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Barrel-Race7,150791630
TuesdayHouston, TX

Cobbler-Mountain-Hom...44100
MondayAlexandria, VA

Vilano-Beach--Water-...21,252391170
4/5/2014Saint Augustine, FL

HudsonHouse7,050300
4/2/2014Omaha, NE

Tanglewood87,0137862,22242
3/24/2014Colorado Springs, CO

697MarlinAustinArea1,23218910
3/15/2014Austin/McDade, TX

1860s-Texas-rehabnew...43,209441910
3/14/2014Boerne, TX

Bladenkirk564640
3/13/2014White Oak, NC

P-Wade-Crocker456100
3/12/2014Spring, TX

Shana536200
3/11/2014Chaffee, MO

OwensNewHome60,1051033810
2/2/2014Chandler, AZ

Du-Lock-Lane1,338200
2/1/2014Houston, TX

Family-Affair10,651440
1/31/2014Saint Petersburg, FL

TheCastle10,025270
1/23/2014Cheshire, CT

The-Last-Rodeo9,71827100
1/14/2014Angel Fire, NM

TheHoskensProject58,6151504333
12/31/2013Dome-ville, central, FL

NorthPoleHome30,305341330
12/29/2013North Pole, AK

navarre-village-buil...1,213100
12/26/2013Gulf Breeze, FL

Seven-Peaks-Faswall-...34,905483181
11/18/2013Graeagle, CA

The-Dailey-Project1,808100
10/27/2013Pompano Beach, FL

Beaver-Creek-Ranch30,358213210
10/15/2013Hayfork, CA

The-Cortes-Adventure17,721520
10/14/2013Snowflake, AZ

jeff3,915300
8/29/2013Jackson, MO

Miami-FL-country-hom...5,415320
7/30/2013Miami, FL

Brevard-County--Pt-S...2,589100
7/17/2013Rockledge, FL

Dream-Build-Austin-T...4,198300
4/17/2013Austin, TX

Eschete-Dome22,46630530
12/24/2012Lafayette, LA

ChapelHillNCBob5,605110
10/23/2012Chapel Hill, NC

The-Skimino-Bluff7,0263130
10/13/2012Williamsburg, VA

Octagon-in-Glencoe-C...48,893144110
10/8/2012Glencoe , CA

nateshomemtpeakview4,706100
9/29/2012

sherman20,116221560
9/27/2012Downers Grove, IL

Omaha9,227380
9/13/2012Omaha, NE

Holy-Hill-House16,55635530
8/27/2012Richfield, WI

Omega-CEO5,676110
8/13/2012Manassas, VA

JayHouse10,3717190
6/22/2012Sebastopol, CA

30233,46823770
5/20/2012Belfair, WA

SunburnStateHome6,350110
3/6/2012Charlotte County, FL

VICTOR-MONTANA8,148110
2/22/2012Victor, MT

Houston-720125966,835100
1/21/2012Houston, TX

Workshop15,645630
1/8/2012Florissant, CO

Our-simple-home11,865223080
12/5/2011LaPorte, IN

ICF-Construction19,453500
11/11/2011Elkridge, MD

Little-Help-from-my-...12,32711150
11/4/2011Rockwall, TX

YaNYca14,048810
10/29/2011Boston, MA

The-Man-Refuge10,891310
10/19/2011San Antonio, TX

mckernanmc11,196320
10/6/2011Amite, LA

Large-Family-Compoun...7,477200
9/23/2011Covington, GA

Woodchuck-Ridge10,354480
9/12/2011Akron, OH

Forever-Home-Sweet-H...21,02834310
8/24/2011Issaquah, WA

Clarksville-MD9,124200
8/22/2011Eldersburg, MD

steve-n-carolyn16,3734140
8/21/2011Sun City, CA

Old-York8,216200
7/27/2011Bridgewater, NJ

Carriage-House17,14620282
7/24/2011Ft. Collins, CO

DomeSweetDome22,41018291
6/4/2011Suffolk, VA

Goodpasture24,283562880
5/28/2011Westminster, CO

Marks-Log-Cabin13,973392210
5/12/2011Altoona, PA

