Owner Builder Support Ideas

Examining support ideas for the owner builder will enhance knowledge and experience, but can education help? Well yes of course it can and there are many ways to upgrade your skills. From the TAFE sector, there are dozens of trade and tech courses available, some short, others year long, all valuable especially if you are lacking in building  experience.

There are great Cert 3 courses including plumbing, roof tiling, carpentry, bricklaying, technical engineering, building and construction, formwork, scaffolding, glass and glazing, drainage, owner builder compliance, site management, building surveying, plastering, tiling, concreting, painting and decorating, waterproofing and flooring. Any one of these will allow you to DIY or ably assist trade workers on site. And don't forget Project Management and WHS.   Explore this more here...    

Building forums

You will find endless opinion, experience, guidance and support ideas in your owner building pursuits when surfing the forums. 

Homeone.com OB forum


Renovateforum.com OB forum


Whirlpool forums


Build forum


Australian building forum


Woodwork forum


Ebooks, books, and magazines

Some solid reading can give fresh support ideas, show how systems work, solve future problems and help avoid mistakes.

Google these titles...

Successful Owner Builder and Renovator: Allan Staines

The Owner Builder: by Leeza Sipek; Matthew Sipek; Hazel Foote 

Be Your Own Builder: Kieth Schleiger

Building Your Own Home: George Wilkie

A Comprehensive Guide for Owner-Builders : 3rd Edition George Wilkie

Steel yourself: How to owner build a steel framed kit home; Michael Jenner 

Building Construction Handbook: Roy Chudley; Roger Greeno

Building Affordable Earth Sheltered Homes: Robert McConkey

Building with Earth: Gernot Minke

The Owner Builder Magazine: Pub; Linda Wilson

Timber Frame Construction: Jack Sobon

Building a Timber Framed House: Tedd Benson

50 Owner Builder Kit Home Building Mistakes: Michael Jenner

Building Sheds: Joseph Truini

Natural Timber Framed Homes, Building with wood stone clay and straw: Wayne Bingham; Jerod Pfeffer

The Australian Decks and Pergolas Contruction Manual: Allan Stains

How to build Cabins Lodges and Bungalows: Popular Science Monthly

Building with Masonry, Brick, Block and Concrete: K.T. Kreh

The Construction Project Management Success Guide: Andreas P

Earth Render: Alanna Moore

Plumbing Complete: Rex Cauldwell

Working Alone: John Carroll

Foundations of Concrete Work: Fine Homebuilding

Graphic Guide to Site Construction: Rob Thallon

Kit home building support

Some providers are better than others. Websites are the first port of call. Look for an OB support page, information on supplied building manuals and testimonials that have links to OBs willing to talk about their experiences. A phone or email link to the provider who can guide you through the more complex sections of the build is imperitive. 

This site has many OB support ideas: just click the Owner Builder Nav button at the top of the page or below and explore there too. 

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