Too often, we find that those in the market for a new home have not properly prepared prior to shopping for a home or builder. Based upon prior experience, we now require receipt of a Pre-Approval Letter or Proof of Funds prior to scheduling of an initial consultation.
We provide initial consultations via online meetings. Once we receive your Pre-Approval Letter or Proof of Funds, we will contact you in order to schedule your initial consultation. Here is the information we will collect:
1) Street address for your build
2) Financing information
- Construction Loan, or;
- VA Loan, or;
3) Your budget
4) Your Lending Company as well as the lending company’s contact info
You can select one of the many architectural plans that we offer. Or, you can submit an architectural plan for our review.
We will work with you to finalize options, including colors, textures and features you desire.
Once a plan and options have been selected, we will be ready to prepare a Build Sheet which is used to calculate an estimated cost to construct your new home. Note that we require a retainer prior to commencement of the bidding process. This process can generally be completed within 2 to 3 weeks.
Once you accept the estimated cost to construction the home, we will present you with a formal contract and specifications, based upon an owner provided working set of construction drawings for the selected architectural plan. Documents are signed and we are ready to move forward once you obtain financing.
Typically, custom homes are constructed using “construction to permanent loans.” It is important to select a financial institution that specializes in these loans, since loan packaging and servicing during construction loans are more complicated than the standard 30-year mortgage.
Within the next few weeks, you should be able to close on your interim construction loan, and we’ll begin the processing and approvals of building permits.
The process of building a home has a lot of moving parts! We use Gantt Critical Path scheduling technology to ensure that every task is addressed, on time and on budget. Our use of high-tech management technology, combined with our in-depth knowledge of the construction process, ensures timely, cost-effective and quality construction.
You will be able to view the schedule details and a list of tasks being performed each day in our convenient app
We know communication with clients is an important part of managing each project!
Our app offers an easy-to-use communication platform that simplifies discussions and logging communications.
You can always reach us throughout the process — via comments and messages in the app or by calling a team member any time!
ON-SITE PROJECT MANAGEMENT
We have exceptional experience and knowledge about the process needed for proper home construction.
Your on-site project manager will manage scheduling, and work with our skilled craftsman to accomplish tasks in a timely manner
Your project manager is also responsible for quality control, inspecting the materials and craftsmanship of work performed, and guaranteeing a product that exceeds the industry standards
You will get regular progress updates through the “Daily Logs” feature in our app
While each home that we build presents unique opportunities and challenges, our goal is to help you understand the progression of the building process from start to finish.
The foundation is a critical element of the building process, and it must be done correctly to prevent problems further down the road. Your lot needs to be cleared and adjusted (i.e. fill dirt brought in, leveling, etc.) to address drainage needs to prepare the space for your new home. Next, form boards will be put up which serve as a mold for the foundation. After plumbing lines are put in place, the foundation is poured and you’ll be able to see your home’s footprint.
After the foundation has been poured and has set up, the form boards are removed and framing of the house begins. The frame of your home is the underlying structure of the dwelling. As the framing progresses, you will see the layout of your home unfold, and you’ll be able to identify different rooms, doorways, and windows.
Enclosing Your Home:
Once the framing has undergone inspection, we will begin enclosing your home. At this point in the construction process we will install exterior sheathing, shingles, the roofing system, windows and doors.
After the first inspections, we will invite you to walk through your home. At this point you will be able to visualize more easily what your dream home will look like. This is also the time that we talk about the placement of light switches, electrical outlets, etc. Walls and trusses will be framed, and the roof sheathing will be installed. Another framing inspection will also take place.
This is when all mechanical components and wiring are installed. It is incredibly important that everything be installed correctly, since it will soon be covered by sheetrock and will be much less accessible. This is also the time to install a home fire sprinkler system or home entertainment system. During this stage, plumbing and mechanical components will be roughed in. Venting, ductwork, a water heater, and the HVAC system will be installed. Any exterior finishes, such as masonry and wood, will be installed at this point, as well.
Inspections are a very important part of the home construction process, for they ensure that every element of the building is done correctly. After the foundation is poured and the framing is completed, an inspector will visit the site to view the progress. They will check the framing and the mechanical components of the home, making sure they are up to code and installed properly.
Insulation is a critical factor in determining your home’s energy and cost efficiency. When installed adequately and properly in your home’s floors, walls and ceilings, this relatively inexpensive product can save you large amounts of money throughout the life of your home, simply by preventing heat (and cool air) from escaping your home.
Once your home is framed and wrapped, and all the mechanicals have been installed, the sheetrock is put in place to form the walls. We will assist you in deciding the thickness of sheetrock you want to use, and if you want to use screws or nails to fasten it to the studs and joists. You may also want to consider what type of texture and paint to use on your walls to achieve your desired effect.
Once all of the major structural components have been installed, it is time to move to the more decorative details of the home. This includes cabinets and countertops, interior doors, flooring, fireplaces, moldings, staircase balusters and railings, and base and door trim.
As you approach the final stages of the home-building process, you will probably experience excitement, anticipation and maybe even a little anxiety. All of these emotions are understandable, because by now, you are seeing all of the hard work that has gone into the process take shape, and the final product, your dream home, is finally within reach. It is at this point that your home develops its personality through your choices of lighting fixtures, bathroom accessories and fixtures, window treatments and more.
This is your opportunity to inspect the quality of our workmanship, review the operation and maintenance of systems, point out any items that need touching up, and to ask us any questions about your new home.
Once we have completed a final walk-through of your new home, you are ready to move in. While we discuss warranties up front, this is also when we review construction finishes and details, along with all the appliances and equipment systems.