Like many here, I was born with an unhealthy desire to do things myself. It is in my DNA, it isn't gonna change.
This is NOT a post about the evils of the government deciding what/when/how I can do things on property that I supposedly own. That ship has sailed. Good or bad, it is the type of civilization that exists on this planet. Let's move on.
What I want to know is this. What is the most practical way for someone like me to be allowed to do the maximum amount of any particular building/remodeling job myself while working TOGETHER with the trades/inspector (as little as possible) rather than against them.
Specifically, I'm asking what are the best ways for me to find the right guy in the trade or approach a given tradesman to get them to agree to a contract job where:
I pay them for the time it takes them to "walk me through the job and tell me how they would do it". A mini-brain dump about the pitfalls and codes involved.
they go away and don't bother me.
I pay them for the time it takes them to come over and "inspect" my work and tell me what I need to change and how. He is on site for interim inspections from the county and he gets paid for all of his time by the hour.
After a couple iterations of the above, I pay them to "finish the job" and call the inspector to come approve the job.
Item 4 above would vary from job to job, but an example might be putting in a driveway...I do all the excavation and prep and gravel and build the forms and put in the rebar, yada yada, and then he and his crew order the cement truck and pour it and finish it. This is just an example with one specific trade.
So, is there a way to find such a contractor? Would just about any smallish contractor do this if I posed the job to them in the proper way? Are there some trades where this idea can fly, and others where there is no chance?
The question is posed mostly to the many tradespeople who frequent this forum, but I also would like to hear from any DIY'ers similarly afflicted who have found a workable path through this quagmire over the years.