The Construction Process
There are 9 distinct phases in the construction process.
At the pre-construction meeting, you are invited to sit down with your New Home Specialist and Builder to review your new Eastwood Home and introduce you to the building process. Together, you’ll verify the placement of your home on the lot, review the blue prints, and talk about what you can expect during the process. Typically, this scheduled meeting will begin at the sales office and conclude on site at the home site.
The foundation is the concrete structure that supports your entire house. Soil conditions are inspected and verified on each homesite, and your Builder performs his quality inspection prior to pouring any concrete. Once the municipal inspector has conducted his inspection and found the job to be in compliance with applicable building codes, the foundation is placed.
The frame makes up the shell and defines the interior room layouts, and along with the foundation, provides the structural integrity for each home. Eastwood Homes utilizes engineered components including roof trusses and floor systems in every new home. Framing may last two to three weeks. Once the exterior sheathing and roofing are installed and the home is “dried-in”, the rough mechanicals can begin.
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. Siding and masonry may also begin during this period. 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. The home is then ready for insulation and applicable municipal frame and mechanical inspections.
During this phase of construction, you will be asked to participate in a "pre drywall" orientation to verify that all the options you selected are in place. Any questions regarding construction up to this point can be addressed by the Builder.
This is the midway point of the building process. After drywall is hung in the interior of the structure, joint compound and texture are applied to complete the interior wall surfaces. Interior wood trim is then installed and the entire home is painted. The driveway and walks are poured, and the yard is graded.
All of these finishing touches will help your house start to look like home. The countertops and cabinets are then installed and resilient flooring or tile is laid in the kitchen and baths.
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 items that you’ll be using on a daily basis. Outside, the landscaping is completed, adding to the excitement.
When the house is 100% complete, we conduct a quality inspection. Workers wait until this final week to install the flooring in the interest of protecting your carpet and hardwoods from boots, nails and dust. Any minor adjustments take place now, like drywall and paint touch-ups. The house is given a thorough cleaning and is ready for the final orientation.
After weeks of hard work and patience, it’s time to do the final walk-through. Your Builder will walk you through the home and demonstrate how the systems and features operate. Homeowner maintenance and warranty service procedures will also be discussed at this time. In addition, should you identify an item requiring paint touch up or minor adjustment, your Builder will address and complete each item prior to your scheduled closing.
Once you have reviewed the completed items, you are ready to sign the closing papers and take ownership of your new Eastwood Home!
Follow Up Orientation
Sometime between 30 and 60 days after closing, an Eastwood Homes representative will contact you to schedule a Follow Up Orientation. We will review any questions you may have regarding the operation of your home and again, review the warranty service procedure. In the event you require warranty service, your representative will be happy to schedule repairs at this time.