I know one older lady, whom I rented a cabin from before, who's got no construction profession, no education, little money and grew up in a very poor family, plus she barely knows how to use internet. She managed to built 4 houses in her life. 1st one was build together with her husband (who also was not in construction and they used a kit to build 1500 sq ft home, doing a lot of work themselves), the other 3 she had done on her own, acting as own general contractor, and there're no issues with any of these homes (2 of them used kits).I have very little experience building but we're considering giving it a go. Maybe. I read a few articles on what to do...but I was still like, this seems like a lot and I don't know where to start and how not to get totally screwed. I've seen people get screwed with properties that fell apart within a decade after being built. These friends also had construction experience (but there were sometimes design problems).
Can't be that hard, even with all the major hurdles for building anything that were put up in the US... She built in rural few-restrictions jurisdiction, this really helps
I guess building something big and fancy will involve more risks.
The key is a good ground and correct foundation construction - soil engineer test/report and good foundation/concrete contractor are important.
I'd only want to build as own general contractor, having control over all the steps and subcontractors. If using a kit I guess important to research the reputation/reviews.