The Path to Buying a New Home with Goodwyn Building
Watching a brand new home take shape is a rewarding experience for any homeowner. From the first dig of the foundation to the last coat of paint, it's definitely something you'll never forget. At Goodwyn Building, we take pride in the way we build our homes, and we want to share our enthusiasm and expertise with you. Not only do we build your home in the most efficient and effective way possible, but we'll help you understand every piece that goes into your home - so you can know it inside and out.
- Step 1 - UNDER CONTRACT Once you’ve found your dream home, you will work with a sales person to complete a residential sales contract. This contract will cover the financing you have obtained through your mortgage lender and you will write a check for earnest money that will go towards your down payment. Once you and Goodwyn Building sign, you are officially under contract! Congratulations!
- Step 2 - PRELIMINARY At the start, you might not see much activity on your homesite. Don’t worry! Behind the scene, we are securing the various permits; finalizing plans; distributing blueprints to the plumbers, electricians and framers; and ordering materials. It might be several weeks before any major activity begins on your homesite, but rest assured that all of the background work is being done to create a smooth process!
- Step 3 - FOUNDATION The key to any good home is a solid foundation. This is when we prepare the homesite, set foundation forms, install in-slab plumbing and the concrete is poured and cured. This is the point when many people wonder if their home will be large enough. Seeing the foundation without walls can be very deceiving.
- Step 4 - FRAMING Your home is beginning to take shape! Upright pieces of lumber (studs) are assembled to form the skeleton for interior walls. These studs are secured to the foundation. We will then install shingles, this is when the structure becomes "weatherproof." We install decking, flashing, the windows and wrap the exterior walls with sheathing. Once that is complete you will see shingles and exterior doors and windows being installed.
- Step 5 - ROUGH-IN Once the house if fully framed out, all the rough mechanicals like the HVAC heating and cooling ducts will be installed. Then the plumbing lines are put in and the wiring for electrical outlets, smoke detectors, and telephone and cable lines are added. This phase covers anything in the walls or floors that are covered later by drywall. Carpenters are adding exterior trim work. Masons are adding brick or stone veneer. The garage door is installed.
- Step 6 - MECHANICAL ROUGH-IN Once the house is fully framed out, the rough-in plumbing is done. This means that the pipes that will circulate water throughout the house are installed. These pipes will eventually be hidden inside walls. They will also install your bathtubs and showers. After the inspection of your home’s rough mechanicals, your insulation will be added. Foam Insulation is sprayed in walls and in the attic. This is the step that sets Goodwyn Building apart. This foam helps your home become more energy efficient. Foam and caulk sealing is done to insulate around doors and windows. Fireplaces are installed. Outside porches and driveways will be poured, the outside of the house will be painted and the final grading of the lot will be finished.
- Step 7 - DRYWALL/ TRIM/ PAINT Once the insulation of your home is complete, sheets of drywall (sheet rock) are nailed to the 2x4 upright boards (studs) to form the interior wall of the house. Smaller pieces are cut for the irregular shaped areas so that everything is covered. The seams in the drywall are then taped and covered with a joint compound to form one smooth expanse. All seams are then sanded. Then ceilings are sprayed and textured. Then the finish carpenters arrive to install all the interior doors and molding. Cabinets are delivered and installed. The concrete for your driveway is getting poured and your lawn and landscape will be going in.
- Step 8 - INTERIOR FINISH This is the busiest time of your home. We ask that you do not enter your home at this time because there will be multiple trades in your home during this time. During this time all hardware on cabinets are added and interior doors go in. Ceramic tile is installed in baths and laundry. Mirrors and appliances are put in. Plumbers install kitchen and bath fixtures and faucets. Electricians put in outlets, switches and light fixtures. Heating and cooling contractors put in the furnace and air conditioner equipment as well as grills, registers and thermostats. Whew! See what I mean.
- Step 9 - FINAL DETAIL Paint is cleaned off the inside of the windows. Carpet is laid and the entire house receives a final cleaning. The building inspector will make a final check of all mechanical systems and of the interior and exterior of the house. If all is in compliance, the inspector issues an occupancy permit. You will walk your home prior to closing and be able to know how your new home works.
- Step 10 - CLOSING Congratulations! You will then go to the attorney’s office to close on your home. You're now a proud owner of a brand new Goodwyn Home! Once you get the keys, you can open the door to your brand new lifestyle.