Bill21,235100
5/4/2011Tucson, AZ

Mueller-Dream-Home8,847100
4/15/2011

Oklahoma-Steel10,796650
4/13/2011Minco, OK

DutchG8,464200
4/5/2011

HiddenInOhio10,3749130
4/1/2011Elyria, OH

MagnoliaHouse8,917100
3/29/2011Houston, TX

Buffaloader13,792200
1/11/2011Valley Center, KS

SouthernEcoHome27,91620210
1/9/2011Blacksburg, VA

Austrian-Chalet14,214780
1/2/2011Twin Lakes, CO

Vista-Ridge13,24221660
12/21/2010Swanton, OH

OurFarmstead28,540601890
12/10/2010Pennsylvania

AirparkHome-Remodel29,71122460
11/8/2010Hillsboro, OR

Holloway10,920200
11/7/2010Petersburg, VA

Building-Our-Lakefro...9,802110
11/5/2010Piscataway, NJ

SunburyGalena-Build9,065100
11/3/2010Galena, OH

BUILDING-OUR-GREEN-D...9,919800
11/2/2010Pattison, TX

RR-Homestead24,06031740
10/26/2010Janesville, CA

Casa-Paradiso-Vieque...9,880200
10/19/2010Chelsea, MA

Millerbuild11,1395110
10/1/2010Carstairs, AB

Delisledigs11,559300
9/16/2010Jacksonville, FL

h20dave11,392430
9/10/2010Waterloo, AL

Mountain-Idyl11,134900
9/9/2010Asheville, NC

High-over-Lake-Granb...14,62412230
9/8/2010Granbury, TX

Homestead36,01364850
9/8/2010Smithville, MO

philandjan12,996100
9/2/2010

Commons10,219200
8/21/2010Atascocita, TX

Our-First-OB-home10,611300
7/27/2010Gardner, KS

Louisiana-Mediterran...20,166311870
7/21/2010Sunset, LA

Crows-Nest9,890100
7/20/2010

Patterson-Project10,452400
7/16/2010John's Island, SC

Hidden-Meadow-Home12,4962100
7/13/2010Murrieta, CA

New-house-in-Selah-W...10,253140
7/4/2010Belfair, WA

Arnold-CA-Alpine-cha...20,98122100
7/2/2010Arnold, CA

Working-Wilton39,959343010
6/16/2010Wilton, NH

JJ-Residence9,664100
6/7/2010San Antonio, TX

Thompson-Valley-Home10,871330
6/6/2010Monticello, FL

Naperville-Webster-S...26,4482360
5/21/2010Naperville, IL

Gary--Suzi11,114100
5/7/2010

crystal-falls-home28,91220270
5/5/2010Cedar Park, TX

Kapoho-Retirement-Ho...10,941130
5/4/2010Santa Ana, CA

NC--New-Construction10,539100
5/3/2010

Collins-on-Cobblesto...11,53821910
4/30/2010Waynesville, NC

Dwight--Colleen-Hart...11,945130
4/30/2010Vaughn, WA

Riley32,90132950
4/29/2010Cave Creek, AZ

The-New-Ries-Homeste...14,94619980
4/21/2010Polk/Richfield/Erin/Hartford, WI

The-Season9,580130
4/10/2010Mount Airy, NC

The-Naas-Place10,089200
3/30/2010Pittsburg, CA

Phil-and-Lauras-home13,141400
3/20/2010Tulsa, OK

Southport-NC-Home17,609201281
3/18/2010Southport, NC

Loris25,079110
3/11/2010

Seaton-Station10,287140
3/10/2010Siloam Springs, AR

Backwoods-Project14,352390
3/4/2010Jeffersonville, GA

ICF-in-Ann-Arbor26,279293710
1/25/2010Dexter, MI

DancingPines11,033200
1/25/2010Clinton, LA

Log-Cabin10,632150
1/23/2010indianapolis, IN

The-Kinzel-House10,037100
1/21/2010New Orleans, LA

PahrumpProject17,1095390
1/17/2010Spokane, WA

TheBeachHouse14,68113200
1/16/2010Shoreline, WA

Artist-Haven-Home15,004970
1/13/2010Kansas City, MO

