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Owner Builder University - Free Home Building Classes

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Frustrated by your current home? Want a new high quality custom home? Home building doesn't have to be a mystery understood only by professionals. You will make much better decisions in building your new custom home when you understand how affordable, energy efficient homes are designed and built. The purpose is not to make you a carpenter, but rather to understand how carpenters and other professionals work together to construct your new home. 

The classes are fun and informative. Presentations move quickly. Lots of talk for the ladies and pictures for the guys. 13 Basic classes are taught by Dennis Celsor, a NAHB graduate master builder. Another 12 classes will take you on location to vendors who offer products for your new home. You get a behind the scenes view of how these products are custom made for your home. Classes are offered in Austin and San Antonio. Classes are also offered in Houston by BGCH Houston. 

***Choose a class on the calendar and fill out the form at the bottom to reserve your spot for that specific class. Please note whether the class is in Austin or San Antonio***

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Class Information

CLASS #1 Pre-Construction

  • Building Process
  • Home Site Selection
  • Permits / ACC
  • Energy Efficient Planning
  • Architectural Design
  • Financing
  • Budget / Specifications

CLASS #2 Foundations / Warranty

  • Geotechnical Soil Analysis
  • Site Conservation
  • Pad Preparation
  • Tree Preservation
  • Foundation Engineering / Installation
  • Structural Warranty
  • Energy Efficiency

CLASS #3 Framing

  • Framing Process
  • Framing Planning
  • Material Estimates
  • Beam Engineering
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Insulated Concrete Walls / SIPS

CLASS #4 Windows / Doors

  • Energy Efficient Windows
  • Energy Efficient Exterior Doors
  • Door Locks / Security

CLASS #5 Masonry / Roof

  • Stone / Stucco
  • Siding / Brick
  • Roofing: Tile / Metal / Composition

CLASS # 6 AC/Indoor Air Quality

  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Air Purification

CLASS #7 Plumbing

  • Plumbing / Water Conservation
  • Rainwater Harvesting

CLASS #8 Electrical/ Insulation

  • Electrical / Energy Efficiency
  • Home Theater / Surround Sound
  • Security / Alarm
  • Efficient Insulation: Cellulose / Foam
  • Energy Efficiency

CLASS #9 Drywall / Trim / Paint

  • Sound Attenuation
  • Drywall / Textures
  • Interior Doors
  • Trim
  • Painting / Staining
  • Indoor Air Quality

CLASS #10 Kitchens / Cabinets

  • Kitchen Design
  • Kitchen Cabinets
  • Bath Cabinets
  • Design For All / Universal Design

CLASS #11 Baths / Shower Glass / Counters

  • Kitchen Counters: Granite / SileStone
  • Bath Counters: Granite / Cultured Marble
  • Durable Flooring: Tile / Wood / Carpet
  • Stained Concrete
  • Shower Trim: Tile / Cultured Marble
  • Energy Efficiency

CLASS #12 Flooring

  • Tile: Porcelain / Ceramic
  • Wood: Engineered / Plank
  • Carpet & Sound Attenuation
  • Vinyl: Plank
  • Safety: Fall Resistance

CLASS #13 Appliances / Fixtures / Driveways

  • Plumbing Fixtures: Sinks / Faucets /Toilets
  • Electrical Fixtures: Fans / Lights
  • Energy Star Appliances
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Driveways / Stamped Concrete
  • Landscaping / Xeriscaping
  • Pools
  • Security Gates


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"I am most impressed about the energy efficiency. Summer and winter, my highest bill is $90, but the average is about $65 with the lowest being $35. My home in California could easily cost $400/month to heat or cool. Thanks for helping this all happen."

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