New Construction Planning

PRE-CONSTRUCTION PLANNING

Let’s say you contact us to build your home. From that moment, we’re going to start asking questions to determine what it is you actually want to build.

Our goal is to determine three things:

1) Do you have a plan?
If you’re unsure where to start, just think through the basics — how many bedrooms, bathrooms, and how much square footage will you need?

2) Do you have property to build on?
If not, we can help you find property in the areea you are looking.

3) Have you secured financing?
Get pre-approved for a construction or home loan is a great way to determine your budget.

2. SELECTING YOUR HOME’S FINISHES
Once your plan, property, and financing are in order, we’re going to sit down and select all the the finishes for your new home.

Doors
Windows
Flooring
Lighting
Bath and Plumbing Fixtures
Water Systems
Heating and Air
Mechanicals
Insulation
Exterior Selections (concrete, stone, brick)
Interior Selections (trim, shelving, stairs, fireplaces)
Cabinets
Appliances

This process is very detail-oriented, and not every homebuilder chooses to do this before any paperwork is signed — but that’s why we’re different. Pre-selecting many of the finishes and features before the quoting process allows us to create an accurate, fixed-price quote before you sign a contract. This allows us to stay away from extra charges during the build because we priced all the features you wanted up front and not just standard type items.

3. QUOTING THE HOME BUILD
We’ll take all the information gathered in steps 1 & 2, communicate with our vendors and construction teams, and prepare a 15 to 20-page quote. At this stage it’s common for us to quote a ‘total price’ and a ‘total price plus upgrade options’ for things like better flooring or more energy efficient windows. That way, if you’re comfortable with the increases, you can still get what you want.

Once the quote is assembled, we’ll set up a meeting to discuss the document and (assuming there are no change-orders) get your sign off to begin construction.

4. TYING UP LOOSE ENDS BEFORE CONSTRUCTION
Once the quote is approved, we still have two things to finish up:

Finalizing Financing: Before construction can begin, financing needs to be 100% complete.
Final Selections: Before the quote was signed, you chose the products you wanted, now it’s time to make all your final selections including colors and finishes.

5. BUILDING YOUR CUSTOM HOME
Now, we can start building. Timing is hard to predict when you’re building a home from the ground, up — every step of the process depends on a ton of external factors.
While there’s a lot that has to happen during construction, here’s what you can expect:

Excavation and Sitework: depending on the condition of your lot, site prep and excavation could take anywhere from a couple of days to two weeks.

Laying Your Foundation:This will be one of three types — slab, crawlspace or basement foundation.

Framing: That is, putting up the entire wood structure and roofing. This is when your future home starts looking like a house.

Mechanical Rough-Ins: Our plumbers and electricians will run all the wires and pipes that reside in your walls.

Exterior Finishes: Installing the stone, brick, or siding that’ll make up your exterior walls. This stage of construction can start anytime after framing is complete.

Insulation & Drywall
Painting
Trim Material & Flooring
Mechanical Installations: The plumbers and electricians return to install things like light switches and bathroom fixtures.
Appliance Installation
Carpets
Final Touch-Ups

6. POST-CONSTRUCTION WALK-THRU’S
The first few inspections – or walk-thru’s – will be internal.

7. CLOSING ON YOUR CUSTOM HOME
You’re almost there. The finish line is in sight.

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