Our Custom Home Process
Building a home can be stressful and overwhelming. Because of that, our team focuses on making the process as easy and painless as possible.
First, we'll get together for free consultation to make sure that we're a good fit and confirm that we can in fact help you reach your goals.
The first step in the actual construction process is getting the land ready for your new home. This includes clearing the area, digging trenches and making sure utilities are installed.
Your foundation will most likely be a slab made of poured concrete reinforced with steel rods. It will be sprayed with a waterproofing material and inspected by the city before framing begins.
In the framing step, the bones of the home start to take shape. Framing includes the floor joists, subfloors, studs that form the walls and roof trusses.
During this step, our crews will wrap the house to protect it from moisture.
Electrical, HVAC and Plumbing
Once the home is ready, subcontractors will start installing the home’s major systems, including plumbing pipes, electrical wiring and heating and cooling ducts.
Each of these steps requires sign-off from the local inspector.
Your home’s insulation needs will vary by climate, but in general, insulation will be applied to exterior walls, basements, crawl spaces and attics. Fiberglass, cellulose and foam insulation are all options.
Drywall panels are hung with screws, taped and mudded, and a spray texture is applied. Then the new walls are primed with paint.
Interior Finish Out
In this step, most of the home’s interior features will be added. This includes doors, baseboards, casings, window sills, stair balusters, kitchen counters and cabinets, bathtubs, vanities, and hard-surfaced flooring.
Interior painting and hardwood installation are sometimes done during this step, but they may be done later if there is risk of damage due to continuing construction.
Driveways, walkways, patios and final grading to direct water away from home will all be completed. Landscaping and exterior decorating happen during this step too.
With the house close to completion, toilets, faucets, light switches, heat register covers, the hot water heater, the electrical panel and the HVAC systems are all installed. Many of these items require another round of inspection.
Another task that happens in this step is the installation of glass fixtures like mirrors and shower doors.
Carpet and hardwood flooring are added in this late stage. Make sure to check with your builder on the status of your hardwood finishing process so you don’t accidentally damage them.
The Final Inspection
Once construction is complete, a final inspection will be conducted by a local building official. Upon passing, you’ll receive a certificate of occupancy, which gives you the green light to move in.
The Final Walk-Through
Before you move in, we require buyers to join us for a final walkthrough/onboarding session with your New Home Consultant to identify punch list items that may need to be repaired for the job to be considered complete.
Get excited because it’s time to close on your home! This process includes going through all of the final paperwork and signing your name (a lot!).
Don't forget to bring all of the paperwork you’ve collected along the way and your down payment.
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New Construction vs Renovating
While extremely rewarding for a very long time, building a custom home can be a complicated process, and it can take well over a year depending on the location, lot complications, size of the home and the permit-approval process.
Another option is to buy a home and renovate — you get a fresh and updated feel, faster and usually for less money.
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