How do I get started building a home?

Building a home can seem very overwhelming at first. We are here to help answer all of your questions about how to build a home and where to get started! 

When getting started 3 different clients come to us. The one with a vision, the one with a plan and the one with an architect. 

A client may come to us and have a vision for their home. They may know the style they like for their home and may have inspirational photos and want to know what to do next. We will meet with you and discuss what you have in mind. We have in-house architects, engineers, and interior designers so we are able to take a project from start to finish!

A client may also come to us and have an architect in mind that they would want to work with. We partner with several architects and can form a design build team with them. We will then facilitate the entire operation. 

Another client may come in and already have a set of plans. We will then price out the plans and begin the construction process.

After we have determined your initial needs we move into the preconstruction timeline. The first step is the design kickoff. This step falls into the pre-construction timeline in months 1-2. We determined your needs, if you have a vision, an architect, or plans. We will start to get an idea of what you want your home to look like by creating Pinterest pages and Houzz ideabooks. You will share your inspiration and lifestyle so we can come up with a plan perfectly designed to fit your everyday life. You will then be given high level architectural plans of what your home will look like!

We will then review the plans and specs. You will be given the preliminary pricing which is a cost estimate of the total price. Once approved, you can give the greenlight for the final plans.

Step 3 is the final stage of pre-construction. You will be given the construction contract to review and sign off on. A build team will be put together and introduced to you. We will go over the redline plans, which are architectural drawings that have been reviewed and marked with errors, changes and revisions. You will then be given the “what to expect packet” and we will go over any questions before construction begins.

Step 4 is the first stage of construction. You will confirm the location of your home, the height and the location of sitework. Then we will break ground and get started on excavation and foundation!

Step 5 consists of mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP). All cabinets and MEP will be marked on the floor. Framing and cabinet locations will be approved along with MEP locations. Low voltage electrical will also be approved. 

The next step is drywall! This is a very exciting stage as you finally start to see what your house will look like and are nearing the end of the process. All final changes will be made before drywall goes up. We will confirm all locations of MEP boxes. Exterior cladding selections and the insulation package will be approved. The drywall will be installed.

Now that the walls are up, we move on to finishes! You will be given samples of trim, paint, tile, and all the selections to bring your inspiration photos to life. You will then approve the samples, hardwood, stains, and tile. You will also approve of the driveway and landscaping layouts.

After all the final selections are made you are in the homestretch! This is the last 8 weeks prior to your move in date. Workmanship and all fixtures will be reviewed. It will be all hands on deck to get the final touches finished and have your home in perfect condition!

In step 9 you will then be given a final walkthrough of your new home. This is when you can let us know of any final changes to touch ups before you move in! You will be shown how to use all of your new products and features. We will provide a homeowner manual with all of the product information and warranties.

After step 9, your home is finally finished and the only thing left to do is... celebrate! We will throw you a welcome home party to celebrate the end of a wonderful project and to admire your home one last time before the punch list director handoff.

Building your dream home is a very exciting and important milestone in your life. We are here to not only bring your dreams to life but to give you the best experience along the way. At Homoly we strive to foster the family environment that we were built on. Creating lifelong relations with our clients and building your dream home is what we pride ourselves on.