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Stages of Construction

By Ryan Waldron on September, 28 2017
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Ryan Waldron
Ryan Waldron

Chief Operations Officer
Ryan has 12+ years’ experience in construction, purchasing, and operations. He was recognized as the 2016 Builder of the Year by the Temple Area Builder’s Association.

Understanding the stages of construction to build a new home is the first step in ensuring you'll have a stress free construction process. Our team has put together this visual timeline to show you the key milestones in building a house. The construction process begins after you've signed your contract and funding has been verified - this is typically in the form of loan approval and can take up to 30 days after the contract is signed.

Depending on the size of the home, community specifications & location, the time required for each stage may vary.

 


Stages of Construction for Building a New Home


 

Job Release

Once a home has been released for construction, the plans are finalized, permits are applied for, and materials are ordered. Next up is the kick-off meeting - an internal meeting where plans, specifications, and selections are verified.

 

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This is also when the property is surveyed and the exact location of the home is determined.

 

Foundation

You'll start to see activity happening at your homesite within the next 4-6 weeks. The first steps are site preparation and setting form boards for the foundation.

 

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After foundation inspections are complete, the foundation is poured. Starting to see progress can be very exciting; however, this stage of construction is most susceptible to delays due to inclement weather.

 

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Framing

During the framing stage, your home starts to take shape.

 

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Once the walls are framed you can start to see the different rooms within your home, especially after the windows and exterior doors & trim are installed!

 

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At this point, you'll have a good feel for what your outdoor areas will be like and can start planning.

 

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Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing (M/E/Ps)

The systems in your home (heating & air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, etc.) are installed during the framing stage and may not happen in the same order every time due to scheduling.

 

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Once framing & M/E/Ps are complete, you will meet with your Superintendent for Pre-Drywall Orientation (PDO) to see all the inner workings of your home and Your Closing Date will also be scheduled at this time!

 

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Exterior

This stage begins with the installation of outdoor materials and ends with final landscaping. Depending on scheduling, certain items will happen before PDO, while others will happen at the very end of the process.

 

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Interior

By far the best part of the process, once the drywall is hung, you'll be able to truly visualize the layout of each room and get an overall feel for your new home.

 

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This is one of the faster moving stages of the construction process - each week that you stop by you'll see more and more progress as the colors & finishes you chose for your home are installed and the look of your home comes to life!

 

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Closing Prep

Prior to completion, each home is thoroughly inspected by your Superintendent and any items requiring attention are resolved.

 

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Once your home is complete, you'll meet with the Superintendent for Orientation to learn the ins & outs of your new home! 

Throughout the process, your Superintendent will provide updates on what has been complete and what is happening next - this is most often during Friday phone calls, but may also be a quick text message or email. 

 

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