Build Your Dream House For A Song

Save 100K Or More When You Build Your Dream House

Five Ways To Save 20K Or More:
Go to Buy your land at a County tax auction

Buy your land at a County tax auction

I should say right up front that I actually did better than that. I bought seven acres of land and was able to divide it into two parcels. I sold the three acre parcel for more than I paid for the seven acres. Later, while I was writing this book, I learned about County tax sale/auctions, and I bought a couple of parcels just so I could understand the process and then include this interesting topic in my book. See chapter 2.

Go to Live on your property while you build

Live on your property while you build

My wife, myself and our two daughters lived comfortably in this mobile home while we built our house and paid no rent. As you can see, it has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a nice kitchen and the pop‐out for extra living room space. I paid $3,000 and when we moved into our new home I sold it for $5,500. See chapter 6 for more information.

Go to Design you house around the materials you collect

Design you house around the materials you collect

I bought this complete kitchen at the end of a home show at a huge discount, then we designed the room around the kitchen, this turned out to be a brilliant idea and saved us tons of money. Lots more ways to save like this in chapter 4.

Keep the Design Simple

If you don’t have a lot of money then obviously you will need your house to be a reasonable size. I designed the house pictured here using a simple software program which sells for around $100, it has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. This house is about 1600 square feet. The software program also generates a list of the materials. At 2019 prices here in California the cost of materials to build this house is under $50,000. More information on the software and other things to consider in chapter 5

Do some of the work yourself

This is the biggest money saver of all. I had taken a few classes and learned some basics, but then I was lucky enough to hire John who was a family friend and semi‐retired, fortunately for me, he had a little experience also. Between us, we did about 90% of the work. I was able to get the building permit as an Owner‐Builder. Building my own house was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

About

David Cook

David Cook has been a ship’s hand, salesman, restaurateur, and the owner builder of his own million‐ dollar dream house. He was born in London and raised by his mother, grandmother, and two aunts. When he was thirteen, the family moved to Australia. At eighteen, with five dollars in his pocket, he left Brisbane aboard a Swedish ship headed for places unknown. Eventually he landed in San Francisco where he met his wife Marcia and decided to settle. Since building his dream house in Northern California, David has taught thousands of aspiring homebuilders his secrets to home ownership—truly believing that everyone should be able to live in a dream home he or she owns free and clear.

The Book

Build Your Dream House for a Song — and own it free and clear in five years by David Noel Cook is a different breed of self-help book. Instead of step-by-step instructions, it offers an extraordinary strategy for building the house you’ve always wanted-whether it’s a timber-frame retreat or a California contemporary. The author explains numerous tactics for saving tens of thousands, including how you can buy land for twenty percent of its retail value at tax-defaulted land sales, buy building materials at auctions for next to nothing, design for ease of construction, avoid paying rent while you build, and get the best help for the least money. Since building his dream house in Northern California, the author has taught thousands of aspiring homebuilders his secrets to home ownership-truly believing that everyone should be able to live in a dream home he or she owns free and clear. The author’s hard-earned insights could change the life of anyone who has ever yearned to live in a beautiful house-without a mortgage.

Contact David Cook At davidncook@gmail.com