What to Expect When Building a Home – Phase 3: Building Your Home

To this point we have talked a great deal about what to expect when building a home by walking you through Phase 1: Initial Planning and Phase 2: Detailed Planning.  Today we are going to talk about the most important phase which is building your home.

What to Expect When Building a Home - Phase 3 - Building Your HomePhase 3: Building Your Home

The building phase is the culmination of all your hard work during the planning phases.  You’re going to feel a number of emotions watching your home go up and have a true sense of pride watching us build your design.  Through the process Edwin Anthony will be available to answer any questions you have.  Through the process there will be several standard checkpoints.

Pre-Construction Meeting

During this meeting we will sit down with you and go through the construction plan for your home.  We will let you know what to expect during the building process and we will answer any questions you may have about the construction process.

Pre-Drywall Walk-through

Once the home is to a point in construction where the house is framed and all of the mechanical systems are installed in the rough we will invite you in for the mechanical walk-through.  During this meeting we will take the opportunity to show you many of the hidden but important features in your home.  We will also give you an opportunity at this point to make any final tweaks to the plan adding like adding additional electrical outlets or recess light fixtures.

Pre-Closing Walk-through

At this point your home will be finished and we will invite you in to walk through your new home.  During this walk-through we will demonstrate all of the features of your new home and answer any questions you may have.  We will also note any final imperfections to be repaired prior to you moving in.

3-Month and 12-Month Follow-ups

After you have moved into your home Edwin Anthony will be checking in with you to ensure there are no issues with the quality of your home.  We will schedule a 3-month and a 12-month check up with you to go over any questions you have and address any warranty issues that may arise.

At this point we hope you will be enjoying your home for the first of many years to come!  If you’re ready to start the process feel free to contact us today.

Lastly, if you would like to keep a copy of this series of blog posts for reference we have assembled them into a downloadable PDF.  You can download a copy of the Edwin Anthony Building Process here.

What to Expect When Building a Home – Phase 2: Detailed Planning

In our last blog on What to Expect When Building a Home we discussed Phase 1: Initial Planning.  In that post we talked about the first steps you need to take in order to start planning your new home.  Today we are going to talk about the 2nd phase which gets into the detailed planning for the home that you will build.

What to Expect When Building a Home - Phase 2 - Detailed PlanningPhase 2: Detailed Planning

Once you have progressed through phase 1 and have a good handle on your lot, your floor plan, your builder and your financing you can make the decision to move into the detailed planning stage.  In this stage you we will work directly with you to make detailed decisions on the features of your home and select colors and materials for the finishes.  With this plan we will develop a detailed estimate and provide you with all of the information you will need to make the decision to build.  So without further delay, here are the steps in phase 2… 

Develop Costs & Budget

At this point Edwin Anthony will take the floor plan you have selected and have a discussion with you about the types of finishes you want to see in your home.  In this initial meeting we will help you make decisions on structural elements of your home—for example ceiling heights for each floor.  We will also discuss with you the types of materials you would like to have for the finishes in your home.  For example you will need to know what type of flooring you will want in each room (tile, hardwood, carpet, etc.).  You will not need to have final color selections decided, but you should be driving toward that point because those decisions will be coming within the next few weeks.  Edwin Anthony will walk you through this process and with this information we will develop an initial estimate for detailing how much it will cost to build your home.  Typically we will include options for different areas of your home so that you can see the price impact of various decisions.  Through a series of meetings and discussions we will work with you to help make the choices finalizing your selections along with the budget.

Make Decision to Build and Place Deposit

You’ve come a long way to this point and on one hand you’re very excited but on the other hand a little apprehensive.  We understand that this building a home is both a financial investment but also an investment in your time and effort.  We want it to be perfect which is why we go through such a rigorous process to get you to this point.  We are confident in this process and you should be to.  At this point you will be armed with all the information you need to make an informed decision about building your dream home.  We of course would like the answer to be yes and we would love to be your builder.

Once you decide to build the purchase process will begin.  Edwin Anthony has a standard purchase process.  Please feel free to read about this process here.

Finalize Material Selections

All through the detailed planning phase you’re going to want to be thinking about the material and color selections in your home.  Making selections is one of the most exciting parts of building a home, but at the same time it can be one of the most overwhelming parts of the process.  You may know exactly what you want, or perhaps you may need a little help from a designer but in any case our team will work directly with you throughout this process.  We work with a wide variety of material suppliers and contractors and we pride ourselves in being able to build what you dream.  Once your selections are finalized it will be time to put shovels in the ground and begin building your home.

