Cristo Homes' Building Process
You've signed the purchase agreement, made the design decisions, now it's time to familiarize yourself with the building process. To help you understand what to expect, we’ve outlined our process below.
Construction begins with home site excavation. Your home's position is staked on the lot and prepped for the foundation.
For homes with a basement or block wall construction, the concrete footing - the base on which your home's foundation will rest - is poured, and when it's set, a gravel fill is placed around the footing or under the basement slab for drainage.
Your new home's foundation consists of a block or poured wall foundation.
Block wall construction: Concrete block is laid to create your new home's foundation.
Poured wall foundation: Concrete is poured into foundation form panels. Once the concrete is set, foundation waterproofing is applied, and drain tile piping is installed. Underground plumbing is installed and tied into the public sewer system. Next your basement & garage slab is poured.
Framing is the stage where things really start to take shape. In the framing stage, the subfloor, walls, and roof structure are built, and your roof is shingled. Window and door units are installed, and any backfilling around the foundation is done.
At this stage in construction there is a ton of activity in the home with many different contractors working on the house at the same time. As plumbers install water and indoor sewer pipes, your furnace ducts and trunk lines, and electric wiring, outlets, and switches are installed. This is when we will tie the underground utilities to your home as well.
Drywall & Insulation
At this stage, once all rough mechanics are done, Insulation is now being installed in the walls, and drywall is staged in each room for future installation. This is when the builder will schedule a pre-drywall review with you.
This review is an opportunity to go over the work already done on your home and discuss work to be completed in the final stages. We also have inspections to get through here before we can move on so if you notice a little downtime on the jobsite that is most likely what is happening
Finish Trim, Cabinets, Vinyl & Ceramic Tile
The finishing stage is probably one of the most exciting stages for homeowners. This is when we install kitchen and bath cabinetry, countertops, interior doors and trim, stair rails, and many other detail features. Vinyl flooring is installed at this point, and Ceramic tile is installed on the walls and the floors.
"Finish mechanics" are the visible portions of the rough mechanics. Plumbing hardware, such as faucets, showerheads, toilets, and any other option selected get installed. Switch plates, plug covers, and light fixtures are put into place, as are your thermostat, outdoor Air Conditioning unit, and register and return air covers. Your yard is finish-graded, seeded or sodded. This is generally an anxious time for many homeowners. Your home construction process is nearing completion and you are awaiting a closing date.
During this stage of construction you will see the flooring you selected get installed and it really looks like the home is almost finished that’s because it is! Installing Hardwood, Laminate or Carpet is one of the last tasks to be completed in our construction process, due to the fact that we do not want them to get damaged throughout the building process.
During this construction stage, finishing touches like drywall & paint touch up giving the whole house a thorough cleaning and installing appliances before your homeowner orientation. Internal and county inspections are scheduled and completed to ensure all of the finishing touches on your new home have been completed according to your architectural plan.