Course Description

Before you begin major construction or a renovation project, gain essential knowledge and expert insights to ensure a successful, stress-free experience. Learn about building budgets, writing and reviewing contracts with building professionals, permits, inspections, and other aspects of construction projects.

Course Outline

PART 1: Construction, Design, Budget
Understand the roles, duties, rights, obligations, risks and relationships of the various parties in this brief but in-depth introduction to the homebuilding and residential construction industries.

PART 2: Contracts and Land Law
Review the legal components of homebuilding and residential construction, including AIA (American Institute of Architects) documents, Homer Owner Associations, zoning, building codes, and easements.


  • Online registration closes at 6 p.m. one day before the start of the class, unless noted on individual sections.
  • Late registration is welcome! Please contact SMU CAPE at 214-768-2273 for assistance.
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