The process of building a home can be broken into three sections. First, you have the pre-building process. Second is the building process of your new home. Finally, you have the warranty process for your new home. Each one is very important, and we’ll be there to help with every step along the way.
The first thing we need to have is an simple information meeting. You don’t need to have a lot or floor plan figured out yet, that will come later. Contact us and schedule a meeting today.
Step 1: Identify a lot
If you don’t already have a lot, it is important to at least have a neighborhood in mind before thinking about a floor plan. Neighborhoods have certain requirements (called covenants) that will dictate the size of the home, the exterior materials used, the roof steepness (roof pitch), garage placement, etc… We also have lots on-hand, or we can help you find lots for purchase directly from developers.
Step 2: Choose a floor plan
Once a lot is determined, it’s time to look at floor plans. To make it easy, we have pre-drawn and pre-priced floor plans to choose from or modify. Feel free to review them here. If those don’t suit your needs, you can draw a custom plan or bring in your own plan. In any event, we can help guide you towards the perfect floor plan for you.
Step 3: Receive a bid
With Element Homes, you will receive a very detailed and accurate bid. Your bid will be custom fit to your floor plan and finishes. Producing an accurate, realistic bid will help you stay on budget during the build. The goal of this step is to give you a bid that includes the specs and allowances that you can actually stick to during the build, avoiding costly overages as much as possible.
Once the pre-build process is done, the fun can begin! However, building is only fun when it’s properly organized for you, the homeowner. To help with this process, homeowners have online access to all the details of their home. This site will lay out all the selections for your home, as well as deadlines for decisions, bids from suppliers, communication from the builders, and more. Also, it has a handy budget page that keeps you up to date on any changes that impact the price. This budget page will give you one-click access to see your contract price, overs/unders, and the current price.
During the building process, you will never make a decision without knowing the cost. After all, who goes shopping without knowing the price of what they are buying? This seems logical, but far too often homeowners are left in the dark about the impact of changes while building a custom home. Any change, whether adding a light or removing a door, will be detailed and priced prior to that change being implemented. You are always in complete control of your build.
During the build, there will be plenty of face to face meetings, on-site meetings, walkthroughs, etc. You may also visit the house as much as you want. Our goal is to make the building process an enjoyable and rewarding one.
After closing on your new home, you will receive a 1-year builder warranty. You will also have longer warranties from certain manufactures and suppliers, such as windows, shingles, siding, appliances, etc…. During the first year, feel free to contact us with any questions/concerns you have. Unlike other builders, you will not need to wait until the end of the year for service. If you have a problem we’ll handle it in a timely manner.