With your planning complete it’s time for the exciting part – Phase 3: Building Your Home.

What to Expect When Building a Home – Phase 1: Initial Planning

What to Expect When Building a Home - Phase 1 - Initial PlanningIntroduction to Building

At Edwin Anthony we know that building a home can seem like an overwhelming task and if you’re like most, you simply don’t know where to begin.  Well don’t fret, because you’re in good hands.  Edwin Anthony will be with you every step of the way and we can help you realize your goal of building your dream home.  To familiarize you with the process we are putting together this series of blog posts that will walk you through the home building process.  Feel free to come back and reference these blog posts from time to time as you go through the process.

Our goal is to make sure that you know what to expect and give you confidence throughout the process.  The building process will require you to make a number of decisions throughout and these decisions will result in you successfully building your dream home.  We’re excited and we hope you are too!  So let’s get started with the first Phase:  Initial Planning.

Phase 1: Initial Planning

The first phase of the building process is a bit of a feeling-out process.  It’s completely normal to be a little unsure and apprehensive about the decisions you will be making, but through the initial planning phase you will become more comfortable as you think about the building process and begin to make some initial decisions.  The goal of the first phase is to make decisions on where you will build your home, what home you will be building, who will be building your home and how you’re going to pay for it.  We’ll describe each of these decision points in the next few sections below.

Find a Lot

The first step in the process is finding a lot to build your home on.  It’s really as simple answering the question where do we want to live?  That simple question however has lots of things to consider.  Some considerations might be the school district, how close it is to work, how close it is to shopping, restaurants and entertainment, is it in a subdivision, or perhaps you want to have acreage out in the country.  These are all important points to consider and we have developed a checklist that you can download here (Vacant Lot Thought Starter Worksheet).  Going through this step can help you figure out what is important to you about the lot you will be purchasing.  Once you have your thoughts in order you can begin looking for a lot.  If you need help locating vacant lots Edwin Anthony has Realtors on staff that can help you with your search.

Once you locate a lot there are additional things that will need to be checked to ensure the lot is suitable to build on.

Suitability for Building

The first consideration is making sure the lot has good ground to build on.  Edwin Anthony can help you determine this by investigating the lot to ensure its suitability.  We have experts on our staff and you can rest assured we will build your home on a solid foundation.

Building Envelope

Another consideration is how much room on the lot you will have to build the home on.  Every city has ordinances on what are called setbacks.  These setbacks are the minimum distance your home will have to be from the property lines.  In addition to setbacks there can also be easements on a property.  An example of an easement is a public utility line buried underground that runs through the property.  In most cases you will not be allowed to build on top of an easement like this so it will restrict the building envelope.  When you locate a lot Edwin Anthony will help you research the setbacks and understand if there are any easements on the property.

Water / Sewer vs Well / Septic

Finally, we will take a look at whether the lot has water/sewer hookups at the street or if you will need a well and septic system installed.  If the lot needs a well and septic there are additional considerations that will need to be made and Edwin Anthony can help with those.

Find a Floor Plan

While you’re looking for a lot you’re also going to want to start looking for the plans to your dream home.  There are a number of online resources like houseplans.com or eplans.com that have literally thousands of home plans available for you to choose from.  You can use these sites to find a plan you like and in this process Edwin Anthony can work with you on any modifications you would like to make to plans you find.  Through this process you’re going to want to think critically about the features and amenities you want in your new home.  To help you in this process we have created a thought starter worksheet that can help you determine what types of features you may want to see in your new home.

Edwin Anthony HomesFind a Builder

It goes without saying that Edwin Anthony Homes would like to be the builder for your new home.  However, we realize there are many choices out there and we want you to feel fully comfortable with the builder you have selected.  We are happy to answer any questions you have about our experience, provide you with references to our previous clients and in general answer any questions you have for us.  We have an open door policy and we strive to achieve our mission of exceeding your expectations.

Determine Financing

I think we all wish money wasn’t a consideration, but in most cases it is.  The finances will have a big impact on the decision you make when building your home.  You will need to develop a budget for your lot cost and the building cost.  In the early stages Edwin Anthony can help give you guidelines on the costs based upon where you are looking to build and the size and type of home you are planning.  With this you can begin to make your plans for financing the home.  If you are planning to use cash, this step is real easy.  However, if you plan to work through a bank you will want to initiate discussions with your lender to develop your financing plan.  Your lender can help you establish the requirements they will have for you to get a construction loan and help you through the process.  If you need help locating a lender Edwin Anthony has references to mortgage brokers available.  Please feel free to inquire within.

