At Copper Hill Homes we work closely with our clients throughout every step of our process. Our services are catered to Houston, Simonton, Katy, Sugar Land, Fulshear, Richmond, Conroe, Galveston, Sealy and surrounding areas. From initial consultation to design and throughout the completion of the project, we ensure that you will be informed every step of the way. The stages of our new construction process can be found below, and we invite you to contact us with any questions regarding our team or services.
The following is just a brief description of how your new home will be constructed. There are many items that are performed during and between each of these stages that are not listed here. We at Copper Hill Homes believe that informing our customers about their new home and the building process will make the experience more enjoyable.
1. Preconstruction Preparation
6. Exterior Veneer (Brick, Stone, and/or Stucco)
7. Mechanical Roughs
9. Interior Trim
10. Cabinet Installation
11. Interior Paint
12. Tile Installation
13. Grading and Landscaping
14. Mechanical Trims
15. Final Completion
This is the single most important stage of construction. Thorough preparation will set the tone for a smooth construction process. Some home builders rush through this step, but Copper Hill Homes will help guide you through this process. A brief example of what needs to be accomplished in the preparation stage: Site location and evaluation, home plan selection, final home plan drawing, and soil samples at site, home plan engineering, exterior selections, site survey, and finally lot clearing. A foundation pad will be built if necessary.
Existing trees on the home site may die due to construction. Even though care and consideration is exercised the construction process changes the environment and can cause stress to trees. This generally applies to trees in close proximity to the home. Copper Hill Homes does not accept responsibility for existing tress that die during or after the construction process. Prior to construction we will meet with you to discuss existing trees on your lot.
As with any construction or process a sound and strong foundation is needed to complete a quality product. Each foundation is engineered by a licensed firm, and great effort is made to ensure your slab is appropriate for your new home.
The frame stage is when the skeletal structure of your home is erected. All frames are inspected at completion by a licensed engineering firm. Certain frame details such as niches and arches will be done at this stage as well. The frame stage normally takes two weeks once the material arrives. The time it takes to frame the structure is of course dependent on the complexity of the home.
The cornice is the projection of the roof at the eaves (called “soffit”) that forms a connection between the roof and the exterior walls. It is the stage where the vapor barriers are attached to the frame. This, in combination, with exterior walls. It is the stage where the vapor barriers are attached to the frame. This, in combination, with exterior veneer (siding) is what protects your home from the elements. Hardiplank, which is an extremely hard cementatious material and is impermeable to rot, warping, and termites, is installed at this stage as well as the exterior doors and windows.
This stage is simply the installation of the decking and shingles to the framed roof. Copper Hill Homes uses the highest quality materials available and strives to make your new home as efficient as possible. This is why a radiant barrier decking, like Techshield, is installed in an effort to reduce energy expenses.
The mechanical stage includes all of the plumbing lines, HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) equipment and ducting, alarm and electrical wiring. When this stage is over Copper Hill Homes has a third-party inspector conduct a thorough inspection to ensure that your home meets or exceeds the 2003 International Residential Code. Once your home passes all inspections it is then Poly-sealed and insulated.
This stage involves the installation of brick, stone, and/or stucco to the exterior of the home. Some exterior veneers like brick for example have extended lead times and installation is dependent on availability.
After your home has been insulated and has passed all the rigorous inspections it is now ready for sheetrock. Texture is also applied at this stage.
Interior trim includes the installation of the interior doors, base boards, door/window casings, and crown moldings.
Depending on the cabinets you choose to put in your home, custom job-built or production built will determine this stages length. There are advantages and disadvantages to each option of cabinet, but Copper Hill Homes offers both styles to its customers to satisfy all preferences. Interior cabinetry is a very important part of your home and we offer quality cabinets that will suit your needs for years to come.
The interior painting, caulking, and staining are initially done. Copper Hill Homes applies a high grade latex paint to the walls and gloss enamel to all wood surfaces i.e. baseboards, window stools, shelving, doors, casings, chair railing and crown molds. The goal of this stage is to paint and stain the entire interior with your selected colors and have the painter come back to do touch-ups at a later time. This process ensures that the final complete product is something you will be proud of.
Almost all tile is installed at this stage including bathroom showers. Certain tiling requires other items to be present. For example, the kitchen back splash requires the installation of the counter top first.
Typically your sidewalks, driveways, patios, and fencing (if applicable) would be installed by now, if not, this stage would start with the installation of these items. Copper Hill Homes will then establish positive drainage through grading around your entire house. On larger home sites we are only responsible for establishing positive drainage through grading around the immediate home area (within 10 feet). Then we install your landscaping package that you can enjoy for years to come.
All plumbing fixtures including toilets and faucets are installed. The electrical components of the house are completed like plugs, switches, and light fixtures. All AC vent grills (called “registers”) and return air screens are installed. The alarm is also trimmed out with contacts and keypads depending on the package you prefer.
This is where all the final touches are being done to your home the final front door, wood, carpet, shower doors, and mirrors are installed along with the appliances. These items are too valuable, or fragile to be installed during the main construction of your home and therefore left to the end to avoid damage and/or theft. You will also do a “walk through” with your construction manager so we can properly introduce and orient you with all of the exciting attributes of your new home. Your new home will be thoroughly cleaned, including windows, prior to move in.