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April 9, 2009

‘So you want to be your own ...’

Fairmont native gives ins and outs of building your dream house

FAIRMONT — Building your dream house should not be a nightmare.

Fairmont native Dave Rudy has written a book — inspired by his own experiences — on how to have your house built. from deciding what style and where to build to what to build with to financing to even legal recourse.

He will have a book signing of “So You Want to Be Your Own General Contractor: Do-It-Yourself Overseer’s Guide” from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Waterfall Cafe and Grill, 1601 Locust Ave.

“I will have a limited availability of copies I can sign,” he said. “But you can go to my Web site (soyouwanttobeyourowngeneralcontractor.com) to purchase copies.”

“My wife and I had no prior experience to prepare us for this monumental task,” he writes in the preface. “We are just your ordinary hardworking couple who had our dream house built while maintaining everyday careers. We did not perform the actual construction. Instead, we acted as the liaison between construction workers ... , salespeople, and of course, the bank. In essence, we cut out the middleman, taking on the overseeing and administrative duties of a general contractor. The information we obtained will help anyone contemplating being their own general contractor.”

He said he got burned a few times by contractors while he and his wife Linda were having their house of a lifetime built in Monongalia County.

“I told them I would write a book after all the money and time they cheated me out of.”

And he did.

“By being our own general contractors, we saved over $250,000,” he added.

That meant being the grown-up in the relationship ... organizing the workers, making sure things got done on time, applying for loans and permits.

“You are the big daddy money man, where all the bucks start and stop. And you are the overseer, the foreman, the superintendent.

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