SOPHIA--SAMUELDELAWA...17,47411310
12/2/2009Smyrna, DE

Plant-City-Craftsman16,8804100
11/22/2009Plant City, FL

WestermanFarm11,499130
11/10/2009Dickson, TN

Shane22,584600
10/31/2009San Antonio, TX

ADCountryHome12,9141130
10/31/2009Fort Worth, TX

ICF-Keller-Tx51,272321220
10/6/2009Roanoke, TX

digs24,312100
9/30/2009Tracy City, TN

threegables21,463201340
9/29/2009Hartland, WI

LittleLakeCorner73,0321016040
9/29/2009Groveland, FL

Utah-Casa11,638200
9/28/2009Saratoga Springs, UT

Tornado-Reconstructi...11,088800
9/24/2009Port Neches, TX

toolehouse50,382891450
9/20/2009Reno, NV

Bobs-Blog53,065614140
9/16/2009New Florence, PA

Blessings10,249100
9/11/2009farmville, NC

Schrammelot16,0487900
9/11/2009Pierson, FL

PennsmithLostValleyT...35,938552150
9/9/2009Dripping Springs, TX

River-House10,684220
9/7/2009Clinton, NJ

SantaFe-in-AJ10,433100
8/28/2009Apache Junction, AZ

Dennis-Dream-Home30,143385050
8/27/2009Readington Twp, NJ

Massive-Undertaking11,5911100
8/26/2009Wimauma, FL

Lafayette10,345200
8/11/2009Cramerton, NC

Dream-site-on-the-La...11,130200
8/5/2009La Porte, TX

Williams-New-Home-Si...10,389110
8/2/2009Windsor, NC

Cobblestone-Lane10,473100
7/30/2009Great Falls, MT

PensacolaBeachHouse10,273110
6/22/2009Gulf Breeze, FL

12YEARSINTHEPLANNING10,926120
6/16/2009LADSON, SC

Steinys-Hideaway10,894200
6/9/2009Venice, CA

DreamHome29,550261900
6/7/2009Orlando, FL

CastleHeims20,81521590
6/5/2009Cedar Rapids, IA

Utah-Warehouse10,153220
5/20/2009Fairview, UT

Where-to-start12,492610
5/16/2009Lemoore, CA

Castle-Rock-Lakehous...16,40910840
4/27/2009Necedah, WI

Oleg26,056360
4/22/2009San Diego, CA

MoeCompound10,316340
4/9/2009Camano Island, WA

Huckleberry-Home10,386200
4/8/2009Williamstown, NJ

Vonk24,331100
4/7/2009Zeeland, MI

Small-Timber-Frame14,731110
4/2/2009Central Mass, MA

EatonLoch-Haven11,177110
4/1/2009Roanoke, VA

windowsnsiding10,246110
3/28/2009Long Island, NY

Arkansas-First-Timer25,95839880
3/27/2009Trumann, AR

Back-Home-In-Crisp12,470111510
3/22/2009Ennis, TX

Victor--Susan-0820,389211210
3/17/2009Ruckersville, VA

Rick-and-Tinas-dream...11,707120
3/14/2009Auburndale, FL

Keener-Road13,1024100
3/11/2009Elizabethtown, PA

NC-Newbie11,009100
3/10/2009Boone, NC

MadisonGA11,2181130
2/26/2009Madison, GA

Techbuilt-Scammed12,665100
2/25/2009Rebew, LA

choanne83110,264100
2/9/2009charlotte, NC

WilliamsinVegas34,071301190
1/29/2009Henderson, NV

PhilesBryant12,112260
1/20/2009graham, WA

MortgageSmart10,480100
1/19/2009Cocoa, FL

QuarterlyHouse58,023136990
1/12/2009Orlando, FL

RabbitRun19,833311690
1/11/2009Afton, VA

Sonave-Sunsets10,583120
1/9/2009Yucca, AZ

Heart-of-PA16,1949160
1/6/2009Lewistown, PA

Krusehome11,658200
12/27/2008Lake City, FL

BrunkHouseAlmaKansas15,680260
12/26/2008Garden Grove, CA

Raider-Bills-Tenn-Ho...14,6866320
12/22/2008Largo, FL

Andel-Ranch28,368334020
