Get to know our process from start to finish.
Prepare site & Pour foundation
The crew levels the building site then places wooden forms to serve as a template for the foundation. The same crew will then dig the footings to the proper depth. Once the footing is dug the plumbers will start on the ground job. Any plumbing that needs to go into first-floor slab will happen at this time. The crew will then backfill the wooden forms with sand. After the sand is in place a moister barrier is installed. The final step before pouring the concrete is to install the post tension cables and rebar to the engineer’s specs that we acquired during pre-construction planning. Since we incorporate post-tension monolithic slabs into all our homes, the footings and slab are poured at the same time. Once the concrete has started to cure the crew will remove the forms and begin coordinating step two.
This is where the home will start to take shape. Walls and roof systems are completed. OSB or zip board is applied to the exterior walls. Windows and exterior doors are installed. The zip board acts as a moisture barrier which helps prevent moisture from infiltrating the structure while allowing water vaper to escape. This barrier reduces the likelihood of mold and wood rot.
Complete rough plumbing, electrical and HVAC
Once the framing is completed and the roof and windows are installed the house is considered “dried in”. At this time ductwork is installed for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The plumbers will also start installing valves, roughing in water lines and adding gas lines where necessary. Bathtubs and all one piece units will be installed at this time. The electrician will run all wire through the interior walls, ceiling and attic while starting to install receptacles for outlets, lights and switches. Wiring for telephone, cable TV, security systems and home AV systems will be added during this time as well.
Insulation plays a key role in creating a more comfortable, consistent indoor climate while significantly improving a home’s energy efficiency. One main reason for insulation is its ability to resist thermal heat transfer. This is where the term R-value comes into play. An R-value is a unit of thermal resistance for a particular material. There are several different types of insulation. Batts, which comes in rolls, blown-in insulation and foam insulation. Each one serves a purpose in the home.
Drywall is installed and taped so the seams between the boards are no longer visible. After the mud and tape has dried the drywall is then textured. At this time crews also start installing exterior finishes such as stone, brick, stucco and siding.
Finish interior trim, interior paint, and exterior drive and walkways
At this time all interior trim including base, case, crown molding, interior doors, cabinets, window sills, and fireplace mantels are installed. The trim carpenter will finish out all closets and pantries at this time. Once all trim work is finished the painting crew will start the process of painting all interior walls, cabinets, and doors. When all exterior masonry work is finished it is time to form up the drive and walkways. The drive and walkways will then be back filled with sand and concrete will be poured.
Install hard surface flooring, countertops, exterior paint and shutters
All tile and wood floors will be installed at this time. Note: if the home has sand and finish wood flooring the wood floors would be installed during step 6 before other trim work has started. Also during this time all countertops will be set in place and installed. Exterior paint and shutters will be applied as soon as drive and walkways are in place.
Finish and install mechanical trims
Light fixtures, outlets and switches are installed and the main electrical panel is completed. HVAC equipment is installed and registers completed. The HVAC will be finalized and cheeked for proper operation at this time. Sinks, toilets and faucets are put in place.
Install mirrors, shower doors & finish flooring. Final grade & landscaping
Mirrors, shower doors and carpeting are installed. Also all the hardware, including door knobs, cabinet pulls and stops will be installed. Once all interior finishes are installed and complete the final clean will take place. The final grade will be completed to insure proper drainage away from the house. The sprinkler system, sod, trees, shrubs and other landscaping will also be completed at this time.
Final walk through
We will walk you through your new home and teach you about its features and the different operations of the various systems. We will also explain your responsibilities as a homeowner for maintenance and upkeep as well as go through our builder’s warranty. At this time you will be able to walk through your new home and “blue tape “or mark any cosmetic issues you might see. For example, paint touch up, missed cleaning etc. Any issues you find will be fixed before closing. Welcome Home!