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Build On Your Lot

Cantera Homebuilders

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Step 1: Find your Lot
The first step if not already done is to find you a lot.
As a Builder and a Realtor, Rick has the knowledge to help you find a great lot that you can build a home on in a cost effective manner.

Step 2:  Establishing Wants and needs
Rick will get together with you and your family to determine what type of home you want. You can look through existing plans or you can work with Rick’s Home Designer to create a custom home of your own. All of the things you must have will be decided here and added to the plans.

Step 3: Establishing a Budget
After completing your Plans and Specifications, a Budget is created for the home. After approval, this is used as part of the Contract Documents as well as the requirements to obtain a Mortgage. Sometimes a Budget is fixed as in a fixed contract or can be allowed to fluctuate if  a Cost Plus Contract is used.

Step 4: Finding Mortgage Financing
At the same time, Rick will help you find a Mortgage professional that can help you get approved for the purchase and construction of your new home.

Step 5: Choosing your selections
Now the fun part begins. You now get to add your own personality and taste to your new home by choosing all the colors and special features you want in the home. Rick has done many Model homes and has lots of experience decorating. He will assist you with your selections if  desired at no charge or you may at your option work with an interior decorator.

The Construction Process

Pre-construction
During the pre-construction meeting, you are invited to sit down with Rick to do a final review of your home plans, Specifications and Features. Together, you'll verify the placement of the house, review the blue prints, and find out what to expect during the building process. Once city and county permits are cleared, construction can begin.  Rick will remain your primary contact throughout the process.

Foundation
The foundation is the concrete structure that supports your entire house. The time required to build a foundation varies depending on your city's inspection codes and your topographic conditions.  Soil conditions,  topography, integrity of the ground, government requirements and the size of the home need to also be taken into consideration.   Ultimately, a structural engineer determines the best foundation system for your home. Then Rick and his guys sets forms, pours the foundation and installs rough plumbing. Before pouring, an inspection by the Engineer is completed.

Framing
The frame is the skeleton of your home. Windows and fireplaces are placed in the frame and, in some cases, wall paneling. This phase takes between 1 - 4 weeks. Rick does a thorough inspection of the frame at this time to ensure structural integrity and quality are up to his standards.    

Rough mechanicals
If the frame is the skeleton, then the rough mechanicals are the internal organs of your home. During this 1 - 3 week phase, air-conditioning, heating, ventilation, plumbing, and electrical wiring are introduced to the structure. If you've opted for any special security systems, central vacuum, or pre-wiring for your stereo and entertainment centers, installation takes place at this point.
Typically, you'll be invited down to the site for a "frame walk" or orientation to verify that all the options you selected are in place.

Inspection time
At this point , a through group inspection is done by an independent 3rd party City Inspector or another certified Building Inspector licensed by the State of Texas. During this phase, all of the major components of the home are inspected.

Interior and Exterior Finishes
This is the midway point of the building process. The finish is the skin of your home, including drywall, stucco, roofing, siding, concrete walls, the driveway, property line fences and all major interior and exterior surfaces.

You'll be invited down for another inspection. All of these finishing touches really help your house start to look like home. Countertops and cabinets are installed, the house is painted and stained. Tile is laid in the kitchen and bath, and any additional plumbing and electrical projects are completed.

Trims
Now the fun really starts.  During this two-week phase, you will begin to recognize the home you designed and imagine the future you'll create. The team installs faucets and sinks, light switches, towel bars, doorknobs and all of the small hardware you'll be using on a daily basis.

Finals
Workers wait until this final week to install some of the flooring in the interest of protecting your carpets and hardwood from boots, nails and dust. Any minor adjustments take place now, like window screens, drywall and paint touchups. The house is given a thorough cleaning and is ready for the final orientation.

Final orientation
After weeks of hard work and patience, it's time to do the final walk through. You gather with the same team from the pre-construction and inspect the premises.  Once all the walk-through inspections are finished, you are ready to move into and enjoy living in your beautiful new home!