12/17/2008Rogers, TX

Elijahs-Home11,847460
12/6/2008Vero Beach, FL

ranch-house10,479100
11/25/2008springfield, IL

Howard-Georgia-Retir...16,136670
11/9/2008Harlem, GA

The-Woods-Journal11,353110
11/6/2008Doraville, GA

StansTLH16,0941090
11/1/2008Tehachapi, CA

Kevin--Kerrys-Dream11,624350
10/17/2008Northvale, NJ

Katabatic-Wind12,229470
10/16/2008Huntsville, AL

Elmhurst-Modern13,681120
10/14/2008elmhurst, IL

Accessible-House11,6593100
10/14/2008Munford, TN

Cherry-Valley-Vista10,712120
10/5/2008Duvall, WA

Jon-and-Mollys-House18,337150
9/25/2008Ellicott City, MD

Proctor-ICF11,786110
9/25/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Hawaiian-Bungalo18,123111020
9/23/2008Holualoa, HI

Pete--Rhiannon12,787430
9/19/2008Springfield, MO

2008-Cedar-Ln17,62914350
9/19/2008Seaville, NJ

dmaceld20,82814880
9/16/2008Nampa, ID

Help-with-Goulds-and...12,954100
9/16/2008tampa, FL

Consulting10,351100
9/2/2008Orlando, FL

AlaskaICFREMOTEHouse16,79819380
8/17/2008Wasilla, AK

NC-Pond-House11,822320
8/4/2008Wilmington, NC

MargaritaVilla11,443240
8/4/2008Raleigh, NC

Latest-update12,7248100
8/4/2008Sierra Vista, AZ

ANDREA11,326400
8/2/2008Dallas, TX

The-Ridges14,09911130
7/31/2008Logan, UT

Avenida-Del-Sol15,22413520
7/31/2008Peoria, AZ

dream-home-ohio11,378600
7/30/2008Zanesville, OH

Penetang-Craftsman11,018360
7/27/2008Penetanguishene, ON

Tristan--11,465600
7/25/2008Lebanon, NJ

Dreamy-Design-in-Glo...16,768100
7/9/2008Clifton, VA

need-help-Jim11,948110
7/8/2008Bandon, OR

deltona-fl-custom-ho...12,5404140
7/6/2008Deltona Beach, FL

Ingraham-House-Chape...11,790200
6/29/2008Cary, NC

famborgie10,699100
6/26/2008Lockhart, TX

95821-Addition21,9667140
6/24/2008Sacramento, CA

Cajun-Homestead19,10912930
6/22/2008Lafayette, LA

West-Texas-Ranch-Hou...12,901110
6/18/2008Andrews, TX

Quail-Bluff-Pasco12,7089290
6/10/2008Pasco, WA

Spyders-Web10,615100
6/10/2008Norman, OK

mike-and-tori-darnle...13,155510
6/2/2008Rainbow, CA

Lin-Washington10,643100
5/29/2008Fresno, CA

Capernall-House11,488420
5/15/2008Belleville, MI

Hidden-Valley-Texas10,781100
5/7/2008Southlake, TX

cosdreamhome41,455731470
5/5/2008Colorado Springs, CO

Sowle-Family-House13,280590
4/29/2008South Burlington, VT

Cyberdoc-Residence10,997200
4/25/2008San Diego, CA

Fortune-House11,007100
4/17/2008Mooresville, NC

Joeb28,883400
4/15/2008Oakland, FL

Alvin-House11,264200
4/14/2008LaPorte, TX

Thomas-Home--Raintre...21,324271800
4/9/2008Lee's Summit, MO

Greg--Kathys-New-Hou...12,254200
4/3/2008Barryton, MI

Where-is-Waldo28,38444830
4/2/2008Marion, OH

Nimmerrichters-Fores...10,104100
4/2/2008Waldorf, MD

Mayfield-House10,718100
3/31/2008Mayfield, UT

beamanhouse10,781100
3/27/2008Manistique, MI

Kanak-ICF--Virginia15,543900
3/26/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Sheldon-St15,394300
3/21/2008Orlando, FL

