General contracting the construction of your new home is without a doubt one of life’s top 5 most stressful events. It is definitely not something that you should undertake unless you are ready to give it 110%. My friend chudi ejekam personally knows a few couples who tried building their own home and were sent over the edge and right into divorce court because of their dream house.
Find Another Experienced Person
The first thing I suggest you do is find another couple that has been through the process, buy them dinner and pick their brain. Secondly find a community college that has a general contracting class and attend it. The instructor will be a great source for you to find, and to put you in contact with people who are or have been through the process.
If I can give you one catch phrase to remember, something you can go back to time and time again, it would be “Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance”. Plan, plan and plan some more, and then realize that despite all the planning you do there will be things that will still come up unexpectedly. For example, the building may not have access to the local sewage system, this may neccessitate the construction of septic tanks atlanta to take care of liquid waste.
Remember you are acting as the builder, so when unforeseen things come up, they are your responsibility to remedy. An example would be, the excavator is digging your foundation hole and hits a vein of black dirt or ground that is not structurally suitable for the foundation to sit on. He has to dig out an area 10′ square by 4 ‘deep. That means 1 more load of dirt has to hauled off the site, also a visit to the site by your engineer and 2 loads of 3″ rock to fill the hole and support the foundation. Add a contingency line to your budget.
Decide everything you can before you begin the actual construction process. Make all your material selections before you begin construction. There will be enough decisions to make once construction begins. Be aware the time of year you plan on actually building, and research what are normal weather patterns for that time of year in your region. You don’t want to be digging a foundation in the rainy season if you can avoid it, or having the framing members repeatedly soaked.