Wondering what's involved in building a new home? This roadmap answers frequently asked questions about our South Haven approach to the process, from start to finish.
Congratulations on considering a new home for you and your family! South Haven was founded among friends and colleagues to deliver the experience and resources to make your homebuilding process realistic, predictable, and delightful. This roadmap outlines what you may expect from the earliest ideas to moving into your newly completed home.
We design each home to maximize your family needs, your budget goals, and the topography of the land. In early discovery, we identify plan ideas and provide an ‘order of magnitude’ budget range for your project. We can help find a property that meets your needs, or help you better understand a property you own.
Once early discovery is complete, a pre-contract deposit retainer allows us to further define your new home. We assemble design development plans to better define the scope of your project. Our operations team distributes these plans for early estimating. The resulting plans and budget provide the details for a new construction contract agreement.
Over the course of design and construction, our team strives to make the process organized, efficient, and fun! Along the way you’ll meet and engage with multiple seasoned homebuilding professionals responsible for business development, architecture, project management, interior design, operations and finance, construction management, and client service.
Before construction can begin, our team prepares hundreds of pages of architecture, engineering, and technical documents required for submission to lengthy municipal reviews and approvals. During this time, we work through your exterior and interior design planning, with a goal for completion as foundation work begins. Once complete, further changes require a change order with related costs and fees. Some requests may not be feasible based on the stage of construction or logistical constraints.
Our daily work involves gathering thousands of materials to be hand-assembled locally in your unique home. Among other factors, inclement weather, supply chain disruptions, and delayed decision-making may affect our timeline. We provide a 60-day date range for our expected completion at the time of contract, and update this expectation twice during rough construction. A 30-day date range is provided once countertops are installed, and updated again when permanent utilities are installed. We provide a final closing date 30-days or more prior to the event, to be used for loan closings and move-in plans.
Once permitting and design are complete, clearing and grading make way for the home’s foundation. Framing brings your home to life for the first time! Rough construction continues with roofing, windows and doors, and exterior cladding. Plumbing, HVAC, and electrical wiring are installed prior to insulation and drywall. Various municipal inspections ensure your home meets permitting and design criteria. Your on-site builder provides bi-weekly progress updates during construction.
Any contract amendments are completed prior to drywall installation. A 50% deposit is collected for design and scope revisions, with the remainder due at closing. Subsequent change orders may include related fees, costs, and deposits. Milestone budget reviews are held periodically during construction. Variances to the budget may occur based on site conditions, commodity pricing, or changes in the scope of work. Budget-focused clients often see variances within 3-5% of the total budget, while projects with expanding scopes can sometimes vary 10-15% or more over initial projections.
Multiple municipal home inspections (and private inspections if applicable) occur prior to the installation of drywall. You’ll also join your builder on-site for a pre-drywall meeting to verify all planning, mechanical, and design-related needs are in place. Interior finishes and fine carpentry become the focus of activity after drywall is complete. Tile, flooring, cabinets, counters, millwork, and fixtures are set in place. Painting, staining, landscaping, and fine detailing continue our progress toward your finished home.
Like any project of this scale, you may discover items needing attention after you begin living day-to-day in your home. A 60-day Visit is scheduled two months after closing to address any newly discovered issues. Near the end of your first year, a One-year Visit addresses any additional items discovered needing adjustment or repair. A one-time Paint and Drywall touch-up is also available during the first year, to be scheduled at your preference any time after the 60-day Visit.