We’re With You Every Step of the Way
Building a new home is exciting and intimidating all at the same time. We at Watts Homes & Construction strive to keep the process as exciting as possible. One of the ways we do this is to keep the lines of communication open. We believe in keeping you up-to-date every step of the way.
Below are the typical phases of the construction process. Our goal is to make this experience as easy and pleasurable as possible.
In order to determine what we are able to build for you and your family, you need to speak with a lender. Your lender will be able to tell you how much you can afford as well as determine the type of loan financing you will be using.
After the loan amount and type is determined, you need to select a home site. The home site may be located in one of our neighborhoods, in another neighborhood, or be land you already own.
Home Design & Pricing
Before construction can begin, a home design needs to be selected. Watts Homes & Construction has many home designs in our portfolio, or we can custom design a home for you. At the initial meeting, we will go over your thoughts and ideas for your home and work with you to design a home that meets your needs.
Once a home design is finalized, the plans will be given to our subcontractors and suppliers for prices. An estimate is prepared to confirm it is within your budget.
After the home plans and price are agreed upon, the contract is prepared and signed. Once all of the documents are signed, you will need to give a copy to your lender so he/she can start the loan process.
Once we receive lender approval, Watts Homes & Construction starts the permit process. Some of the required permits may include driveway, well, septic and the building permit.
After the required permits are issued, Watts Homes & Construction will excavate the home site in preparation for the foundation installation. Footings and wall forms are installed and concrete is poured to create the foundation. Once the foundation is in place, a foundation inspection is performed. After inspection approval is received, it’s time to frame your home.
Framing and Rough Mechanicals
This part of the process moves quickly so you will see a lot of activity and it is where your new home starts to take shape. The rough framing process is when the floors, walls and roof trusses are built and installed. After the framing is complete, you will see the windows, exterior doors and roofing installed.
Once the home is enclosed, the plumbing, electrical and HVAC subcontractors begin their work. The plumber will install bathtubs, showers and begin some piping. The electrician will install electrical boxes in the walls and ceilings for outlets, telephones, cable TV, light fixtures, smoke detectors, home audio, and security systems if applicable. The HVAC contractor will cut holes in the floors and walls where the registers for heating and cooling will be located.
After the framing and rough mechanicals are complete, this phase of construction will be inspected and approved by the local governmental authority prior to construction continuing.
Watts Homes & Construction will stay in contact with you throughout construction to keep you up-to-date on the progress as well as keep you on track with your selections. During construction, you will be asked to make color selections that are applicable for your home. Some of the selections may include exterior siding, brick or stone, roofing color, shutter color and style, cabinets, countertops, flooring, appliances, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures and paint color.
Insulation and Drywall
At this point in the process, insulation will be installed in the exterior and basement walls. After the wall insulation is completed the drywall will be cut and hung. Seams are taped and mudded, with several coats between sanding to achieve a smooth finish. After drywall is complete the ceiling insulation is installed.
While insulation and drywall are being installed, the exterior finishes are installed such as brick, stone and siding.
Depending on the time of year and weather conditions, exterior concrete such as driveways, sidewalks, porches and patios may also be installed. In order for this to occur the temperature has to remain at a certain level in order for the concrete to cure properly and all frost has to be out of the ground. Installation of the utilities (water/well, sewer/septic, gas and electric) may also be installed at this time depending on the utility company’s schedule.
Once the drywall is complete all of the interior work will begin. The hard surface flooring such as wood, wood laminate and tile is installed. Then, interior doors, baseboards, trim and cabinets are installed. Once these items are installed, the floors, windows and cabinets are masked off so the walls, ceilings, trim and doors can be painted. After the paint dries, we move on to the finish carpentry and finish mechanical stage.
The End Is In Sight
It is now time to install countertops and the electrician, plumber and HVAC contractors return to complete the mechanicals. The plumber installs the water heater, sinks, faucets, toilets and all remaining piping. The electrician installs light fixtures, outlet covers, switches, smoke detectors and ties all of the wiring into the electrical panel. The HVAC contractor installs the furnace, central air conditioning, all duct work, piping and registers. Appliances are also delivered and installed. After completion of the finish mechanicals, carpet is installed, the paint is touched up and the home is cleaned. Weather permitting, final grading, landscaping, lawn and sprinkling packages are completed if these items are included in the sales agreement.
The final inspection is performed by all inspectors and a Certificate of Occupancy is issued.
Once everything is complete, Watts Homes & Construction meets with you to do a homeowner orientation of your new home. We familiarize you with the systems of your home and explain any routine maintenance that is recommended. Any items that need attention before move-in will be noted at this time and addressed. The cleaning crew comes in one more time before move in.
Congratulations – It’s All Yours!
It’s time to move in, so box up all of your belongings and schedule the movers.
Welcome to your new home!