Lots of people want to build a house from scratch, but few know where and how to get started. You worry about being unprepared, making mistakes that cost thousands of dollars to fix, and potentially ruining your home while wasting thousands upon thousands of dollars.
It doesn’t have to be like that!
Follow this step-by-step guide to developing a comprehensive, 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 could save tens of thousands of dollars using this straight-forward planner as your guide.
You’ve been dreaming of buying your own land someday in order to build a house. You want to build with your own hands from scratch and you want to make sure you won’t mess it up. I get it because that was us too.
If we haven’t met before, my name is Emily. A few years ago, my husband Mark and I made a drastic choice.
Our Owner-Builder Story
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 because of the specific plans we made before and during the build. We got our occupancy permit and moved in. It was an amazing and wild ride that I wouldn’t trade for anything.
That’s where the planner comes in.
You want to build a house, but…
The biggest frustrations I hear from other aspiring owner-builders are:
“How do you even know where to start?!”
“How did you figure out how to get the right permits or pay for it on your own?”
“Building a house seems complicated! How do you keep track of it all?”
We had specific ways of planning out our build before we ever sold our old house. We also had ways to keep track of things during the build so that we knew what we should be doing when without getting ripped off by sub-contractors.
This planner will help you do the exact same thing so that YOU can build the home you want at a fraction of the price of paying someone else to do it WITHOUT losing your mind.
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.
With this planner, you will learn and accomplish:
DESIGNING A HOME that will fit your family’s needs and wants.
GREEN DESIGN CHOICES and what to consider in creating a more efficient and environmentally friendly space.
BUILDING PERMITS AND CODE so you can keep your build legal.
MATERIALS COST ESTIMATION so you get a solid idea of what your home could cost and how to avoid financial headaches mid-build.
INSURANCE FOR YOUR BUILD so you don’t jeopardize thousands of your hard-earned dollars and hundreds of hours of your time.
WAYS TO FUND YOUR BUILD without breaking the bank or digging yourself into a hole.
BUDGETING FOR YOUR LIFE AND BUILD so that you don’t go broke building your dream home.
THE ORDER TO BUILD 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.
The Owner-Builder Home Planner gives you these EASY, CLEAR, and ACTIONABLE TOOLS:
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.
PRICING WORKSHEET to make sure you get the absolute best deals.
BUILDING TASK MANAGER to take the fear and anxiety out of the big jobs.
EXPENSE TRACKER so you know exactly what every dollar you spend is doing for you.
Here’s what people are saying about it!
“Purchasing the Owner-Builder Home Planner was really a “no brainer”. After seeing a sample and reading some of the awesome content on Accidental Hippies, I could see Emily knew the struggles many have trying to take an idea and put it into action.
The planner does exactly that. It breaks down step by step the process they used in building their beautiful home.
We all have different goals and ideas when it comes to accomplishing our home building dreams. This planner helps alleviate some of the stress by allowing the ink to hit the paper.
My wife and I began having conversations from items listed in the material. Things we hadn’t even thought of! We immediately printed it out and put it in a 3-ring binder with pockets. Any receipts, business cards, pictures, or documentation goes directly into this binder.
Why do you need this planner? It is simple really. A goal without a plan is nothing more than an idea or pipe-dream. The Owner-Builder Home Planner will pay for itself a hundred times over and help you become more efficient with not only your time, but your funds.”
-Andy Watkins of Watkins Haven
“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!”
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. There isn’t another homebuilding book out there that walks you through the financial and technical how-to’s with this much detail.
What you get when you buy now:
- Automatic digital download of your printable planner
- Lifetime access to updated versions of the planner.
- Automatic enrollment in a FREE 7-Day Email Course to teach you everything you need to know to get started.
Here are some samples:
It’s filled with 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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