1. Step One: Preliminary Matters
After the Purchase Agreement is signed, but before we begin moving dirt, many things are beginning to happen. We will create a plot plan of your lot showing the location of the home on the property. The building plans will be submitted to the developer or architectural committee for their approval. Other plans will be submitted to the appropriate City or County permit office with our application for a building permit. The banks will require building plans and specifications for a property appraisal prior to closing of our construction loan. Also, at this time we will order windows, doors and brick. Due to the nature of government bureaucracy, it is not unusual for these processes to take two to four months.
2. Step Two: Design Studio
Within three days after the execution of your Purchase Agreement, you should schedule an appointment with our Design Consultant to finalize the selections for your new home. This appointment should take place within two weeks from the signing of the Purchase Agreement. A timely selection process allows us to prepare the necessary purchase orders to start the building process as fast as possible. Please refer to your Design Studio Addendum for complete details. Once all selections have been made, we will schedule a Plan Review with your Construction Manager to review all the details.
3. Step Three: The Foundation
This stage begins with the creation of a level pad site. Pad elevation is very critical in insuring proper water drainage away from the structure. Next, the house lines are staked out on the lot in accordance with the plot plan, and then the footing is dug. Next wood forms will be erected around the perimeter of the structure. These forms determine building size and finished floor elevation, another critical step in insuring proper drainage
4. Step Four: The Rough-In Process
After the forms are in place on the footing, plumbers will rough in all water and drain lines. The plumbers will run the main water, sewer, and gas lines to the appropriate tie in locations at this time. Upon the plumber’s completion and city inspection, fill dirt is brought in and installed inside the wood forms and leveled off approximately 4″ below the tops of the forms. Steel bars are installed through the footing. Any electrical lines that run beneath the slab are installed at this time. The footing is cleaned to insure proper placement of concrete and the full structure is treated with a warranted chemical termite protection. Another city inspection is done prior to pouring any concrete, and upon inspection the slab is poured and the forms are removed.
5. Step Five: The Exterior
Once the slab is poured, the house starts to go vertical. During this stage substantial progress is made very quickly. Block walls, headers, beams, floor trusses, and rafters are engineered to ensure proper structural properties throughout the dwelling. Many interior items and changes are left until the final stages of the framing process called “punch out.” Windows, doors, and fireplaces are installed and cabinets ordered at this time. House wrap is installed on the walls to protect your home against moisture penetration. Roofing is applied and the house is “dried in.”
6. Step Six: Mechanical Matters
After the roof is on, the plumbers will return to “top out” the home, running additional water and drain lines as well as vent pipes and gas lines. They also install certain tubs and showers at this time. All lines are pressurized to protect against possible leaks later on.
The HVAC ductwork is run throughout the house. Provision is made for return airflow to the air handler and also for the condensing units, which will be installed outside later on. Bathroom fans are vented to the exterior at this time.
The electricians will rough in the wiring for the breaker box, switches, receptacles, and lights. Heavy gauge wire will be run for the cooking equipment and air conditioners. Recessed light fixtures are installed at this stage, as are your cable TV and telephone outlets.
All mechanical trades will have their rough-in work inspected and then a frame inspection is done to make sure no boards have been cut or moved that could cause structural weakness. Upon all approvals, insulation is installed in the walls that will be insulated and in certain inaccessible ceilings. All holes in exterior walls are filled with polycell foam to maintain air tightness. Exterior masonry is normally installed about this same time.
At this time your personal builder will set up a pre-drywall meeting with you to make review the house before the walls are covered up and verify the location of all electrical receptacles.
7. Step Seven: Drywall, Trim, & Painting
Sheetrock drywall is installed on all ceilings and walls then taped, bedded and skimmed. Wall texture is applied where indicated. Trim carpenters arrive to install the doors, molding and mantle. Closets are laid out and installed to maximize their storage capacity. Afterwards these surfaces are tightly taped and the walls and ceilings painted. Exterior landscaping, sod installation, guttering and the pouring of concrete driveways, sidewalks, and porches may also begin now.
8. Step Eight: The Interior Finish
Kitchen and bathroom cabinets, countertops, tubs and showers are installed as well as tile floors and backsplash. Then plumbers will install fixtures and faucets. Next, electricians will install light fixtures, switches, receptacles, and appliances. Finally, garage door openers, security keypads, shower doors, mirrors, and hardware are installed to complete construction, all prior to the installation of wood floors and carpeting.
9. Step Nine: Final Detailing
After the carpets are installed, a detailed cleaning takes place our internal Quality Assurance Inspection is done by our Project Management Team where we punch out your home to make sure your home is in optimal move-in condition. Window screens are installed and final inspections take place. Your New Home Orientation walk-through also takes place at this time to show you how your new home works and how to maintain your home.
10. Step Ten: After Closing
Your new home has been constructed with hundreds of products found in nature and others that are man made. Many of these products have moisture inherently in them. These characteristics and the changes of seasons cause expansion and contraction in many materials. Therefore, you should expect to see minor cracking in drywall and masonry surfaces. This is perfectly normal and unavoidable as tons and tons of weight now sits where once was empty ground, and these surface problems are easily corrected with readily available construction compounds and sealants. Urban Perch proactive warranty program requires our warranty professionals to contact you approximately 60 days after closing and again 11 months after closing to make sure any warranty needs are properly resolved.
At this time, you should make special note to file for homestead exemption on your property taxes. This can be done as soon as you receive your recorded deed back from the mortgage company at the county courthouse.