1. Develop a Plan
Step One in the home building process is to develop your plan.
Building with Kendall Homes you’re in control so your home can be as luxurious or as modest from our beautifully designed custom floor plans or meet with our architect and design one for yourself.
Once you have a lot and a floor plan in mind for your new home, it's time to take care of the logistics. This part is very detailed, but we will be here to walk you through the entire process.
First things first –Submit your plans, options and survey to start the bid process.
Finalize changes to plans and create allowances within your budget.
Apply for your construction loan. There are many different loan options. If you do not have a lender we will be happy to refer you to one of our lenders.
Once you have come to agreement with your builder it’s time to sign the Contract. Your contract provides a written agreement between you and your builder and indicates your sales price,specifications/options; allowances and changes that dictate how you want your home will be built.
Soil Samples are taken from your property and tested. The results will be used to design your foundation.
Your site will then be surveyed, property pins are placed, and plot plans drawn to show how your home will sit on the lot. Plot plans are an integral part of the process, providing valuable information such as the physical boundaries of the land, easements etc.…
At this point, a Pre-Construction Meeting will be set to finalize your plans and make any necessary changes.
After your plans are finalized, the soils report will be sent to the engineer who will design the foundation for your new home.
All plans will require HOA/ACC approval and requirements will vary by each individual home.
Building a home requires several permits - applications for all permits will be completed and submitted.
Septic system plans are drawn and sent to a registered sanitarian/site evaluator for design.
2. Site work & Foundation
Step Two involves performing initial work on your new home site and then laying the foundation for your new home.
Preparations must be taken to prepare your new home and ensure all necessary installations are made on site. Essentials like water and power are initialized from the beginning and your foundation is set to secure the framework.
Temporary power is installed using A T-Pole. Your electric meter is also ordered during this stage.
In order to build your new home, the lot must be checked and cleared to prepare for the pad to be built. Once our experts have cleared your lot, surveyor pins are located on the property.
Culvert pipes are set for proper water flow.
Now your new home needs a pad before the frame is set. The fill you select is ordered and distributed depending on where you want your new home to be located.
The pad must be compacted and tested to ensure adequate compaction rates are met.
The water and sewer applications are processed accurately and fees paid accordingly.
If you choose to have water well, it will be built during this stage.
Form boards for the foundation are set along the perimeter of your new home's slab.
A survey is required to verify the foundation will be at the required elevation levels.
During Step Three, your house begins to take shape and you can start to see your new home come alive during this phase.
The framing of your new home creates the structure.
Exterior items like sheathing and siding are installed next.
The windows and exterior doors you selected are placed in its proper locations.
Now for your roof, the decking is installed and felt paper is applied to the decking and the shingles are then placed on your roof. The house is now what we call "Dried in".
Plumbing pipes are run through the walls and attic of your new home and the water heater is installed.
Air ducts and units are placed in the attic for your heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
Next is electrical and we will doanelectrical punch walk thru with you and your builder to ensure proper placement and make final frame changes.
We will also start the process of installing your fireplace and wiring for the alarm system.
The builder then inspects the frame and mechanicals to ensure everything is properly installed, and makes any necessary adjustments at this time.
Before ordering your cabinets, we verify and measure them to make certain the dimensions are correct.
The insulation process is the last of this stage before sheetrock. Everything is inspected by a third party inspector before we sheetrock.
4. Sheetrock & Masonry
In Step Four, many of your interior items begin to be installed.
You will start seeing the custom designs you have chosen, and get a good feel for how the end product will look. Kitchen cabinets, interior paint, marble tops and flooring is all part of this step, where you will begin envisioning the outcome of your new home.
Once frame inspection have been passed, we can start applying features to your home. This starts with the brick, stone and stucco to the exterior.
The drywall will be completed once insulation is done--this includes hang, tape, float, skim and sand applications.
The texture you choose is then applied to walls and ceilings.
The custom doors, trims and cabinets you picked out is installed throughout your home.
Painting the interior walls is next. We use the colors you have chosen to begin prep, prime and paint applications.
Permanent power is installed by running electric wiring under your new home.
If your home will have a septic system, we install it during this step.
After cabinet installation, kitchen countertops and marble vanity tops are measured.
The last piece in this step is your custom flooring options. Tile for bathrooms and the kitchen backsplash is also applied.
5. Mechanical Trim
In Step Five, all of the mechanical details and trim will fall into place as we finish your new home.
We work diligently to ensure everything is installed properly, up to code, without blemish and ready for you to move in!
Your propane tank will be installed during this stage.
Driveway and sidewalks will be poured.
Fill dirt will then be brought in to backfill the foundation and for landscaping.
Outlets and switches will be installed to power the house.
Light fixtures will be installed throughout the house.
Toilets, plumbing fixtures and sinks will be installed.
Interior trim and shoe molding will be installed.
Hardware will be installed including door knobs, towel bars and rings, toilet paper holders, etc.
Mirrors and shower enclosures will be installed.
We ensure that every outlet and light in your new home works properly and to your liking.
Any paint touch-ups will be done before flooring is put in, including sheetrock patches.
Your home wouldn't be complete without heating and A/C being installed. This is where trimming and grill installation will be put in.
Your custom front door is often seen as a statement piece to your home. It will be installed and ready for use, and weather strip applied to all exterior doors
Rather you chose to have carpet or wood flooring, the finishing touches will be applied and installation completed.
The appliances you picked out such as your stove and refrigerator is installed.
There may be debris and dirt from building your home. In this final step, we will clean every aspect of it.
6. Final Inspection
In Step Six, you will have the opportunity to thoroughly inspect our work before giving your final approval.
A final survey is will be completed which shows all improvements that were made on the property
Kendall Homes provides a Quality Inspection walk-through after the builder is finished to ensure that your home meets our high standards.
The home will receive a Warranty Inspection and Final Grade Certificate
You will have the opportunity to walk through the home with your builder with a detailed checklist and point out any repairs or touch ups needed.
Your builder will make any necessary improvements and then schedule a Final Inspection with you where you will sign for approval.
Once the final inspection is complete, it is time to close. After closing, you will receive the keys to your new home!
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