Building A Home: Construction Stages

Mar 2, 2020

Congratulations on your decision to build a house! Working with a builder you trust, like Donnelly Developments, can make this one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of your life. After all, you’re bringing your vision of your family’s new home to life!

Here’s what you can expect over the next few months of the building process:

Initial Consultation
This is the stage where we sit down and talk about what you are looking for out of a new home. We will discuss your needs, style, budget, and area that you would like to live. We will show you floor plans from our collection, or help you find a plan online that can be purchased. We will also talk about financing and how our lenders can help you. This is an informal meeting but very important to set the groundwork for your build.

Finalize Budget and Plans
We will prepare an estimate for you based on the plans that you have picked out. During this stage, we will determine if this will fit within your desired budget. Once we are both happy with the budget, the price will be fixed, meaning that you will never pay us another penny unless you decide to add something to your house.

Obtain Financing
We have several local lenders that provide construction loans to help you build your house. You are welcome to use your own lender, but we highly recommend using one that we have built a relationship with. We will work with your lender to submit the budget for your house and ensure that this process is as smooth as possible. You will then have a “closing” with your lender and will be ready to build!

Permits
Once you have obtained the construction loan, you will be ready for us to get permits. Every jurisdiction is different, but you can expect to need a Septic Permit, Driveway Permit, Land Disturbance Permit, and Building Permit. This will take roughly 30 days in our local counties.

Construction
You have your permits and are ready to start the build! It will typically only take six months (weather permitting) for us to complete the home.

There are dozens of people working on your home, but this is the basic order of events:

  1. Grading and foundation prep
  2. Footings and walls
  3. Slab pour
  4. Framing
  5. Housewrap
  6. Roof
  7. Decks
  8. Mechanical rough in
  9. Septic
  10. Siding
  11. Exterior paint
  12. Brick/exterior rock work
  13. Walk-through
  14. Insulation
  15. Sheetrock
  16. Trim
  17. Interior paint
  18. Tile
  19. HVAC trim
  20. Flooring
  21. Cabinets
  22. Appliances
  23. Countertops
  24. Lights
  25. Plumbing trim
  26. Mirrors, shelves, screens, door knobs
  27. Walk-through
  28. Touch up
  29. Final clean
  30. Closing

Many of these stages will occur simultaneously, and some can be done in a different order, but this should give you a good idea of the amount of work that is being done on your home.

It can be overwhelming, but your Builder will provide you with weekly progress updates to keep you informed every step of the way.

Closing
You are now ready for the final closing! At this point, our construction loan will be converted to a mortgage and you are ready to move into your brand new, dream home.

If building a custom home is something that interests you, please reach out to your team here at Donnelly Developments to see how we can help you create a home that fits your needs, vision, and budget! Call us at (678) 708-7940.

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