First Things First, Understanding Basic Home Building
If you don't know much about building a brand-new house,
I would advise you to do some research and as much research as you could
possibly do before you start building the home. Building a new home
isn't the same thing as purchasing a car or raising children. Home
building can be your worst nightmare if you don't have a basic
understanding of the process.
I've seen some pretty insane decisions made by homeowners and some of the more inexperienced home building contractors, that are trying to please the homeowners. One of the worst things that you can do is have an inexperienced contractor working with an inexperienced homeowner, building a brand-new house.
It all starts with planning. You've got to have a good plan and in order to have a good plan, you're going to need to have a basic understanding of the home building process. It would be hard to build a motor vehicle without any mechanical experience or basic understanding of automotive principles. I hope you’re starting to see a clear picture about how important it is to understand basic home construction principles.
If you do have a basic idea about home construction, it probably wouldn't hurt to learn as much as you can about other areas that you don't feel comfortable with. If you understand electrical and plumbing, but don't have a clue about house framing or sewer systems, and get a few books from your local library or bookstore that can shed some light on these topics.
It doesn't matter what you're doing, you need to understand the basics and if you're going to build a home, you had better make sure that you understand the basic principles and different phases of new home building.