A specially designed house plan for owner builders with a proven method to build it.

Doing What's Never Been Done

An Open Book Build

Home building veteran designs and builds the ultimate starter home and shares exactly how it's done.  The Open Book Build Kit includes the budget, schedule, quality checks, material lists, contracting kit...all of the tailored pieces  used to build this quality home at cost.  No's an open book.  It's perfect for the dedicated DIY'er or small contractor to build their own home.  

Major Benefits

No remodel tear outs, no shared walls, no huge mortgage....just a NEW designer home at an amazing price.  Why settle for a tiny home on a flat bed trailer when you can have a high quality, life size home with equity built in? 


Open Book Build takes care of all the upfront work to save future homeowners thousands of dollars on their new home.  About half the work to build a new home gets done prior to any dirt being moved.   Open Book Build shares all of this work with customers to give them a serious "jumpstart" in the house building process.  

A simple, affordable home that lives large, this home is designed for easy expansion as the homeowner's family and budget grows.  

Open Book Build will share additional DIY projects that owners can tackle after move in as time/budget permits to further customize the home and enhance their equity position.  

Home Highlights

The plan design itself focuses on affordable quality with a WOW factor.  The design has been value engineered for maximum build efficiency to make room in the budget for high quality finishes. 

It's a single story home with 9' main floor ceilings, modern open floor plan, hardwood floors in kitchen/family room, cozy stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen, 9' ready to finish basement, and open attic for storage.


The home features innovative products that meet the needs of today's young home buyers.  

The basement has been specifically designed to be finished when the homeowner is ready.  With two escape windows for bedrooms, tall ceilings to accommodate ductwork, and waterproofing/insulation/drainage to keep the space warm and dry, this basement can be completed later for as little as $15 per square foot for a dedicated DIY'er.

Open Book Build in 60 Seconds

Why Do We Need Open Book Build?

Housing Shortage

There's a huge shortage of quality affordable homes in America today. Open Book Build provides a new solution to this ongoing problem.

Builders Aren't Interested

When it comes to affordable new homes, builders and developers are currently focused on apartments and condominiums and are offering very few entry level single family homes.

Young Buyer Lifestyle

Today's newest homebuyers are choosing big experiences over big mortgages.  They're not interested in overextending themselves just to have a big house.  They want the house they want, but with money leftover to get out and live life.

The Open Book Build Kit

Material Lists

Estimates are great but actual as-built material lists are way better.   Many house plan companies provide estimated we provide actual material lists used in the build.  This means there are no "guestimates" with Open Book Build.

Build Schedule

The new home schedule shows how the house comes together from lot stake to final inspections.  This schedule includes the order of activities along with the duration of each including utility connections and lead times for ordering materials.

Complete Budget

This is the complete cost to build this specific home including labor and materials.  From foundation to final paint, the real budget includes all material, labor, insurance, etc.  Every cost experienced with the Open Book Build model home will be included in this as-built budget.

Informative Video Content

Video segments shot daily during the model home build out describe quality checks performed throughout the process, and showcase the products, services and innovations used.

Contracting Kit

The contracting kit includes the pro resources used to properly hire subcontractors to do the work.  This includes scopes of work and specifications, bid sheets, and a sample subcontract all tailored to building this particular home.  The owners can always choose to do some of the physical work themselves, but for those more complicated, specialty jobs, the kit provides the tools to hire the best subcontractors.

Other Essential Items

Also including in this kit is an important resource that ties all of the contents together so folks can better understand the whole building process.  We call this resource, Building a Home: A Step by Step Guide.  In addition, the Lot Purchase Guide provides a detailed checklist for reviewing any potential lots or land to build on.

The Launch Promotion

The House Plan

The Open Book Build house plan will be priced competitively with the stock house plan market.  The plan includes a complete set of architectural drawings with elevations, floor plan, cabinet layouts, detail drawings, foundation plan and future finished basement layout, all in an easy to use pdf format. 

The Open Book Build Kit will be FREE!

You read that right.  Free.  This is a package that an experienced builder takes weeks to create for a given home and would easily charge up to $10k and we are giving it away for free with the purchase of the house plan.  Why?  Because we want to help end the entry level housing crisis in's that simple.  

What's the Catch?

There's no catch.  As always, the copyrighted house plan purchase is good for the building of one house only.  Along with that limitation, we will only allow the Open Book Build Kit to be used once as well.  We're not looking to create professional home builders.  We just want folks to get into a quality home at an amazing price.


Phase 1:  Building the Open Book Build Model Home  - Groundbreaking for the Open Book Build model home is scheduled for September 2019 in Westlake, Ohio.


· We are currently identifying partners who are interested in this innovative entry level home solution in the U.S. market.  Specifically, we are searching for the perfect supplier to provide the majority of the material required for each new home.

· In addition, the completed home will include designer finishes to showcase innovative products, quality features and the home's livability. We are therefore also identifying suitable suppliers of these types of products.


· Suppliers and products will be featured in the Open Book Build Model Home and highlighted during the media rollout.

· If you have a product or service that you think might be a fit for the Open Book Build Model Home, please contact us about sponsorship opportunities.

Phase 2:  The Open Book Build Complete House Kit hits the market!


· After completing our first Model Home, the product (house) is ready to replicate via Open Book Build Complete House Kits with our supplier partners handling all of the material needs.

Media Rollout

Open Book Build is such a revolutionary idea...we want to make sure we get the word out.  Here are just a few of our plans for getting the message out to folks all across America.

  • Press Releases - at the start of the project and at the end
  • Model Open House - open the completed home to realtors and the media 
  • Publications - we will be reaching out to real estate and home and garden publications that seek newsworthy topics
  • Professional video walk through will be created of completed home hightlighting quality products and features
  • Armchair Builder - we will be sharing Open Book Build with our current followers at (20k+ visitors per month), and including our 20k followers at the Armchair Builder YouTube channel

Interview with Co-founder

A short interview with Michael the co-founder of Open Book Build.

Still have questions?

Meet the Builder

Michael Luckado has helped countless owner-builders achieve the American dream since launching Armchair Builder in 2011.  There he provides pro builder resources to folks that want to build their own custom home.  Open Book Build takes this one step further in that a specific designer plan is provided and includes the complete professional package used to build it.


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