EDMOND — Rick and Sharron Wolf, with no experience in construction, with busy lives, have built two homes for themselves.
They worked with UBuildIt, the nationally franchised network that allows individuals to act as their own contractors on home building and remodeling projects.
Rick Wolf spends about half of his time in China — meaning he’s not exactly available for a quick run to the paint store. And Sharron Wolf teaches science at Cheyenne Middle School in Edmond.
The first time around, she was even busier.
"I was diagnosed with cancer as we started work on our first house,” she said.
In 2002, with Sharron dealing from that shocking diagnosis and with Rick crisscrossing the Pacific on business, the Wolfs, who lived in Indianapolis at the time, signed up with UBuildIt to construct their own home.
The Wolfs settled in Edmond in 2006 when Rick was relocated by Carlisle Food Service Products.
At the 2007 Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show, they were thrilled to see the familiar UBuildIt banner at a booth operated by Bob Brauderick.
"I called to ask about a franchise, and in not much time at all I had worked out a deal,” Brauderick said, and before he knew it he had opened Central Oklahoma’s first UBuildIt location at 3209 S Broadway in Edmond.
The Wolfs, too, were ready to don hardhats in not much time at all.
The Wolfs found a lot, and began to explore what kind of house would fit there.
They turned ideas into designs.
"We wanted to reproduce the way the kitchen and family room flowed together in our first house,” Sharron Wolf said. The rest of the house — all 4,600 square feet of it — was laid out around that.
The Wolfs’ sketches became building plans with the aid of Jeremy Howell, designer, and Richard Steppe, engineer, both part of UBuildIt’s comprehensive design package.
UBuildIt bid out all the construction work to subcontractors, each of whom the Wolfs met and approved.