourself into a hole.
Exactly how to budget for your build and your life DURING the build so that you don’t go broke building your dream home.
The general building order you’ll need to work in so that you build your home right the first time and don’t have to double back because you missed a step.
The tools you need to get it done right.
Great information is nothing if you don’t put it into action. You need the tools to get the job done and to do it right the first time.
In addition to all of the awesome information content, this book gives you EASY, CLEAR, and ACTIONABLE TOOLS to help you:
Keep a communications log of the sub-contractors, code officials, insurance agents, financial officers, and other important people so you can make sure you’re getting exactly what you pay for.
Price out bids from multiple suppliers to make sure you get the absolute best deals.
Break down large tasks into smaller, bite-sized pieces to take the fear and anxiety out of the big jobs.
Track your expenses so you know exactly what every dollar you spend is doing for you.
We give you real examples from our build to show you how to plan and manage your build every step of the way.
Here’s what people are saying about it!
“This book on building your own home is a wonderful resource full of information that you might not think of yourself. Not only does it give helpful tips and suggestions, but it gives you spreadsheets and places to take notes so it’s the perfect place to keep all of your contact and budget information together. If you are interested in building your own home, this workbook is a must have for success!”
“So, first, I loved it! I think it’s a fabulous resource for anyone even THINKING about building their own home. It really helped me to know what questions we need to be asking even during the initial “what if” stage. Even as someone who has been involved in builds in the past, there were little pieces of information mentioned that I had forgotten about and the book reminded me.
I can already tell I’m going to use this book seriously all the time. The worksheets are printed out and ready to fill out! Here we go!”
“I liked that it organized the important things to keep track of when planning your build. Sometimes I’ve tried to do this and didn’t know where to start.”
If one tool gave you the opportunity to save thousands of dollars, why wouldn’t you take it?
There are so many things to think about when you want to build your own home, so why fly by the seat of your pants trying to make it work?
We learned the hard lessons for you so you can skip the hassle and heartache. The stress of the unknown. The worry that you’ve just wasted an ungodly amount of money.
We’ve taken everything we’ve learned and packaged it into a clean and easy-to-follow toolkit so that you can build with confidence.
Special extras for buying now:
Because you are super awesome, I want to support you as much as I can while you’re on your path to home building success.
In addition to receiving your automatic digital download of our 54-page printable planning guide – $27
You will also receive:
BUYING LAND: A Beginner’s Guide to Finding the Best Place For Your Homestead — FREE!
Lifetime access to updated versions of the planner!
And because I really really really want you to succeed, your purchase automatically sends you a FREE Seven Day “Bootcamp” email companion course specifically designed to help Planner buyers get the results you need.
It’s filled with lots of practical information, real-life examples, and helpful tips and tricks to help you build your own house with confidence!
Through the course, you also get access to me personally via email so you can ask questions and get answers.
Frequently Asked Questions
IS THIS A PHYSICAL BOOK?
This is a PRINTABLE E-BOOK, available in pdf format only. Immediately after purchase, you will get the link to download. Nothing will be mailed to you. This is an instant download to help you get started right away! I suggest in the book to print it out and keep it in a sturdy binder so it can stay safe traveling to and from your building site.
ARE THE WORKSHEETS INCLUDED EXCEL SPREADSHEETS?
No, there are 25 printable worksheets integrated throughout the book. The book is meant to act as a complete guide, taking you through the home building process from start to finish. Because of that, there are many places for YOU to write out your thoughts and to crunch your own numbers without having to flip back and forth.
HOW MANY PAGES ARE IN THE BOOK?
The entire book is 54 pages. You have the option of printing as much or as little of the book as you choose. Several of the worksheets can be printed as many times as you want!
WILL THIS BOOK TEACH ME HOW TO ACTUALLY BUILD THE HOUSE?
If you mean, “will this book show me how to install my roofing or how to frame a stud wall”, then NO. There is no way I could cram every single aspect of building into one book. Skills are one thing but MANAGEMENT is a whole different animal. THIS is the resource that will help you plan out your house, prepare your finances, help you navigate through building code enforcement, and ensure that you stay on track while you build so that you get the absolute best home for your time and money. There are lots of books out there that can teach you how to install an electrical switch or a vent stack, but that knowledge is nothing without having a proper plan in place to build safely and legally.
DO YOU HAVE A REFUND POLICY?
Since this is a digital product, I do not offer refunds.
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