Our Building Process is a well thought out and organized plan that gives the homeowner time to make decisions without feeling rushed. Throughout the entire process we walk you through each decision and give you a timetable so you are aware of any upcoming decisions. Click on any of the links below for more detailed information regarding the steps we go through.
This initial meeting takes place at the Prime Design office with the Client and members of the Prime Design team. In this meeting we will:
In this critical first meeting with the Designer, we will all meet at the Prime Design office and review topics such as:
A Conceptual Plan is created with initial dimensions and home layout complete based on the Initial Design Meeting. Once the Conceptual Plan is done:
This process normally re-occurs 2-3 times until the plan is exactly the way the Client wishes. The Final Step in the Design Process is then Finalizing the Home Plans to 1/4” scale and reviewable in 3D software.
A Complete Estimate is prepared and presented for your review. “Hard numbers” are received from all suppliers and subcontractors to ensure you have an accurate idea of the cost of your home. Prime Design shys away from using allowance numbers whenever possible so that you don’t encounter the “horror” story of your project costing more than expected. Once our price is established, we guarantee that price. Hidden fees and escalation charges are never encountered when you build with us.
This is one of the reasons we have 100% home buyer satisfaction!
Once the cost estimate is prepared, a Specification sheet detailing all the “ingredients” of the home that we talked about is written up. This step ensures all parties are on the same page. The Construction Contract is also prepared and reviewed and a down payment on the project is received.
Time estimates are discussed so we are aware of when you would like to move into your new home. Once the “move in” date is established, Prime Design can then do a critical path schedule so we ensure you are able to move in the day you want. We are proud that we have never missed a move in date in the history of our company!
Prior to beginning construction there may be several permits needed. If you are building in a rural area, a sanitary permit will be needed. Zoning Permits, DNR Permits, Building Permits as well as other miscellaneous permits required by your municipality or sub-division will need to be applied for. Prime Design fills out all paperwork that is needed and applies for the various permits on your behalf.
Throughout the building process, building inspectors are contacted for the appropriate inspection checks - insuring all building codes are followed. Once your home is complete, you will receive a copy of an occupancy permit stating that your home is approved and ready to be moved into. Occasionally, some municipalities require a deposit which is then refunded once an occupancy permit is secured. We will inform you if your municipality should be issuing a rebate to you.
A meeting at your site is scheduled to review trees or brush that need to be removed prior to construction. Site clearing is then scheduled. The clearing of your lot may be done by you or we can schedule to have your lot cleared for you - whichever you prefer.
Throughout every stage of the building process, we are there to assist you with all your selections. Meetings to select siding, stone, brick, floor coverings, fireplace, plumbing fixtures, cabinets and countertops will be arranged by Prime Design and completed in a logical order. Our expertise in interior and exterior design along with the aid of our 3D design software will put you at ease.
Due to our large showroom, many items may be selected right at our facility. If additional selections need to be made, we will arrange supplier meetings at their location. It is often easier to arrange the supplier meetings closer together to keep selections fresh in your mind. The meetings can be arranged to take advantage of a full day or we can schedule 1 meeting per day for several days in a row. The client can specify which they prefer. Depending on the supplier, meetings can range from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
The foundation stage is critical to the final quality of your home. At this stage:
Now it’s time to put sticks in the air! We refer to this as “the set.” During the framing stage the floor system, trusses, interior and exterior walls, headers and support beams are put in place, along with the support structures for any ceiling treatments:
Now we add the mechanical elements of the home:
At this point your home really starts to take shape. During the Wall Finishes stage we:
The light at the end of the tunnel! In the Finish Carpentry & Flooring stage we install:
The Fixture Installation stage includes:
Before we turn the home over to you we work to make sure it is as perfect as possible.
Prime Design Builders is just as committed to your satisfaction once you take possession of your home, as we are during construction. We have our own rigid standards for the quality construction of our homes and see to it that the highest quality measures are used. All our homes carry a one-year warranty. In addition, products utilized in our homes also carry individual warranties. You can rest assured that we will be around to service any issue you may have.