The Six Phases of Building a New Home
It's important to figure out what kind of a budget you have to work with before we start the design process. Contact one of our preferred lenders from the "Additional Resources" section of our website or go with a Lender of your choosing.
This is the part where you bring all of your ideas to the table and we the project starts to take shape. Along the way, there are usually a couple of revision cycles that we'll go through. We also like to have the contractor involved during this phase to ensure we're designing within your budget. As soon as it's refined to your liking, full construction plans are created. A Structural Engineer is then hired to size all of the beams, joists and trusses for submittal to the city.
After the plans are submitted into the city, they are looked over by plan inspectors to make sure that they are compliant with the latest local and national building codes. This takes somewhere between 2-6 weeks, depending on the city. Revisions are then made to the plans as requested by the city if needed.
While the plans are in the city, the Contractor will meet with you and go over the final bid and cost breakdown on the house. You'll also be able to refine many specific things such as carpet and counter selections at this point. Your Contractor will also help you get all the necessary information that you'll need for obtaining financing of the project.
As soon as a building permit is obtained, the contractor can then start the actual construction of the home. This phase usually takes between 3 and 6 months, depending on the size of the project. During construction, you can be as little or as heavily involved as you want while your house comes to life.
When the home is complete and the final walk-thru has been done, your Lender sets up the closing with a Title Company and the permanent financing comes into play. As soon as the appropriate documents are signed, you are the official owner of the unique home that you helped design.