Tim Benton

Professional Builder

I love to build.  I’ve been building since I earned my first state contractor’s license, over twenty-five years ago.  My experience has been primarily with single-family houses.  But I’ve also built a nine thousand square foot commercial building and some multi-family units. These days I am working as a home inspector in Huntsville Alabama (link).


Tim Benton, Professional Builder


I also enjoy helping friends with their own building projects.  I’m always glad to offer advice or help them find good contractors to work with.  That’s how I got the idea for this website.

I hope you’ll use this site to build a great house for yourself.  Yes, you can do it.  By using this website, you’ll know a lot more about building a house than I did when I built my first one.

I knew next to nothing about building.  I got advice from others when I could, but I learned about building primarily just by doing it.

Every page has a section for you to offer comments.  I hope you’ll be generous in posting your thoughts and sharing them with me and others.

Don’t forget to use the “Ask A Question” feature.  I’ll try to give you a personally written answer as promptly as I can.

Hive-Five! Good luck, and Good Building
And be sure to send me an email when you’re finished with your house.  To know that I helped you succeed in building your house would be great satisfaction to me.

I’ll send a cyber “High-Five” in return!

Good luck and good building.

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Rodney Ylagan
July 04, 2012
Votes: +13

Dear Tim,
I have been searching for articles/guidelines on "Building my house without a contractor" and this is the BEST I have found. It is so easy to understand and it is so comprehensive, it will be of great use. Thanks for being so generous in sharing your knowledge, experience and skills and for your time in putting this up.

I am planning to build my house in the next couple of years so I am preparing and planning early and I can follow this steps.

Lots of Power to you!!!
Best regards

Rodney Ylagan

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August 14, 2013
Votes: +4

Thank you for this awesome website! My husband and I are beginning the research process for home building: waying our options for community college courses, books to purchase, and online sources. Your website seems very inclusive. I look forward to reading ALL the sections. Thanks.

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Ric Calvi
January 30, 2014
Votes: +1

Dear Tim:

After renting in over-populated Southern California for 18 years, my dear wife and I (along with our 5 children) finally got up the gumption to take a leap of faith and move to NW Montana, to wide-open spaces and the dream of building our own home in the woods.

Well, after waiting for what will be 3 years for the right circumstances by the hand of Providence, we are geting ready to build our first home in just the kind of environment we've always dreamed of, this coming Spring/Summer! Your website has done so much to encourage us to stay focused on our goals. Thanks for all the work you put into this website. May Fod bless your eforts to encourage many others.

--Ric Calvi

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February 26, 2014
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This is an awesome website! I couldn't stop reading when I got started. My husband and I want to build a house and I want to be the contractor. Your website has given me such good information and the encouragement I need to know that I CAN do this. Thanks for all the time you put into your website. Also if you could suggest a good houseplan website I would appreciate it. Thanks again and keep up the good work.


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