Bert-26,025310
3/20/2008Southern, CA

Our-Ohio-ICF-home22,05920270
3/20/2008Mansfield, OH

ericdc11,258310
3/8/2008Uniontown, PA

EurekaHouse-ICF15,1415150
3/6/2008Berkeley, CA

Superstition-Views15,459281600
3/6/2008Mesa, AZ

Blue-Springs-Project12,9458230
2/24/2008Broken Arrow, OK

Our-House10,613100
2/24/2008Miami, FL

httpownerbuilderbook...13,361830
2/19/2008Clayton, NY

JourneyBackHome10,445100
2/3/2008Oviedo, FL

Collier-Home12,906110
2/1/2008Little Rock, AR

DDs-ICF12,459330
1/27/2008New Smyrna Bch, FL

EurekaMT-Timberframe12,0711430
1/24/2008Augusta, MI

The-Larnerd-House13,5565210
1/21/2008Newport News, VA

Casa-Bella11,392100
1/14/2008Pueblo West, CO

Gordon-Lake-House15,42117510
1/3/2008Oakland, IA

STEPHANIES-DREAM12,59417570
12/30/2007Lower Burrell, PA

Florida-Waterfront-C...15,005310
12/29/2007PB, FL

6158-in-Montgomery-T...11,342410
12/23/2007Conroe, TX

ClearwaterHills13,761260
12/14/2007Paradise Valley, AZ

BobDonna10,033100
12/12/2007Sacramento, CA

AboveTheAppleTree10,007100
12/8/2007La Farge, WI

Casa-Nostra12,270230
12/2/2007Bangor, PA

Building-the-Dream-i...13,812700
11/29/2007Gladstone, OR

Ingram-Fleming-ICF-H...16,430480
11/29/2007Plant City, FL

inniagara9,503100
11/24/2007Niagara Falls, ON

SchnabelEstate10,627240
11/16/2007Avon, IN

WeAreBuildingAgain21,48427560
11/15/2007Orlando, FL

Lake-Pleasant10,588210
11/14/2007Erie, PA

Green-for-Dean10,596100
11/10/2007San Jose, CA

The-Ponderosa12,3748220
11/4/2007Perry, OK

FlagholeRoad10,670260
10/25/2007Franklin, NH

Beckynray11,831300
10/24/2007Powhatan, VA

Spicewood-TX12,316330
10/20/2007Austin, TX

Powderhorn24,232481760
10/4/2007Florida

Luray-VA-1stTimeBuil...14,896730
10/4/2007Luray, VA

kittyfhughesnet10,379250
9/27/2007Noblesville, IN

Scott-Family10,958100
9/25/2007Trinity, AL

Taking-the-Plunge13,4586180
9/18/2007Springfield, OH

RozBuildingAdventure10,829100
9/14/2007San Pablo, CA

Helpful-Tips11,931200
9/13/2007Encinitas, CA

Poplar-Creek-Farm13,8855250
9/10/2007Oakland Park, FL

TheWillemsHome21,6071750
9/10/2007Galloway Township, NJ

ComfortHome11,407200
8/30/2007Dublin, OH

10000-sq-feet36,40022260
8/26/2007La Habra Heights, CA

Bird-house12,5403400
8/22/2007Ithaca, NY

Circle-S_ICF_House35,867462640
8/21/2007Sparta, IL

New-England-Saltbox10,808100
8/16/2007Columbia, SC

RamblewoodatJeterFar...11,6276330
8/10/2007Kansas City, MO

Kraemer-Collinwood-H...11,228200
7/21/2007Delano, MN

BigOakBuilderTX14,853270
7/20/2007Wharton, TX

Johnson-Family-Dream11,068100
7/20/2007Normal, IL

19225-ROBERTSON-ST17,77014250
7/12/2007Orlando, FL

Thattle-Dew-Farm11,026220
7/12/2007Halls Harbour, NS

WindyJ15,00311260
7/2/2007Knoxville, TN

Vistoso-Green-Home12,322310
6/28/2007Tucson, AZ

Lewis-Chapel-House16,539200
6/25/2007Dunlap, TN

father-daughter10,571200
6/25/2007Loveland, CO

davewhite11,554100
6/24/2007Nanaimo, BC

NutmegWedgefieldOrla...12,540600
6/22/2007Orlando, FL

4600SF-Dream-Home-in...14,630410
6/19/2007Mooresville, NC

Coeur-dAlene-Idaho-H...12,407240
6/13/2007Coeur d Alene, ID

Tampa-Bay13,991490
6/10/2007Ruskin, FL

Dream-In-Progress14,430540
6/7/2007Shawnee, KS

todd-in-tullahoma10,940100
