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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Section Title
Homebuilding and Renovation for Homeowners
T, Th
7:00PM to 8:30PM
Feb 22, 2022 to Feb 24, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
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Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $89.00
Section Notes

Students will interact with instructors and other students through Zoom and SMU's Learning Management System (Canvas). To maximize classroom instruction and your learning experience, we encourage the use of video and audio devices during the Zoom meeting, if available.

Registered students will receive individualized communication with further instructions to help you prepare for class.

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