TOB 222 June-August 2021

‘The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.’

Wow, 40 years since the very first issue of The Owner Builder magazine hit the streets! As the third owner, I am extremely proud to have been part of the evolution of this publication. It has always been a team effort – staffers, advertisers, contributors, subscribers and readers – all working together to create and share this invaluable resource. Real stories about real owner builders. In celebration of 40 great years, this was a bumper 132-page issue.

It was therefore with a very heavy heart that I announced it was the final issue.
I had so hoped someone suitable would show up to carry on the legacy, but it was not to be. I absolutely HATE closing down; it feels as if I’m letting John and Gerry, Russell and Valerie – and myself – down! However, it is time for me to move on.

I’ll keep the website, blog, newsletter and social media going for a while, to share the more common useful information, like regulations, association contacts, etc. The full archive of issues in digital PDF format is available through the online shop. I have also uploaded all back issues to the National Library online archive, as I don’t want this wonderful record of owner building in Australia to be lost forever.

TOB 222 front cover

One comment

  1. Yes, I share your sorrow. Unfortunately, modern regulations make building your own a challenge. Even home renovations can be problematic. And many resources like building demolition yards offering good quality, cheap, recycled materials are almost nonexistent.

    I think this is the reason for Owner Builder’s difficulties.

    Wish you well for the rest of your life,


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