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First, let me begin by saying that I have never built a house. I have, however, lived in 2 homes that I had built. Also, I am a skilled in finished carpentry, tiling, plumbing, and can hold my own in general framing and electrical work. For over 35 years I worked in Information Systems (my day job) specializing in project management.
Here's the question. My son and daughter-in-law are planning to build a house. Since he works in HVAC and knows all of the reputable contractors in the area, they would like to build the house themselves. With my background in project management and limited experience with some of the construction techniques, I'd like to offer my services as general contractor (I'm retired now so I have the time). Since we can rely on the contractors to do good work I won't have to supervise them too much. Instead, I see this as a large project management exercise. Am I getting in way over my head? If not, can anyone recommend some reference material for building a home? Comments, suggestions, recommendations are welcome.