6/4/2007tullahoma, TN

TheOwens11,722300
6/1/2007Dickson, TN

Country-Cleaver11,853140
5/29/2007Springfield, IL

South-Dakota-Lake-Ho...12,1126110
5/23/2007Sioux Falls, SD

Gods-Home11,252200
5/18/2007Eustis, FL

hammock11,113110
5/14/2007Martinez, GA

Grove-St-Rocklin11,194300
5/13/2007Orangevale, CA

Gardeners-Delight12,022330
5/13/2007Norristown, PA

Newman-Family12,046100
4/26/2007oralndo, FL

do-over-house12,711200
4/25/2007Roseville, CA

Mountain-Building11,426370
4/21/2007Hiawassee, GA

Alaskan-Log-Home12,754120
4/15/2007Tok, AK

Warner-Dream12,946600
4/11/2007Astatula, FL

RehmannSchreiner13,93718150
4/2/2007Maple Grove, MN

outspokenbikeguy13,5804140
3/29/2007Sanford, FL

SmelltheForest35,878471480
3/23/2007Colorado Springs, CO

PolkCityProject15,2357110
3/21/2007Norcross, GA

DwaynePam12,091200
3/21/2007Normal, IL

cypressknoll11,146100
3/20/2007Palm Coast, FL

candlepower19,180241550
3/20/2007Lansing, IA

Team-Rosa12,015200
3/19/2007Springfield, VA

GLOUCESTER11,695120
3/17/2007Newport News, VA

Ohiodreamhome12,0794140
3/16/2007Reynoldsburg, OH

Gypsy-Love12,571110
3/12/2007Highland, NY

Forrest-Towne11,758220
3/10/2007Brinnon, WA

Dreams-Come-True11,021100
3/8/2007Glen St Mary, FL

Almost-A-Country-Gir...11,048100
3/7/2007Addison Township, MI

BrandonBuildingBlog11,812100
3/4/2007Layton, UT

SafecreteHouse13,080300
3/4/2007Raleigh, NC

newbie-12,195100
2/21/2007North Plains, OR

BuzzardsNest14,428310
2/14/2007Saint Lucie, FL

woodfamilyhome12,537200
2/10/2007Keno, OR

vegascastle11,856100
2/3/2007Henderson, NV

newsteel17,827100
1/28/2007Florence, SC

Dream-Home-200712,368100
1/27/2007Gwynn Oak, MD

DelgadosAdobeAbode12,754200
1/18/2007San Diego, CA

bobindeltona14,992250
1/14/2007Deltona, FL

Highland6412,475300
1/8/2007New Orleans, LA

SmallProjectSilverSp...17,8461020
1/7/2007Silver Springs, NV

BeehlerHome22,75311640
1/3/2007Kalamazoo, MI

eveningshade12,066110
12/25/2006Evening Shade, AR

Bruce in Petrolia, O...11,200120
12/21/2006Petrolia, ON

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Unfortunately I did not find your book in time for this house but we have it for the next one. It is a great book, full of useful information. Lots of it seems like common sense after you read it but I did not have the common sense to think of it before I read it.
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Marvin in McConoughey, OR said: The roof and floor framing, including stress and strain calculations, the tip-out bins under the built-in Redwood bookcases, numerous jigs and techniques to install the exterior rim bands on the slanted roof.  The bands are perpendicular to the ground, not to the plane of the roof.  Made jigs to help cut the cabinets.  Designed the plumbing system, snf the heating and air conditioning.  Used Kamm Effect mathematics to tailor the air conditioning register locations. 

Susan said: no landscaping, all natural on acreage, no lawnmowers, open half wall on staircase.  Large deck.
Ike in Edmonton, Alberta said: Very early adoptee of Rainscreen walls, high insulation in walls offset stads to prevent thermal bridging etc.
