said. I helped build a room addition and a large house. The house took over 5 years to build.
The very nature of @Bdillon
's questions tells me much. It is clear that he/she is nowhere close to ready. Reading between the lines, this thread seems more about finding justification for buying tools, not identifying the requirements to fulfill a well-thought-out home building plan. I would advise Bdillon to do some careful introspection. Here are a few thoughts for Bdillon:
Learn a lot more about building houses. Read books. Take a class. Talk with people who do it for a living. Find people who built their own homes and ask them to tell you what it took to get it done - drawing plans, filing them and getting them approved, getting inspections, etc. (Hint: Bring a six-pack to share.)
Consider teaming up a contractor who will work with you to build your home, and give you some of the "subcontracts." Talk about which subcontracts you might want to take on. The problem with this approach is finding a contractor who would do that. They probably do not exist at all.
Hire a contractor to build the basics: Foundation, framing, basic plumbing, exterior, roof, etc. Once the shell is weatherproof, you take over and finish the job - do all the ductwork, electrical, insulation, plumbing, drywall, finish carpentry, etc. That includes getting the inspections approved, too. At some point early on, you secretly move in and live under primitive conditions while you continue to work. (DAMHIK - There were plywood floors and no insulation for a long time. I slept in a sleeping bag on a stack of drywall for years.) Finding a contractor who will do this may not that much easier. Who is legally responsible if you cannot get the house to pass final inspection?
Getting inspections passed is extra hard when you an owner/builder. Inspectors may or may not like contractors, but they hate
If you want a $5000 woodshop, that's fine, but be realistic about the reason you want it.