Michael has built, remodeled, and repaired thousands of homes throughout the U.S. over the past 17 years. He created Armchair Builder to pass his experience on to owner builders and homeowners so they could save money while building and maintaining their dream home.
Michael's Education: B.S. Civil Engineering The Ohio State University; MBA, Cleveland State University. Why is this important you say? His experience prepared him to effectively solve problems and create the most cost effective solutions to those problems. When building a new construction project, we want to use highly efficient systems, procedures and products to build the best home we can. This applies to any project whether it be a closet you are adding or a full custom home being built from the ground up.
Armchair Builder is THE site 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 and maintenance of your projects and BE the builder. From hiring good trades people to designing for maximum cost savings, we are here to help.
DIY: Sometimes it makes sense to do the actual work yourself...either because you can't find a good price or because you really like doing the work. So we will cover some DIY projects that will help you save even more money on your home projects.
But I don't have Time to Manage the Construction of My New Home: We will share with you different variations of involvement...some require a lot of time and others not so much. But if you decide to go with a full service builder, no problem, Armchair Builder will help you become a more informed purchaser. By learning more about the building process, you will be better prepared to hold your contractor or builder accountable. A new home is probably the biggest investment you will make...so you might as well make sure you get the best one possible that will last for years! Also, we can help you build your smaller projects (i.e. finished basements, garages, and additions) & help you maintain that huge investment with the least expensive methods.
You can trust us at Armchair Builder: We take pride in being a trusted resource for anyone thinking of building, remodeling or repairing their home. We will give you the truth...and hopefully help you save money and get exactly what you want.
Giving back: A portion of the proceeds from all products purchased from Armchair Builder will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. Why? Because we think everyone should have a place to call home...a place they can take pride in...a place they can make their own. We were able to donate 20% of our 2012 income from Armchair Builder to Habitat for Humanity.
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Disclosure Policy: Fact: We love helping people create the home of their dreams! Fact: By visiting ArmchairBuilder.com & Blog.ArmchairBuilder.com, you agree to use any and all advice and/or materials provided at your own risk. Building and remodeling homes can be difficult...if it wasn't, you wouldn't need our help. But since we can't be there every day to help...you may experience some problems along the way and as an owner builder, these will be completely your responsibility. Fact: The money saved and the pride you get by overseeing your project yourself is all yours! Fact: Armchair Builder tries to screen all websites and resources linked to from this site. However, because these are third parties, we do not control the content or the quality of services provided so by clicking on these links you agree to use these at your own risk and agree to hold Armchair Builder, it's contributors and officers, harmless for any problems that may occur after leaving our site. Information presented on this site is for educational or entertainment purposes only. You are responsible for your own actions and outcomes should you use any information found on this site. Fact: We sometimes receive products for free so we can check them out. When we talk about these products on this site we will always give you our real opinion...good or bad. We know you need sound advice so we would never endorse a product that we wouldn't use. Fact: Running and maintaining ArmchairBuilder.com is a costly endeavor (in both time and money). So, we look to offset those costs by receiving payment from sponsors and advertisers.