GC’ing our own home

 It's not a Meghan and Mark blog unless awkward photos are involved

It's not a Meghan and Mark blog unless awkward photos are involved

You may have noticed that our site has been rather silent over the past month. That’s because we have been contemplating and figuring out how exactly we are going to build it, and equally importantly, how we are going to pay for it. After much deliberation, we have decided that we are going to take on the general contractor (GC) role of our build. It’s not something we were that keen to take on, seeing how are lives are more than busy as-is, but we see it as our only choice. It is the one thing that will dramatically cut costs for us (by at least 25%—if we don't screw it up). While we appreciate the service and value that a real General Contractors can bring to a job, it’s just not in the cards for us. Besides, we like to get our hands dirty.

It will be an invaluable learning experience for Mark, as the architect. Speaking of acquiring new skills as an architect, he has also taken it upon himself to draw up the structural panels that determine how our house will come together using a panelized pre-fabricated system. This is the step that has been stalling us and is what the city has been waiting for. Our house is deceivingly complicated and was causing some trouble for our builder. Rather than wait, Mark ploughed ahead. It was a worthy exercise to undertake by the sounds of things. Understanding the structure and where each and every truss is, he can see that moving a window half an inch to the left means that the house becomes significantly easier to build. He can then adjust the design accordingly. Neat stuff. Hopefully he’ll write about this.

So there you have it. We are the builders. Our blog will become ever the more fascinating. Now that the structural is near-complete, we should have everything the city requires for permit by the end of the week. We’re starting to get excited again.