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Owner Builder Education

Knowledge is vital.

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 of our webinars is not to make you a carpenter, but rather to understand how professionals work together to construct your new home. Scroll down this page to see the free webinars which are available now for your learning. Click the REGISTER NOW button for immediate access at your convenience. You will learn how you too can build your own home and save money.

All 39 original webinars are available to BGCH clients in a separate private area. Click here to access the client area.  Contact your consultant for password. Owner build education is accessible!

Webinars

Engineering For Your New Custom Home

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Why you don’t want to miss this webinar? You’re excited about building your new home, and you want it to be high quality and durable. What engineering should you have done? Foundation? Structural?  What about cost? Where do you find a good engineer? What about over engineering? Recommendations? BGCH has answers.

Webinar Topics:

  • Foundation Problems
  • Soil Engineering
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Structural/Windstorm Engineering
  • Truss Engineering
  • Septic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Retaining Walls Engineering

This fast-moving seminar with hundreds of pictures will give you a serious overview of engineering for quality and durability for your new home, showing you how to save money as you design a beautiful, quality, energy-efficient home.

by Dennis Celsor

Green Building and Energy Efficiency

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Why you don’t want to miss this webinar:

How do you prepare and plan for a new affordable energy efficient custom home? How “green” should you make the new home? Insulation? Air Conditioning? Solar? How do you get energy efficiency and still make it affordable? What does it cost? Built Green has answers.

Subjects to be covered:

Green Building

·What is it?

·Why? Why not?

Energy Efficiency

·Solar Orientation

·Air Tightness

·Attics

·Windows

·Insulation

·Air Conditioning

This fast-moving webinar with hundreds of pictures will give you a serious overview of the process of planning and building an affordable energy-efficient home.

The webinar will be taught by Dennis Celsor

Audio Visual & Home Automation for your new custom home

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What about audiovisual and home automation? Low voltage? Alarm system? Sound system? Home theater? Media room? Can I do some of this myself? How do I save money? BGCH has answers.

Subjects to be covered:

  • Structured Wiring
  • TV (RG6/ Cat6)
  • Phone/Data (Cat6)
  • Home Theater/Surround Sound
  • Speakers (Whole House)
  • Security Cameras/DVR
  • Alarm System (Burglar/Fire/Medical)
  • Home Automation (Lighting/Climate)
  • Motorized Shades

This webinar will feature  an interview of Charlie Crocker, principal of Ecolux Home Technology, answering all your questions about home technology for your new custom home. .

Hosted by Dennis Celsor

National Association of Home Builders

Certified Green Professional

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist

Graduate Master Builder

Designing the Kitchen for Your New Home

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Why this webinar?  The kitchen is the most used room in your home, so quality planning will result in more enjoyment for your family. It’s also the most expensive room in your entire home. Thus it offers the greatest opportunity for saving money.   

Topics to be discussed:

  • Getting Started
  • Universal Design
  • Basics
  • Kitchen Styles
  • Appliance Choices
  • Counter Space
  • Lighting

This fast-moving webinar with hundreds of pictures will give you a serious overview of the kitchen design process, showing you how to save money as you design a beautiful, quality, energy-efficient home.

The webinar will be taught by Dennis Celsor

Graduate Master Builder

Certified Green Professional

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist

Planning Your New Home

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Why this webinar? You have questions about how to get started planning to build your own custom home. How do you prepare and plan for a new affordable energy efficient custom home? Where do you get a plan? How do you avoid mistakes in choosing property? What does it cost to build? How can I find financing? What should I look for in a builder? Built Green has the answers.

Subjects to be covered:

Planning for Energy Efficiency
Gathering Ideas for a True Custom Home
Custom Home Design & Blueprints
Cost Estimating and Budgeting
Financing: Construction and Permanent
BGCH System for Saving You Money

This fast moving webinar with hundreds of pictures will give you a serious overview of the custom home planning process, showing you how to save money as you design a beautiful, quality, energy efficient home.

The class will be taught by Dennis Celsor

Graduate Master Builder

Certified Green Professional

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist

Build Your Own Home Construction Loans Scott Thomas Interview

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You won’t want to miss SCOTT THOMAS and his insights on the current mortgage market!

Scott has been featured on the cover of the New York Times as a mortgage rates expert and has been published and celebrated as the #1 top producing mortgage loan officer in the greater San Antonio area. He will be sharing valuable knowledge and insights as they relate to construction loans and mortgages for owner-builders!

This will be a round-table event where you will be able to ask your questions and get the answers that will help you make educated decisions about your upcoming construction loan with Built Green. If there is any chance of you starting your home in the next year, please don’t miss this opportunity.

Owner Builder Construction Loans for Your New Home

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Why this webinar?  Why do I need a builder-of-record? What about down payment? Private Mortgage Insurance? Do I need to pay off my land? Why do I need savings? VA construction loan? I can’t find a bank that will finance an owner builder construction loan? How many draws? How do bank draws work? How is the draw tied to the budget? Questions about how the loans work when you are planning to build your own custom home? Built Green has the answers.

Topics to be covered :

  • Vision and Goals
  • Target Budget
  • Bank Underwriting
  • Builder of Record
  • Down Payment
  • Closing
  • Draw Procedure

This fast-moving webinar with hundreds of pictures will give you a serious overview of the process of financing the building of your new affordable energy-efficient home.

The webinar will be taught by Dennis Celsor

Architectural Design for Your New Home

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Why this webinar? Excited about building your new custom home next year? How do you plan for a new affordable energy-efficient custom home? Where do you get architectural plans? Online vs Local? Architect vs Designer? What do plans cost? How long should it take to finish plans?  How do I prepare to meet with a designer? Built Green has answers.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Counting the Cost
  • Design Professionals
  • Beginning Concepts
  • Preparing to Meet the Designer
  • Design Phases
  • Universal Design

This fast-moving webinar with hundreds of pictures will give you a serious overview of the architectural design process, showing you how to save money as you design a beautiful, quality, energy-efficient home.

The webinar will be taught by Dennis Celsor

Certified Green Professional

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist

Graduate Master Builder

Upcoming Webinars

Planning Your New Home
Owner Builder Finance
Designing Home Plans
Kitchen Design
Bath Planning
Planning for Emergencies
Green Building and Energy Efficiency
Engineering For Your Home
Preparing the Building Site
Foundations
Structural Framing
Weather Resistance and Home Security
Windstorm Siding and Roofing
Windows
Exterior Doors
Plumbing
Heating & Air Conditioning
Lighting Electrical & AV
Masonry Stone Stucco
Drywall and Sound Attenuation
Interior Doors and Trim
Insulation and Pest Control
Painting and Staining
Cabinets
Floors
Countertops
Fixtures and Appliances
Driveway Solar Propane Landscaping

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