Building a new home is both exciting and scary. We are here to make the process as simple and stress free as possible! Here are the steps that you can expect to take when building a home with TBH.
1. Choose Your Floorplan
We offer many floorplans to meet a variety of needs. Whether you are a newly-wed couple looking to build a home to grow with your family, or empty nesters looking to downsize, we have a plan for you! Don't see the perfect plan to meet your needs? We can build any plan that you bring to us.
2. Personalize Your Home
Once we get the perfect floorplan for you, it's time to make the home reflect your personal style. The options for finishes are endless! Our one stop shop showroom displays everything you will need from siding to flooring and more! We will make these choices at a Selections Meeting. If we don't have something that you are looking for in our showroom, you are welcome to look at showrooms in the area to find the perfect finishes for your home. Don't worry, these selections do not have to be final! We use these to firm up your price and send to your lender. Selections can be changed using the client communication app CoConstruct. But more on that later!
During this time we will also make a site visit to determine the best location for your home and any improvements and clearing that will need to be made.
3. Finalize The Cost
When all of the personal touches have been added and the site improvements estimated, we will give you the final cost for your home. Once the plans and the price are finalized, we sign the contract and construction begins!
4. Lot Clearing and Foundation
If your lot is wooded, a clearing team will remove all rocks, trees and stumps to prepare for your home. Then the team will level the lot and begin the process for the foundation. Footings are dug and poured at this time. If your home is going to have a basement, the hole will be dug, footings formed and poured, and foundation walls formed and poured.
Once all of the concrete work is complete, it is time for it to cure. During this process no further activity will happen on your site. After the curing process is complete, waterproofing membrane will be applied to foundation walls.
1st Inspection: At this stage in the process is the first inspection done by the city or county your home is in. An inspector will come to the site to ensure that all foundation components are up to code.
5. Rough Framing
The framing is the shell of your home. Floor systems, walls and roof systems will be installed during this step in the process. OSB is applied to the exterior walls and roof. Windows and doors are installed. The OSB is then covered in house wrap to prevent liquid from getting into the house, while allowing water vapor to escape.
2nd Inspection: An inspector will return to your site at this time to make sure that all of the framing is up to code.
6. Rough Plumbing, HVAC and Electrical
Once the roof goes on, your home is considered "dried in". This means it is ready for all the things that make it function. Plumbing, HVAC and electrical contractors run pipes, ductwork and wires in the interior walls.
Sewer lines and vents are installed, and water lines are run for sinks, showers, bathtubs, toilets and laundry appliances. Large plumbing fixtures such as tubs are installed during this step.
HVAC contractors run ductwork for heating, ventilation and cooling systems. Insulation is installed to the floors, walls and roof.
Once all of the plumbing and HVAC pipes and ductwork is installed, it its time for the electrician to come in. The electrician will install receptacles for outlets, switches and lights and wire will be run from the breaker panel to each receptacle.
3rd and 4th Inspection: At this time, an inspector will come to your site to check that of the plumbing, HVAC and electrical work is up to code.
7. Drywall and Exterior Finishes
In this phase the drywall is hung and taped so there are no visible seams. Primer is applied to the walls to prepare for paint. Exterior finishes begin to be installed such as brick, stone and siding. Your home starts to take the look of the finished product!
8. Interior trim, driveways and walkways
Interior trim helps to start bringing all of the rooms together. Doors, baseboards, casings, window sills, molding and other decorative trim are installed. Your kitchen begins to take shape as cabinets go in. Vanities are installed in the bathrooms and mantles and surrounds are installed for fireplaces. The final coat of paint is applied and your home now has color and is starting to reflect your style and personality.
Outside, the driveway, walkway and approach are installed. Patios are formed and poured at this stage as well.
9. Hard floorings, countertops and finish grading
Hard floors such as tile, vinyl and wood are installed in this stage. Countertops are installed in the kitchen and bathrooms. Outside, the finish grading is taking place to ensure proper drainage and preparing the yard for landscaping.
10. Finish mechanical trims and bathroom fixtures
The process is almost over. Just a few more things to make your home move-in ready. Light fixtures, outlets and switches are installed in this phase and the electrical panel is completed. HVAC equipment is installed and registers are completed. Sinks, toilets and faucets are installed in the kitchen and bathrooms.
11. Install mirror, shower doors, finish flooring and landscaping is completed
Mirrors, shower doors and carpet are installed in this stage. The final clean up will take place, preparing your home for move-in day. Landscaping is finished by planting trees, shrubs and grass. All other exterior landscaping is completed
5th Inspection: The final inspection takes place to ensure that all loose ends are tied up and a certificate of occupancy is issued.
12. Final Walkthrough
The day has finally come, that you get to see all of the finishes and selections that you picked out come together. We will walk you through your new home to get you familiar with its features and operations. We will also take this time to explain your responsibilities for maintenance and upkeep, as well as warranty coverage and procedures. This time is also great for you to point out any items that you see need to be corrected or adjusted. It is much better to point out these things prior to move in.
Congratulations! Your new home is ready for you to move in!