Frank in Bridgewater, NJ said: Not unique but different : 
encouraging subs to do their best work,  having get togethers w/ subs 
networking with existing subs


Steven in Colorado Springs, CO said:
  1. We taught the ICF guys a better way to stack that they were amazed they hadn't seen before.
  2. The electrical guys had  never heard of European Roll Shutters; we showed them the product and how to plan for them for future expansion.
  3. The solar power contractor had never seen a ground-mount system built with large PVC pipe; it turned out to be extremely cost effective and quite strong.

Brian in Dome-ville, central, FL said: none that I can think of.

Terry in Hayfork, CA said: Custom Vanity
Custom Deck Railing

Fred in Kingston, Ontario said: Ha Ha, oh to be so vain to think that.
Brooke in Burley, ID said: I asked cabinet makers if they had any dented, returned, or odds and ends cabinets. I bought them for 50% discount and put them in my bathrooms because I didn't really have a special "look" I was going for. I designed the house around the deals I could find like this. I also cut out as many middle men as I could and went directly to the manufacterer when possible.
Mike in Bonham, TX said: Using SIPS screws and plywood to brace off ICF blowouts for repour

LTanya in Virginia Beach, VA said: Tile on the wood stairsway that fills the area between each step level. Did the same for around the wood floors rather than molding. Instead of knee wall, I insisted on railings.
Mike in Marion, OH said:

When putting up window and door trim I took a scrap piece of 1x6 and routered a 1/4 inch around all four sides. When you hold the window trim up to the window jam it provides a perfect 1/4 inch reveal all the way around the window or door. This saved hours of time.

 


Bret in Rhome, TX said: bracket for lifting trusses with my JD front loader.
Brock in Walla Walla, WA said:

none that I can think of


Lisa in Groveland, FL said: Pre-cast  5" walls had an R7 rating upped this by double furring to create an air barrier and then added Fi-foil (Cost $600.00) this increased the walls value to R12.1  seemed a good common sense idea for little money and has helped us with the energy calcs getting them down too 4 7/8 tonnes so only one A/C unit was required.
Steve in Anthem, AZ said: The area above the garage was a big hit (kind of like an unfinished basemant)
Roger in Petoskey, MI said:

Took a stainless steal outdoor dog water dish which automatically refills and brought it inside by building a small area with a drain.

Recessed area above fireplace for a flat screen TV, placed an electronic framed mirror (turns to glass with touch of button) to hide it.

Conduits connect TV space to built in entertainment center.


Ken in Orangevale, CA said:

Water tanks use modified toilet tank valves to control inflow from artesian mountainside spring.

 


John in Port Republic, MD said: We placed the kitchen on the top floor and the living, i.e bedrooms on the 1st floor.
Craig in Green Bay, WI said: glass block wall for stair case (outside wall about 13' tall x 9' wide
curve in ceiling at height changes 8'9'10' & 11"
ect....

