Construction Journal October 2003
Finally, we have completed, engineered plans! We had completely designed the house ourselves but needed someone familiar with the codes to put all the right language on them before submitting them to the county. That is what we hired Audrey for. Then, of course, we had to have an engineer do the structural calculations, this was Tony Castaneda. And then someone else completed the Title 24. So what was supposed to take four to six weeks took over four months.
The next snag is with the banking corporate world. We find out that we are a risk because we are owner-builders and have spent all of our savings on the property, surveys, design, engineering, etc. The bank wants to see $60K cash reserves, but needless to say, we have already spent it.