How to Make Your Home a Better Builder

A construction company can’t be an architect unless you build it yourself.

It’s a fact of life.

But the more often you’re asked about building skills, the more common it becomes that you’re told, “I don’t think you should be an engineer.”

And yet, when it comes to designing and building homes, it’s still an industry rife with misconceptions. 

“Building an amazing home for your family is not easy,” says Richard Ochs, an architecture professor at Georgia Tech.

“You need to know how to build something with a lot of skill.”

The myths around home design are so pervasive that even when people are actually building their homes, the misconceptions are not always clear to others. 

In this piece, we will explore five of the biggest misconceptions surrounding building a home. 


It’s not necessary to have a degree in architecture.

Building a home isn’t necessarily a matter of degree.

It can be a matter, as Och and others have found, of having a good idea of what you want your home to be. 2.

It takes a lot more than a degree to be an architectural professional.

Building your own home is just one of the many things that you can do to improve your skills and improve your career.3.

Building a home is a lot like playing chess.

There are certain skills that are necessary, like the ability to play chess or learn the rules of the game. 


You can’t build a home in a garage.

If you build your own house, it will be a very different experience from any other home you have ever built.


You have to be a genius to build a house.

Building in the city is a challenge.

You need to understand the city, the laws of gravity, and the structure of the building.

Building from scratch is a different story. 

There are countless other ways you can improve your design skills and your ability to understand how the building is going to work, but the one thing you can never do is make yourself a master of everything. 

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