August 2007 Building Community One Home At A Time
  Owner-Builder Advantage 
Enjoy your building experience! 
  Consumer Advocate, Tom LandisConsumer Advocate, Tom Landis, began his career as an apprentice carpenter working on small projects in his grandfather's wood shop.  He couldn't have done it without Grampa Herbert's help!
 
Tom says, "You start with what you know, gain confidence, expand your skill and knowledge, and then tackle bigger projects."
 
From Tom's most recent research of current articles, here are four current online articles giving you the Owner-Builder Advantage!
In This Issue
Small is Smart
Home Repairs, Scar Free
10 Quick Fixes and Cleaning Tips
Kitchen Remodeling Guide
Small is Smart
Start Small for Success!!! In Remodeling Magazine, Stacey Freed explains how professionals begin with smaller projects as a gateway to bigger jobs.  Small-scale projects are also a good way for the owner-builder to get hands-on experience before taking on a much bigger project.  Get this lesson from the professional builder: learn-by-doing.  After you've successfully tackled a smaller remodel job in your own home, you'll be better prepared for building your custom home.  READ ARTICLE.
Home Repairs, Scar Free
Journalist, Kristen GerencherIn the Wall Street Journal, Kristen Gerencher shares seven ways to avoid common injuries.  The number of do-it-yourself home improvers has jumped in recent years and the count of injuries resulting from consumer repair work has risen in tandem. But it doesn't have to be that way.  Follow Kristen's pointers.  READ ARTICLE.
10 Quick Fixes and Cleaning Tips
Edin Jarrin and Heidi Baker Edin Jarrin and Heidi Baker, the founders of BeJane, are dedicated to educating, inspiring, and equipping folks with the knowledge and tools they need to have confidence in home improvement. 
 
In their 10 Quick Fixes, they provide a few quickie repairs and cover-ups that you can do right now.  Start with these small projects before moving on to a bigger job!  READ ARTICLE.
Kitchen Remodeling Guide
Work with the Right ContractorIn This Old House, Marjorie Gage presents a 4-phase plan for getting the kitchen you want at a price you can afford.  Kitchen remodeling is at the top of homeowners' wish lists. It is also, according to attorneys general across the country, a leading source of consumer complaints. Recommendations from friends are the best place to start your search for a qualified contractor. But before you make a decision, keep Marjorie's 4-phase plan in mind. READ ARTICLE.
 
One more time...here's my best advice to gain the Owner-Builder Advantage: 
 
You start with what you know, gain confidence, expand your skill and knowledge, and then tackle bigger projects.
 
I couldn't have done it without Grampa Herbert's help.  So, find a mentor and enjoy your building experience!
 
Build Right.  Stay Safe.  Follow Your Dream.
 
Tom Landis
Consumer Advocate