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    Another question. Are you putting in a storm cellar/tornado bunker?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gwill View Post
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    my new home warranty question was related to the finance side. Eblend touched upon some of the issues a bit... some banks won't fund your build when your not registering with new home warranty.

    Was curious what sort of extra hurdles there are to jump through when being your own gc or peace mealing the jobs out like he is from a liability side.

    If its as simple as not being able to move for 10 to 15 years seems straight forward.
    The biggest hurdle so far has been on the insurance side. During construction it's a good idea to get course of construction insurance, which is expensive, and requires some history in construction to get. My main broker was unable to find a company to insure me, however I went to a different broker and was able to find a company that accepted my previous DYI experience as sufficient experience to qualify. I actually found another company to do the same, both about $9700 for 18 months term. Not cheap but necessary. This insurance covers all materials and 2M in liability for the duration of the term + few other things.

    The other hurdle is basically figuring everything out by yourself, which can be fun and frustrating. So far so good I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by you&me View Post
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    I'm curious about the cost of slab construction vs. excavating a basement.
    Technically should be cheaper. The secondary dwelling will have a basement, so stay tuned, eventually I will find out


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    So, are the doors and openings absolutely enormous so that you can efficiently get all the gigantic shit in during the building phase?
    How is that different?
    Not sure exactly what this statement means. How is what different? Please elaborate.

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    Another question. Are you putting in a storm cellar/tornado bunker?
    Not in the house itself, at least not planned. I was thinking of making a concrete panic room from one of the bedroom closets, basically a concrete shell as walls to serve that purpose, but I'm really not too concerned about it. I am thinking of doing an underground bunker later as a separate thing, but mostly for fun, but could be useful if something does happen.

    The second dwelling is also planned to have a basement, so we can escape there if need be.

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    Looks cool, subscribed! What's the plan for the secondary dwelling's purpose? Guest house?
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    I meant that if the exterior walls, doors and windows are up before the interior is done, how will you get giant sheets of drywall and other large items into the house to finish the interior?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LilDrunkenSmurf View Post
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    Looks cool, subscribed! What's the plan for the secondary dwelling's purpose? Guest house?
    I think it was mentioned in another thread, parents or something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePenIsMightier View Post
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    I meant that if the exterior walls, doors and windows are up before the interior is done, how will you get giant sheets of drywall and other large items into the house to finish the interior?
    How exactly do you think houses usually get built? Drywall is 4x8. Unless he's got teeny tiny midget doors, there shouldn't be any issues.

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    Love the loft, 100% would turn that into a golf sim room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jutes View Post
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    Love the loft, 100% would turn that into a golf sim room.
    The loft is the art room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePenIsMightier View Post
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    I meant that if the exterior walls, doors and windows are up before the interior is done, how will you get giant sheets of drywall and other large items into the house to finish the interior?
    Yah, as others have mentioned, it's not really a problem. I can store those large skids in the garage and then bring them into the right room as needed. It's actually easier than a normal house, as a normal house would have walls in the way, I choose when I get those walls up, so I can move things into place before putting walls in if I wanted to. There isn't too much that won't make it through standard doors, or my 4 pane patio door.

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    Looks cool, subscribed! What's the plan for the secondary dwelling's purpose? Guest house?
    Secondary dwelling is for my aging parents for the time being. Long term might turn into a rental unit....and very very long term, a nanny suite to take care of our old asses. We plan to stay here rest of our lives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePenIsMightier View Post
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    I meant that if the exterior walls, doors and windows are up before the interior is done, how will you get giant sheets of drywall and other large items into the house to finish the interior?
    I almost kert rep'd you for this. hahaha

    This is awesome OP, thank you for making a thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eblend View Post
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    The other hurdle is basically figuring everything out by yourself, which can be fun and frustrating. So far so good I think.
    Good luck with it all. Looks awesome. Do you think you'll see significant savings by handling most of the contractors/quotes yourself?

    From what I ran into a few months back before moving quite a few of the builders I chatted with wanted a cost + type of build due to all the fluctuations happening on costs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jutes View Post
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    Love the loft, 100% would turn that into a golf sim room.
    Only 8' ceilings up there, so would only work if you are a midget

    Plan for up there is to split it into a closed area for a Japanese room with tatami mats and a kotatsu on one end of the loft, the other end a media room, and in the middle probably just open space for now, not really decided. This will be a future project, for now will just be an empty space.

    This is the idea more or less for the Japanese room, for those who aren't familiar with the idea.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cjblair View Post
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    How exactly do you think houses usually get built? Drywall is 4x8. Unless he's got teeny tiny midget doors, there shouldn't be any issues.
    True~ish. Normally the door and window openings are there which are a fair bit larger than the finished doors and windows that I'm picturing being done much earlier on this build. Maybe it is still just openings.
    And the more 12' drywall sheets a guy uses, the cheaper the labour.
    Anyway - I wasn't trying to say it would be insurmountable. Just a small issue that might come about.

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    Doors and windows always get installed prior to drywall though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by littledan View Post
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    Doors and windows always get installed prior to drywall though...
    Do they?
    I can picture a zoom boom with a skid of drywall up at a second floor unfinished window and guys inside the house unloading it into the house.
    You're still likely correct that the install won't take place until later, but the bulk materials have been loaded in through the larger openings.

    Anyway... I don't want to derail the awesome thread so let's everyone agree that I'm positively 111% wrong and move ahead with our lives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePenIsMightier View Post
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    Do they?
    I can picture a zoom boom with a skid of drywall up at a second floor unfinished window and guys inside the house unloading it into the house.
    You're still likely correct that the install won't take place until later, but the bulk materials have been loaded in through the larger openings.

    Anyway... I don't want to derail the awesome thread so let's everyone agree that I'm positively 111% wrong and move ahead with our lives.
    I'm not sure if you're serious about this or not. Even 12' sheets are 4 feet wide. Drywall always gets loaded into a house vertically on the edge so you can fit a ton of drywall through any space as long as you have 4 feet in height. In a place like this a drywall cart could be used to bring it into the house from the garage but most of the time drywall is hand bombed once the skid gets as close as it can. On new builds if the upstairs window isn't tall enough for the sheets to fit through on their edge they will either cut the OSB on the outside of the house or remove a sheet and load it off the boom between studs.

    When I did my basement in my previous house they used the boom to bring the skid to my basement window (with the glass removed) then came inside and hand bombed it into every room based on the count I gave them. In my current house they dropped the skid on my drive way then carried it around to the side of the house and hand bombed it through the window.

    In his house its about as easy as you could get. Drop the skid in the garage and cart or carry them into every room on the edge.
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    Things are starting to pick up. Yesterday the screw pile crew came out to start work on prepping for driving the screws into the ground. They did all their markings and scraped the pad down a bit for the frost wall insulation. Monday the piles go in!



    Screw piles, there are 45 in all for the building. The 2L bottle is there for size reference, these suckers are very beefy, much bigger and thicker than I imagined.









    This is the pile driver. Attaches to the excavator arm to screw the piles in



    Also today river rock was delivered for the septic field. This was only the one truck load, they went and came back again, but I wasn't there for that







    Next week things should really start moving. The septic field, electrical line to the house, water line from well to the house, and a ton of different conduits going under the pad. Bigger updates on the way!

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    Well the piles started going into the ground yesterday. They got one side of the house piled. These later get cut off, special brackets welded on, and walls built on.






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    Any idea how deep these piles go?

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