We’re With You Every Step of the Way
Building a new construction home is exciting! Working with Watts Homes & Construction keeps the building process running smoothly. We keep the lines of communication open - so you stay up to date every step of the way. It's our job to make building your new home a great experience.
Read on to find out more about the typical phases of building a new construction home.
First things first. You'll need to select a home site. The site can be located in one of our neighborhoods, in another neighborhood, or on land you already own. The site and its natural features are important in determining the type house we can build.
Home Design & Pricing
Before construction can begin, you need a home design. Watts Homes & Construction has many "existing designs" in our portfolio to choose from. If you prefer, we can develop a custom design for you from scratch.
The initial meeting
We'll discuss your life as well as your thoughts and ideas about your new home. We work together to create a design that suits your specific wants and needs. We give the final design plan to our subcontractors and suppliers for estimating. You receive an estimate of the entire project to confirm it's within your budget.
With the financial aspects all in place, Watts Homes & Construction starts the permit process! Some of the required permits may include driveway, well, septic and the building permit.
With the required permits issued, we start the excavation process. The site gets prepared to install the foundation. We'll have concrete footings and wall forms installed and poured to creating your foundation. Once it's complete, it undergoes an inspection and approval.
Next up - Framing!
(FYI - Virtually every step in the new construction process undergoes an inspection and approval process.)
Framing and Rough Mechanicals
This part of the process moves quickly so you will see a lot of activity. Your new home starts to take shape now. The rough framing phase includes building and installing the floors, walls and roof trusses. We put the windows, exterior doors and roofing in after the framing is complete.
We enclose the exterior of the house and wrap it.
The plumber installs bathtubs, showers and begin piping.
The electrician installs electrical boxes for outlets, telephones, cable TV, light fixtures, smoke detectors, home audio, and security systems if applicable.
The Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning ("HVAC") contractor will cut holes in the floors and walls where heating and cooling registers will be located.
After framing and "rough mechanicals" are complete, it's inspection time!
Watts Homes & Construction will stay in contact with you throughout construction to keep you up-to-date on your home's progress. We'll also help you keep on track with your selections.
Before and during construction, you'll make color selections for the house. Some selections may include exterior siding, roofing color, shutter color and style, cabinets, countertops, flooring, appliances, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures and paint color.
Insulation and Drywall
In the next step we insulate the exterior and basement walls. When the wall insulation is done, the drywall is cut and hung. The drywall subcontractors tape the walls and apply mud. They need to complete several cycles of mudding and sanding to achieve a smooth finish.
After drywall is complete the ceiling insulation is installed.
While insulation and drywall are being completed, the exterior finishes are installed such as brick, stone or vinyl siding.
Depending on the time of year and weather conditions, exterior concrete for driveways, sidewalks, porches and patios may also be placed. In order for the concrete to cure properly frost must be out of the ground.
Installation of the utilities (water/well, sewer/septic, gas and electric) may also be put in at this time - depending on the utility company’s schedule.
With the drywall is complete the rest of the interior work begins. The hard surface flooring such as wood, wood laminate and/or tile are installed. Interior doors, baseboards, trim and cabinets are next. Once these items are in, 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
The end is in sight when you see us put your countertops in. The electrician, plumber and HVAC contractors return to complete the "finish 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. Your appliance selections are also delivered and installed.
After "finish mechanicals" are done carpet is installed. Paint is touched up and the house gets cleaned. Final grading, landscaping, lawn and sprinkling packages are completed if these items are included in the sales agreement (weather permitting).
The final inspection is performed by all necessary 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! We love being able to share in your excitement as we turn the keys over to you. We know you're going to love living in your new house.