The following is a general chronological list of building process stages. Each stage is color coded to designate whether it is the builder’s or homeowner’s responsibility, or both. Check off each stage as you progress. Remodeling, Renovations &/or Additions may include some of these steps. This is a General List to help those intending on hiring a Builder/Contractor. It is intended only for educational or helping purposes, no guarantees as to specific’s or individualized circumstances are implied or warranted. Pending circumstances of each individual project, or Homeowner involvement, these stages could flip/flop in order. As stated earlier, it is only for general use and is not specific in detail.
- LOT SELECTION
Choose a lot or rural land in the neighborhood you would like to build your new home.
- HIRING A BUILDER
It is important to choose a contractor who will respect your choices and preferences. Build a quality home within the time frame given. Offer in-house design-drafting services. Assist you in locating the perfect lot and design for your new home. Contact: E. Wayne Thomas Construction, 573-693- 1699
- FINALIZE LOT SELECTION
Purchase the lot or rural land. Have the Land/Lot surveyed by a certified surveyor, if this is applicable.
- CREATE PRELIMINARY PLANS
The builder and homeowner work together to create a preliminary concept plan. Design-Drafting must meet the general engineering standards of the building code, taking subdivision rules or covenants into account.
The builder will establish the specifications – essentially the list of what is needed to complete the home – and briefly discuss allowances and shopping for materials to generate a more detailed list or products to be installed.
- FINALIZE HOUSE PLAN
E. Wayne Thomas Construction finalizes the plans, this process can take some time pending the complexity of home and changes in plans that occur. E. Wayne Thomas Construction begins bidding out the job to subcontractors and suppliers. This typically take several weeks. If there are particular subcontractors that you prefer to work with, ask the builder up front. This is not unusual, but could affect warranty of products and materials.
- SELECTING PRODUCTS
E. Wayne Thomas Construction will assign an allowance to cover the cost of items that the homeowner will select, such as floor covering and light fixtures. That set dollar allowance is incorporated into the base price of the house. Pre-shopping by the homeowner is something that can assist the builder in setting an appropriate allowance in the budget. When homeowner involvement occurs at this stage with Pre-shopping it helps with budgeting issues and also helps streamline the construction process and timeline.
- SECURE FINANCING / SIGNING THE CONTRACT
E. Wayne Thomas Construction finalizes the contract documents and you sign them after you approve the final design and the Cost Summary Estimate your new home. Secure financing with your bank.
Once the contract is signed, the homeowner should “not” be required to provide the builder with a down payment. The procedure for payment should be based on progression payments, which should be billed and paid for through monthly progress billing. This billing is called “billing in the rears”. Meaning the homeowner is paying nothing upfront, but only for work that has been previously done. Other than special circumstances and/or special orders which require down payments from time to time. This should be covered in the General Agreement.
- LOT IS STAKED OUT
- BEGIN CONSTRUCTION
Site Work, Excavation and foundation work begins after plans are approved and building permits are acquired and posted.
- EXTERIOR & INTERIOR SELECTIONS
You will meet with the in-house design coordinator at our office to choose exterior selections – such as – shingles, siding, windows, colors, fascia, soffit, front and service door styles and exterior details, deck and patio design. Also assisting you with interior selections and review your design ideas. Selections include – Interior door style, hardware, baseboard, casing, cabinets, drywall texture, paint colors, staircase detail, fireplace, fireplace surround design, flooring and several other items.
- FINALIZE SELECTIONS
Finalize interior plans, including the kitchen and bath layout; plumbing fixtures and faucets; appliances; cabinetry and countertops; floor coverings and paint colors. Our design coordinator will guide you through the process.
The rough framing of the house is formed. Next the roof is framed and shingles are installed. Then the windows and doors are installed.
- ROUGH-IN OF MECHANICAL SYSTEMS, UNDER FRAMING, & SPECIALTY
The ducts, pipes, wires and other components of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are installed. Under framing of specialty ceiling/details/beams/etc. if any.
- WALK THRU
Choose locations with the electrician for – outlets, jacks, switches and electrical fixtures. In General, discuss multiple items and details for interior and exterior.
- INSTALL INSULATION AND SIDING / EXTERIOR DOOR FINISHES
- INTERIOR WALLS COMPLETED
Insulation is sealed in place with drywall. Drywall is hung, taped and finished.
- PAINT, TRIM WORK, FLOORING, & CABINETS
Wall texturing and painting is done. Stone, ceramic tile, wood &/or vinyl flooring is laid. Trim, including ceiling molding, baseboard, window and door casing, interior doors and decorative wainscoting is installed, then painted or stained. Cabinets and countertops are put in place.
- FINALIZE LIGHTING SELECTIONS
The design-coordinator will assist the homeowner with light fixtures choices and recommend lighting suppliers in the area and also on the internet. The design-coordinator will work with the homeowner to choose and purchase the light fixtures of their choice.
- LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Finalize the landscape design.
- FINISHING UP
Final installation of heating, air conditioning and other mechanical systems is completed. The concrete driveway is poured. Landscaping (weather permitting) gets underway. Carpeting, shower doors, mirrors and light fixtures are installed.
- DETAILED CLEANING
The grounds and interior are cleaned up by the professional cleaners.
- FINAL INSPECTION
Must have a final inspection for occupancy; in which no health or safety violations are found.
- CLOSING & OCCUPANCY
The builder receives final payment and the new home is officially your home.