Essential Advice for the Owner-Builder

Here’s what you, the owner-builder, needs to know about the planning and approval process before you build a house.



owner builder - approved stamp
What every owner-builder aspires to receive.
Photo courtesy of iStockphoto
owner builder - timber frame
This house in Maine is being built with timber frame construction.
Scott Vlaun
owner builder - unconventional projects
Buildings with alternative methods or materials — such as this straw bale house — may require some extra work to get building plans approved.
Bill Steen
owner builder - approval process
Getting any home plans approved is a process. The important thing is to start early and learn what's required.
Clark Snell
owner builder - straw bale house
This North Carolina straw bale house was buiolt with all the unique details the owner-builders wanted and was approved by local building officials.
Doug Keefer/Sage Builders











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