Started by zimzum, May 07, 2006, 11:06:20 PM
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QuoteHmmm. Sing Log homes is located in Washington State. Rather a long ways away from upstate NY. Shipping may make even near perfect design and construction system un-affordable.(take a look at First Day cottages, if you absolutely want pre- or semi-pre-fab. They're at least in New England. And a couple of people here are building them, and, IIRC they have their own forum. The owner, David Howard, had a house in one of Alex Wade's books, what seems like a couple of eons ago.)http://www.firstdaycottage.com/
QuoteWelcome to the forum Zimzum! I believe Amanda was referring to Daddymem and myself regarding the FirstDay Cottage builders. Daddymem doesn't have time to be the GC and deal with the contractors so thats my job. So far it hasn't been too bad. Other than them not listening to me. We're in MA and to get financing we were required to get insurance and we also had to get licenses and insurances from the sub-contractors we hired. Our insurance cost was roughly $1600, I think thats a pretty fair trade off to be our own GC and not paying one 15% of the house worth. Check with different agents and see what rates they can get you but I'd start with what the bank requires you get. Different towns have different requirements even in banking. Do you have any experience in the construction business? Feel free to shoot me any questions/concerns you have about being a GC. Where abouts in NY are you building? I'm from the Massena area.
Quotemommymen how far our you living from the worksite?zim
QuoteMy wife and i our hoping to build a energy efficiant log home of about 1500 sq ft in upstate ny and our budget is gonna be about 150,000 dollars. with this budget we would have to do alot of the work ourselves and act as the general contractor. I was planning on doing all the woodwork + painting myself while subbing out the plumping, electric and the foundation work. Im planning on using // http://www.singloghomes.com/%20 Now comes the problem. i did a search on yahoo for being your own general contractor and this scared the daylights out of me// www.cwhba.com/build4.pdf#search='how%20to%20be%20the%20general%20contractor%20while%20building%20a%20home'%20 %20 i thought id have to get a few permits , hire the subs and all would be well. i didnt realize all the stuff with insurance, workmens comp and all. is this more the the avg person can handle or is this article more scary looking then it really is? After reading that , the dream of owning our own small sustainable home cabin built from scratch is fading!Any guidance in the right direction would be appreciated!zim