There is a good dose of satisfaction that comes from working with Clients who also choose to build their projects themselves. Luckily the projects are usually smaller, but they have unique requirements or design challenges. The satisfaction from working with an Owner-Builder is that they are very keen to understand the construction process. This can come in the form of a frantic call about the placement of concrete or a lively exchange about the availability of this material over that one, or the best price at places like Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, etc. I feel that I learn a lot about how I design and deliver my work to non-professionals through these projects - and also feel that much closer to the construction process.
To wit: the Artist's Studio to-be is shown below in all its current glory as it awaits delivery of SIPS panels.