These are the things you should be considering early on in the home building process.  Once you have your thoughts in order on where your lot will be located, what the floor plan you would like, who will build the home for you and how you will pay for it you can move on to Phase 2: Detailed Planning.

1220 LaCrosse Trail, Oxford – Our Next Custom Home

Front ElevationEdwin Anthony is pleased to present our next project which is located in the Lakes of Indianwood subdivision in Oxford, MI – 1220 LaCrosse Trail.  This lot is located on a cul-de-sac in a subdivision renowned for its beauty.

The plan we have selected for this home is 4235 sqft with 4 beds and 3 1/2 baths and the home will include a full basement with a walk-out.  The home will feature 9 ft ceilings on the first floor hard wood floors and 3 fireplaces in the great room, study and sun room.  The 2nd floor is highlighted with a stunning master suite which includes a full master bath with tub and oversized shower, a large walk-in closet with ample room for him and her, and to finish things off the master suite includes a sitting room with a gas fireplace.

We’re very excited about this project and we look forward to making this someone’s dream home real soon.

For more information on the home please visit our project page at 1220Lacrosse.com.

Granite Selections for 817 Stanley Ct

Today we spent the day making the granite selections for 817 Stanley Ct.  Our granite supplier has ~25 colors to choose from in their level 1.  In addition to this they always have smaller remnants that you can choose from which are all at level 1 pricing.  Today we selected a level 1 color for the kitchen and a level 3 color for the master and hall baths.  All of these were efficiently priced at level 1 prices.

Below you can see John tagging one of the remnants which will go in the master bath at 817 Stanley Ct.  These slabs will be installed in about 2 weeks.



Pouring Concrete in the Winter

Today we’re out at 817 Stanley Ct. and we’re getting ready to pour the concrete for the front Porch.  Unfortunately the temperature fluctuates throughout the year and in in the winter there are some extra things that need to be done to ensure the concrete cures properly.

Today it’s actually about 12 degrees out but we’re still able to pour the concrete with the techniques John explains in the video.  In the video you’ll see John explain:

  • How the concrete is prepared and heated for winter pours
  • How we use calcium chloride to help the concrete cure
  • How we create temporary conditioned spaces using straw, visqueen or tarps



Home Insulation Techniquest for Energy Efficiency

Today we’re out at 817 Stanley Ct in Royal Oak and John is going to show you a number of the techniques we use to insulate the home.  These techniques are very important when it comes to keeping the home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  In the video you’ll see John talk about:

  • Insulation and R-Value
  • Windows and their U-Factor
  • Caulking
  • Foam Sealing
  • Vapor Barriers


Floods Delay Metro Detroit Home Sales – Gardenia Not Included

John Rospierski shows the sump pump and the raised furance at 507 Gardenia in Royal Oak

John Rospierski explains the backup sump pump and the raised furance at 507 Gardenia to the Detroit News

On August 11th Royal Oak was hit with one of the worst storms in recent history.  This storm resulted in widespread flooding across the area and as we previously reported we were very thankful that we installed a backup sump system in the home we were building at 507 Gardenia.  As a result of this our basement didn’t flood.

Had our basement flooded it’s very probable that we wouldn’t have closed on Gardenia this past Thursday and as this article in the Detroit News details, the real estate market has definitely been affected by the flooding.

Detroit NewsFloods Delay Metro Detroit Home Sales

However, the backup sump we installed in Gardenia saved the home from flooding and we have a very happy buyer as indicated in the Detroit News story above.





507 Gardenia Certificate of Occupancy

The Royal Oak building department agrees that we’ve built a great home at 507 Gardenia…507 Gardenia Certificate of Occupancy

Ground is Broken at 817 Stanley Ct – Garage Footings are Going In!

Today we broke ground at 817 Stanley Ct.  Earlier in the week we had the civil engineers out to stake the lot and today we are putting the footings in for the garage.  Because this lot is only 40′ wide we are starting with the construction of the garage.  This will allow us get heavy equipment to the back of the lot making the build process for the garage a bit more efficient.  So, the footings go in today and we will follow up with the remainder of the foundation for the garage, garage floor and framing of the garage over the next week.