I know there are a lot of builders in the group and I am really impressed with the level of knowledge and sharing on this site.
At the risk of looking like a fool I am going to put this out there anyway.
I’m new to the industry and starting a energy retrofit on my house. After that I plan on purchasing other renovation properties as funds allow.
Not looking to make millions, I just like being creative and building things with my hands. And helping to create a comfortable, healthy, efficient home for people as a career is a dream I am chasing.
Want to do as much of the work as I can myself. As for better or worse.. I usually abide by the adage of if you want something done right you should do it yourself. In this case… mainly because I don’t think anyone is going to care as much about your house as yourself.
Plus I get way more satisfaction out of sweating out a project and standing back when it’s done than writing a check to someone else.
I have been trying to figure out ways to work on things in sections.
This worked out well recently as I completed about 1500 sq ft. of engineered hardwood flooring. I would work on a room. Give my back a break and work on another project, then come back to to it (I’ve been an electrician for about 15 years now and my body is starting to get a little finicky of repetitive work/postures)
My question is.. do you guys have any advice/guidance for a solo worker /help if required?
I have heard of carpenters that built spec houses during the boom by themselves.. so I assume it can be done…
Specifically I have been trying to figure out if siding (along with exterior foam of course) and roofing can be done in sections?
Are there any resources that you think would be helpful on this or any general thoughts?
I did find a book that I have coming from the library that may or may not be helpful:
Working Alone: Tips and Techniques for Solo Building (For Pros By Pros) by John Carroll
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