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BY TIM FALL Published: January 23, 2010
A $320,000 house for just $250,000? A $180,000 house for $135,000?

Bob Brauderick said he even got a customer into a $790,000 house for $472,000.

He tells people all they need is some land, a floor plan, construction financing and then: "You build it.”

UBuildIt, which offers expertise to aid customers in acting as their own general contractor, has helped a few hundred homeowners build their own home in the metro area since 2007 when Brauderick first brought the custom homebuilding enterprise to Edmond.

"I’ve got 56 in some phase of construction right now,” Brauderick said, down from his average of 70-75 projects on the go at any given time.

Brauderick said that UBuildIt, headquartered in Bothell, Wash., provides the services and tools to take a customer’s project from pencil sketch to moving van parked in the driveway.

"We offer a very detailed planning process,” he said. "When you’re your own builder, it’s very important to be ready.”

Brauderick, a Bethany native who graduated from Putnam City West High School before heading off to Baylor University, has been active in homebuilding or remodeling throughout his career, along with a brief interlude as a seminary student in Oregon.

He opened Edmond’s UBuildIt franchise in January 2007 and rocketed that year to the top, earning the distinction of being the company’s No. 1 new franchise.

Again in 2008 and 2009, the Edmond franchise earned the No. 1 spot.

"My customers keep giving me the same two reasons why they like building this way,” Brauderick said from the living room of recent customer Rick and Sharron Wolf in Edmond.


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