Definitely Dreaming in Hampton, VA said: not sure any of ideas were invented there.
Michael in Cave Creek, AZ said: We ran a 7 day work week with part timers at nights and on the weekends and the professional sub-contractors during the weekdays
Bob in Deltona, FL said: ROOM USE AND HOUSE FLOW / FOR CLIENT (OWNER) SPACE ORGANIZATIONAL PLACEMENT
Jeff in Provo, UT said: Kung fu project management ;-)
Phillip in Fayetteville, GA said: Nothing original.
Kari in Colbert, WA said: survival, patience, endurance...just kidding.
Mary in Yuma, AZ said: Nothing really, "borrowed" lots of ideas from custom homes.
Mark in Provo, UT said: Filled in a gully with free composted manure from a neighboring ranch for a very productive garden. Used available rock to ensure foundation drainage at no cost. Placed blocking behind walls from lumber scraps for drapes, hand rails, door stops, even a bedroom bicycle rack. Prewired for unusual things like a natural gas concentrator pump for car fueling in the garage. Put a "shoeshine pad" of tile in master closet to protect carpet. Wired for an air switch in front of kitchen island cabinetry to run disposer.

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Stopped by a turf yard on the way home from work and picked up just under two pallets of sod.  80+ yards.  I had no idea how heavy that stuff is especially this time of year when its fully wet and not dried out from baking in the sun.  I was afraid i'd break the axle on the trailer.  Stayed off the freeways and kept to the side roads running 35 or so.  Made it home OK and Sandra and I offloaded and laid it all.  It was of those amazing transformations, lik
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In my survey of owner-builders, total savings added up to an average of 35% on the overall cost of construction. On a custom home in today's market, this would amount to a savings of from $100,000 to perhaps half a million dollars.
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The Lady Who Got Five Bids

by Mark A. Smith

I recently heard from a reader, Kathi D. of Tucson, AZ:

"We are now pretty much settled in our new home. We love it here. Friends and neighbors (old and new) stop by to check out the house and are so impressed with the quality of the house and all that it has to offer. We really saved a fortune by doing this on our own. Our total cost (land and building) for a 3,700 square foot home (12 ft ceilings) with every extra you can think of (and more) plus a 1,200 sq ft covered patio, and a REAL 3 car garage (approx. 1,100 sq ft), and 4 acres of prime land, came in at $363,000. Our bank appraisal came in at $475,000. The bank appraiser commented that she had never seen a home with such fine finish work and quality features. She took pictures for herself. I, of course, recommended your book to her."

Kathi's house came in at $67 per square foot, not counting the monster garage and covered patio. General contractor costs for this level of construction would now come in at $150 a foot in her area.

One of her secrets was lots of subcontractor bids:

"You recommended three bids, but on some aspects like HVAC, I got five. Each time I got a new bid I got a lot more information. When I then talk to the next person, I can talk knowledgeably, and they respected that."

Of, course, to find five good subs to ask for bids, Kathi had to start with many more names. She profited by interviewing them in advance, occasionally turning up information that saved her money later:

"Interviews were very good for me informationally. For example, on the roof, one guy was going to include scuppers, like drains, and one wasn't. The latter guy said, they should be part of the HVAC package, because they are sheet metal. So I got on the HVAC guy, and got it for free even though it wasn't specified. By that move I saved $4,000 on roofing. There were 24 scuppers, on the flat roof home. When we started with the concrete foundation guy, he said they didn't include the bolts in their price. So, I called them back, and said some of the others have that, so they gave them to me at no charge.

Kathi kept good notes of her conversations and kept a list of questions and to do items in a notebook:

"The Owner-Builder Book was right about setting up the proper files, knowing where to go for things, and staying organized. Checking references. I became the form queen. We didn't track a lot of it on computer, but I carried a notebook with me. I wrote down the tasks and crossed them off, and went back through periodically to see that things were done. I kept my conversation notes there and could find things later that way. The book was a really big help."

When Kathi and her husband finished the house, he said to her, "let's get some more land and do it again." Is that in the plans? "I don't think so," Kathi says. "Now what he says every day is just "I love this house!"


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