ClearPoint Custom Homes, Inc. is a local building company of quality custom homes within the Boston - Providence areas. You can select from one of our floor plans by Studer Designs or bring your own. We will build you a home that is the best value in custom home building using the most current energy efficient construction, scheduling, and management practices.
Building your new home is an exciting experience! With ClearPoint Custom Homes, Inc. as your builder, we are with you every step of the way helping ensure you always understand the process and where we are in that process. We use the most skilled craftspeople and proven construction technologies, in order to build only the most beautiful, durable and efficient homes in the industry.
The first step would be to meet with one of our new home consultants to help pick a design or edit one of our designs for a home that meets your budget and needs. If you have your own home plan, we will use it as long as it meets local building department critria. Next we will meet you on your land to assess the lot conditions and where to place your home.
Once the contract is prepared, you will meet with your new home consultant to begin making decisions on interior finishes, like countertop designs, tile and paint colors. You will begin with design selections and end with a pre construction meeting to go over all of the details.
Once we are in agreement and the contract is signed, deposit is paid and final plans & documentation are ready, we then submit it along with a building permit application to your local building department. We do all the administrative leg work when it comes to dealing with the local city or town departments along with the building department. Once the building permit has been approved and issued, the building begins.
Home Building Process with ClearPoint Custom Homes.
One of our main jobs is to ensure that you the homeowner understand how the process works. It’s understandable that buyers are excited to see their new home built from start, it is wonderful as a builder to see it especially when you finish and the client is more than over the moon excited" says Richard Rodi, President ClearPoint Custom Homes, Inc.
Our homeowners enjoy watching the home come together, from excavating to the pouring of the concrete for the footing and foundation to framing and watching the home take shape, Once the home has drywall, they start to visualize themselves living in the space and how they will use it — what furniture goes where and how they’ll entertain friends and family there. They spend a good bit of time designing the home to be unique to their family needs and tastes so seeing it all come together is rewarding for them,
To help you prepare for and understand your new home’s construction, this article outlines the typical steps your builder takes during the construction of a new home and what happens at these key stages.
Permits and DigSafe
A shovel cannot go in the ground until, the local building official approves the design and issue permits for everything from the excavation to the septic system, home construction, electrical work, and plumbing. A phone call is placed to #811, DigSafe. where they notify local, public utilities to mark where on the property the gas, sewer, electrical and other lines or cables that may be present and enter the property underground. Once permits are acquired, the actual construction can begin.
Sitework and Excavation
Sitework preparation, excavation and Septic work are performed first. Once the excavation for the foundation is complete, it is time for the footing inspection. The inspector ensures the ground the foundation will sit on is firm and stable, at the correct depth and distance from street. Typically inspected within 24 hours.
Footings serve as the ground support system. 2 x wider than the thickness of the foundation wall, using rebar and concrete.
Footings keep the home from sinking. The footings are formed and poured.
If the foundation is slab-on-grade, the footings are dug, formed and poured
the are between them is leveled and fitted with utility runs, (Plumbing, drains and electrical conduit. Then the slab is formed and poured.
Once the concrete is poured, it will need at least a week to cure, during this time, there will be little to no activity on the construction site for at least one week. After the concrete has cured the crew applies a waterproofing membrane directly to the foundation walls. When the waterproofing process is complete, we schedule our second inspection, the inspector typically arrives at the site within 24 hours to make sure the foundation components are up to code and installed properly. This inspection may be repeated depending on the type of foundation (slab, crawl space, or basement).
Begin Rough Framing
Install floor floor system, exterior studded walls and truss roof system.
Sheathing is installed with taped seams.
Roofing and all roofing components are installed.
Window are installed and flashed
Exterior doors are installed and flashed
Interior walls, stairs and openings are framed
Once the envelope of the house weathtight
and the interior framing completed, then the
sub contractors are scheduled to arrive.
Complete Rough Plumbing, Electrical & HVAC
During this stage, the following items are installed:
Conduit, cables and wires
Electrical main service rough
Electrical wiring and receptacles
Sewer lines and vents
Water supply lines
Bathtubs and shower units
Ductwork for HVAC system
HVAC vent pipes
Once the house is weathertight with a copleted framed home, the subs are working on the inside. The electrical and plumbing contractors start their respective rough-ins, which is running pipes and wires through the interior walls, ceilings, and floors. Sewer lines and vents, as well as water supply lines for each fixture, are installed. Bathtubs and one-piece shower/tub units are set in place. Ductwork is installed for the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, and the furnace. HVAC vent pipes are installed.
Plumbing, and electrical and mechanical systems are inspected for compliance with each subs respectable codes, These are typically three different inspections, different inspectors. The framing inspection will be conducted separately from the electrical/mechanical inspections and it is always after subs recieve their passed inspections.
All homes are insulated in all exterior walls, as well as the attic and any floors that are located above unfinished basements or crawl spaces.
The most common types of insulation used in new homes is fiberglass, cellulose, and open and closed cell spray foam. As to which is used, that is a matter of cost.
Drywall is hung on the interior walls and taped so the seams between the boards aren’t visible, and drywall texturing (if applicable) is completed.
Finish Interior Trim
Interior doors, finished stairs, baseboards, door casings, windowsills, moldings, stair balusters, and other decorative trim are installed.
Cabinets, vanities and fireplace mantels are installed.
Install Quartz Coutertops and vanity tops
Primer coats on all paintable surfaces
The final coat of paint is applied.
The walls get a final coat of paint.
Ceramic tile, in bathroom floors, showers, kitchen backsplash
Hardwood flooring to be installed on main floor, throughout
Carpeting for other bedroom and common areas above the first floor
Install Finish Trims
Light fixtures, outlets and switches are installed, and the electrical panel is completed.
HVAC equipment is installed and registers completed.
Sinks, toilets and faucets, are put in place.
Mirrors, shower doors and carpeting are installed and final cleanup takes place.
While the interior was being worked on, the exterior was being completed simultaneously.
Siding & Trim
Porches & decks
Driveway, typically the last to be installed.
One by one, as each sub-contractor finishes, each get their individual final inspections to ensure proper installation, operation and safety.
Cerificate of Occupancy
During this final phase of inspections and approvals as each individual trades inspector complete their inspections, they each, "sign off", that is electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, Fire Inspector, then a trip to the town/city departments like Tax assesor, Dept. of Health, planning, water, Public works for their "sign off". Once all rhe inspections are performed and everyone has signed off, it is then that the building code official comes and completes their final inspection, signs off and issues a certificate of occupancy, pay the fee and the CO is issued, you can move in!
We will walk you through your new home to acquaint you with its features and the operation of various systems and components and explain your responsibilities for maintenance and upkeep, as well as warranty coverage and procedures.