Looking to build your own house?

Frequently asked questions

Don't I need a license?

Just as you can sell your own house as the owner, you can build your own house.  A license is required only when you are building for someone else.

Will I need to quit my job?

No.  But as a general rule, you should set aside an hour a day to dedicate to the project.  It also helps if you have a job that is flexible so you can deal with issues during working hours when they come up.

Don't I need a construction background?

It doesn't hurt to have a construction background when you build your own house.  But it's not required.  Michael has trained accountants to history majors to build homes and he says it really just takes a willingness to learn, the ability to ask for help when needed, and some problem solving skills.

Why Build your own house?


When you build your own house, you get exactly what you want.  You're not limited to a handfull of house plans or the small list of options the builder offers.


There's a huge sense of accomplishment when you build your own house.  Many owner builders are motived by the dollar savings but the sense of accomplishment becomes the biggest reward once their custom home is complete.

Save Money

Managing the building process can save you up to 25%.  If you also do some of the physical work you can save even more.  Cleanup, painting, trim carpentry,...are just some of the physical activities owners tackle themselves to increase savings.

Not sure where to start?

THE Resource for Owner Builders

You really can build your own house while taking on the general contractor role.   Our e-book, Building a Home, A Step by Step Guide,  gives you the same steps the pros use to build a quality home at the best possible price.  

From creating a budget and selecting the right lot to completing each major phase of construction, the process is broken down into easy to understand steps with tips and suggestions for getting the job done right.

Building a Home:  A Step by Step Guide is the ideal resource if you really want to save some money, get exactly what you want, and build your own house.

Written by a builder, this e-book shares tips and secrets for getting your dream home built under budget, per schedule, and with the utmost quality.

E-Book Details

  • 175 Pages
  • 53 Steps to build your own house 
  • 100+ Photos and Illustrations
  • Links to free pro resources
  • Download in minutes
  • Delivered via email  
  • E-book is in pdf format

All for just $9.99.

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What our customers are saying...

February, 2018  “Thanks for your very prompt reply!  I can’t tell you how grateful to you we are for your advice.” Mary G.

November, 2017  “I just finished building my own home and have really found your complete package to be invaluable…thank you.”  Mike D.

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May, 2017  “All of this material appears to be very well put together and easy to understand.  For this, I am grateful.”  Barbara W.

About the Author

Michael Luckado has built and remodeled thousands of homes throughout the U.S. over the past 17 years.  He created Armchair Builder to pass his experience on to owner builders so they could save money while creating their ideal dream home.

Armchair Builder is the brand for Owner Builders, in other words, people acting as their own general contractor.  Our goal is to give you the knowledge and resources to manage the construction of your projects and build your own house.  From hiring good trades people to choosing designs for maximum cost savings, you can do it and we're here to help.

Don't take advice from just any builder...get inside tips from a pro that cares.  You really can build your own house and this e-book can help you get started.

More info at ArmchairBuilder.com

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