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Plan To Build, Build to Plan

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 1:42:00 PM America/Louisville Comments


Posted By admin admin

One of the greatest challenges in life regarding a home is deciding to build a house yourself. It doesn’t even matter what size, big or small. The project starts out innocently enough. Maybe a sketch on a napkin or a desire to be more independent. But before long it has blossomed into a job complete with frustrations, late afternoon trips to hardware stores, lots of YouTube videos, swollen knees and knuckles, and the occasional curse word. But rest assured that no matter how tough it may be it can also be the most gratifying experience in life akin to giving birth or cultivating a food plot from nothing but dirt.

As with any project planning should come before execution. A good plan has two parts; the mental planning and the material planning. The mental planning involves some serious soul searching and some thought about need -vs- want. How much space do you need? How do you want your house to look? How adept are you at building and how much experience do you have? The material planning involves sketches, drawing, schematics, material lists, cut lists, timelines, and budgets. If you are serving as contractor and are going to need some help building your tiny house you will also want to plan out subcontractors, a schedule of payments and inspections, as well as any necessary permitting according to local codes. Remember, since you are building the house yourself many of the tasks associated above will be completed by yourself so organization is essential.

I once taught an e-course about building a tiny house. It was years ago. However, the primary thing I taught is still just as relevant today. It is the ‘inspiration notebook‘. It is called such because it begins innocently enough as just a gathering spot for inspiration but it evolves as the build does. I asked that it be color coded or sectioned complete with sheet protectors and pockets. In it you can keep magazine clippings, computer printouts, paint chips, etc. I encourage detail as the more detail you allow yourself the more likely you’ll find solutions to problems in your design. I also insist that a section be designated to receipts and budget worksheets. Once building begins a section may lend itself to contracts, warranties, and agreements.

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