Country-Tek Homes 10 Step Construction Process
We’ve provided this simple step-by-step guide to help you know what to expect when you work with Country-TeK Homes. We want you to be informed and educated about the process so that you can make the best decisions for your family’s needs. If you ever have a question or don’t understand any step, we’ll be there to help you through it all.
1. Step One – Preliminary Matters
After the Purchase Agreement is signed, but before we begin moving dirt, many things are beginning to happen. We will create a plot plan of your lot showing the location of the home on the property. The building plans will be submitted to the appropriate City or County permit office with our application for a building permit. The banks will require building plans and specifications for a property appraisal prior to closing of our construction loan. Also, at this time we will order windows, doors and brick. Due to the nature of government bureaucracy, it is not unusual for these processes to take three to four weeks.
2. Step Two -Design Center
Within three days after the execution of your Purchase Agreement, you should schedule an appointment with our Design Consultant to finalize the selections for your new home. This appointment should take place within two weeks from the signing of the Purchase Agreement. A timely selection process allows us to prepare the necessary purchase orders to start the building process as fast as possible. Once all selections have been made, we will schedule a Plan Review with your Construction Manager to review all the details.
3. Step Three – The Excavation and Foundation
This stage begins with the stake out of the house on the lot in accordance to the plot plan. We then do a site inspection with our excavator and foundation contractor to discuss schedule, elevations, and logistics. Foundation elevation is very critical in ensuring proper water drainage away from the structure. Timing is essential at this stage of construction as once we open the hole and excavate to grade we want to be sure the footing can be placed shortly thereafter. Steel bars are installed through the footing. A city inspector will then approve the footing prior to pouring concrete. Once the footing is poured, wall forms will be erected around the perimeter of the structure. These forms determine building size and finished floor elevation, another critical step in ensuring proper drainage. Once the foundation is poured, then it will need to “cure” for seven days before backfilling. Typically, however, work will be done to run the utilities to the house during the curing process.
4. Step Four – The Framing
Once the foundation is backfilled and materials are delivered, carpenters will begin the framing process. Walls, headers, beams, floor joists, and rafters are engineered to ensure proper structural properties throughout the dwelling. Many interior items and changes are left until the final stages of the framing process called “punch out.” Windows, doors, and fireplaces are installed and cabinets ordered at this time. House wrap is installed on the walls to help protect your home against weather. Roofing shingles are applied and the house is “under roof.”
5. Step Five – The Rough-In Process
After the roof is on, the plumbers will start to run the water and drain lines as well as vent pipes and gas lines. They also install certain tubs and showers at this time. All lines are pressurized to protect against possible leaks later on.
The furnaces are set and the ductwork run throughout the house. Provision is made for return airflow to the furnaces and air handler and also for the condensing units, which will be installed outside later on. Bathroom fans are vented to the exterior at this time.
6. Step Six – The Electrical Walkthrough
Once the plumber and HVAC contractor has finished their respective rough-ins, then we will meet with you to discuss your lighting and electrical preferences. We discuss light and switch locations, low voltage options, and we help make suggestions for planning for the future of your electrical needs. Typically, clients will make additions and/or changes, then a final addendum to the sale contract will be done to note these. Also, during this walkthrough, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss and ask questions with your Project Manager about any other components of the home – inside or outside.
The electricians will rough in the wiring for the breaker box, switches, receptacles, and lights. Heavy gauge wire will be run for the cooking equipment and air conditioners. Recessed light fixtures are installed at this stage, as are your cable TV and telephone outlets.
All mechanical trades will have their rough-in work inspected and then a frame inspection is done to make sure no boards have been cut or moved that could cause structural weakness. Upon all approvals, insulation is installed in the walls that will be insulated and in certain inaccessible ceilings. All holes in exterior walls are filled with polycell foam to maintain air tightness.
7. Step Seven – Drywall, Trim, & Painting
Sheetrock drywall is installed on all ceilings and walls then taped, bedded and skimmed. After several coats, the walls and ceilings will be sanded for a smooth finish. After cleaning, then the painters arrive to spray the ceilings and apply the first coat of flat latex paint.
Exterior masonry, siding, guttering and the pouring of concrete driveways, sidewalks, and porches may also begin about this time.
8. Step Eight – The Interior Finish
First, all of the hard surface flooring will be installed. Ceramic tile showers will also be completed at this time. Then the carpenters come to install all cabinetry, hang the interior doors and install all base, casing, sills, railing and any other millwork requested by the client. Kitchen and bathroom are installed as well as the backsplash. Then the painter returns to paint the semi-gloss enamel on all the trim and woodwork as well as stain any wood surfaces specified by the client. After that, the painters then apply their second coat of wall paint. Then plumbers will install fixtures and faucets. Next, electricians will install light fixtures, switches, receptacles, and appliances. Finally, shower doors, mirrors, and hardware are installed to complete construction, all prior to the installation of carpeting.
9. Step Nine – Final Detailing
After the carpets are installed, a detailed cleaning takes place and touch-up painting is done to make sure your home is in optimal move-in condition. Window screens are installed and final inspections take place. Your pre-closing walk-through also takes place at this time.
10. Step Ten – After Closing
Your new home has been constructed with hundreds of products found in nature and others that are man made. Many of these products have moisture inherently in them. These characteristics and the changes of seasons cause expansion and contraction in many materials. Therefore, you should expect to see minor cracking in drywall and masonry surfaces. Some are purposeful, specifically in concrete flatwork, to control the cracking. This is perfectly normal and unavoidable as tons and tons of weight now sits where once was empty ground, and these surface problems are easily corrected with readily available construction compounds and sealants. Country-TeK Homes’ warranty program includes a 30 day and an 11 month walkthrough along with a 24 emergency contact.