From closing a loan to your move-in day, building a home is a complicated task. We’re here to help. When you choose W.H. Gross Construction, you’re partnering with a company that has refined their process for over 25 years. At W.H. Gross we strive to simplify financing, design, planning and delivery while coaching our customers every step of the way. We’re committed to to making the process of building your dream home as rewarding, simple and hassle-free as possible.
STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO HOME BUILDING
There are many decisions to be made when building a home to match you lifestyle and you may not know where to start. W.H. Gross Construction Co. is determined to make this experience smooth and enjoyable experience. We hope that our step by step timeline will help to guide you through this process.
STEP 1: Planning Period
We schedule a series of meetings with the client to determine their wants and needs. During this time, we will also choose a location to build and select specific design features and materials. For more information, read Builder Planning/Selection Process.
STEP 2: Construction Timeline
Building a custom home takes time. So many variables exist that actual construction time can be difficult to pinpoint. Our timeline will give you an idea of the steps involved, and the basic order they occur in. For more information, go to Construction Timeline.
STEP 3: Decisions & Selections
Many detailed decisions must be made by the home buyer during the building process, big (how many and which trees to remove) and small (kitchen cabinet handles). Our in house designer with help to guide you through each selection and offer a wide variety of material options from our showroom. For details, read Decisions, Decisions, Decisions.
STEP 1: BUILDER SELECTION PROCESS
Build a Custom Home; Enjoy the Experience
We work closely with you through several phases of consideration, to help you fully establish all the requirements of your custom dream home.
PHASE ONE / FIRST MEETING – During our initial meeting, we begin by asking several basic questions, such as:
- Do you have a lot?
- If not, would you like to look at lots? Where, or in what area, would you like to live?
We keep information about available lots in our area, along with costs. There are many variables that could affect the cost of the home based on which lot is chosen.
- What style home are you interested in?
- Single level or ranch – Would we need to accommodate for any additional adjustments, such as wider hallways, easy accessibility, etc.?
- Master on main level with additional bedrooms upstairs – families with older children may want bedrooms on separate level
- Master upstairs along with the other bedrooms – families with young children typical prefer that all bedrooms are on the same level
- Do you have plans already drawn?
- If not, we offer many great sample floor plans on our website! Choose from our Low Country or Mediterranean styles for more ideas.
- Will the house you envision fit on your lot as designed?
- Physical challenges, utility paths, and zoning requirements frequently force the need to adjust plans or apply for variances
- Do you want help designing the house?
- We like to be involved in this stage to help control costs. We can help to point out ways to save on your dream design or to keep costs in line with your budget.
- What is your budget?
Many prospective clients do not wish to reveal their budget. They would prefer a cost based on price per square foot. Due to many variables, it is extremely difficult to correctly quote in the early stages of planning. See below…
- Land Costs – how much will it cost to clear and fill on the chosen lot?
- Design – Is the plan efficiently laid out?
- Materials – are you interested in standard finishes, materials and appliances or do you prefer the upgraded options?
We work hard to meet all the needs of our clients while respecting their budgets in the process. We have an open book policy when it comes to all of our materials and we make a practice of not up-charging our clients, so you can be sure that you are getting the best value.
Once we have heard all of your needs, we can start developing initial design concepts in preparation for the next phase. At this point, you are under no obligation to retain our services, or you may decide to move forward in the process.
STEP 2: CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE – Our next step is to determine all the variables mentioned earlier to begin the design phase and evaluate the cost of the project.
During this phase of the process, we focus on:
- Selecting lots and the cost variables associated with each lot under consideration
- Designing plans and working with a draftsman to make any necessary revisions
- Determining the price of the custom home based on its specifications:
- We use supplier brochures and catalogs to determine material options, such as windows, doors, hardware, appliances, etc.
- Subcontractors receive copy of plans to determine labor costs
- Clients or homeowners visit showrooms to make some pre-selections
- Final design specifications and price are set
PHASE ONE – At this point, we present you with completed initial designs and detailed cost estimates. You will have all of the information you need to make an informed decision about letting us build your new custom home.
Note: If at this point you decide not to have us build, certain costs may be incurred for:
- Design services of draftsmen and/or architects
- Drawings and printing of plans
- Time involved, etc.
We will clearly inform you of this policy prior to any work is performed. Any charges are handled on a case-by-case basis.
STEP 3: DECISIONS & SELECTIONS
When you build a new custom home, you will have many decisions to make to ensure the house meets your standards. We encourage our customers to make each decision as they come along and not to try and decide all of them at once.
Here are a few of the decisions you will eventually make, as shown by project zone:
- Home Site
- Handing of house (which side will garage be on)
- Location of house on property
- Tree clearing (if applicable)
- Basement – finished or unfinished
- Windows – casement or double-hung styles
- Front door
- Exterior doors
- Roofing materials
- Siding and exterior trim.
- Exterior Design
- Windows – cladding color
- Front door style – stain or paint
- Exterior doors
- Siding and exterior trim
- HVAC system
- Gas furnace with A/C
- Gas furnace with heat pump (duel fuel)
- Electric furnace with heat pump
- Tub / Shower systems
- Sump pumps and back-ups
- Gas appliances
- Outside hose bibb / spigots
- Many other options
- Electrical outlet locations – beyond code requirements
- Phone / cable
- Computer / Internet network
- Audio system
- Video system
- Alarm system
- Central Vacuuming System
- HVAC system
- Interior Design
- Trim moldings and door styles
- Built-ins, bookcases, lockers, etc.
- Mantles, columns, other millwork
- Paints and stains