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A Step-by-Step Guide to the Home Building Process

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: August 5, 2015

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Here’s what to expect during the major phases of construction.

Building your new home is exciting, especially when you understand how the process works. The following overview outlines the typical steps your builder will take in the construction of a home and will help keep you abreast of what happens at key stages.

Keep in mind that the homebuilding process may vary from region to region and builder to builder, especially if you’re building an elaborate custom home. Be sure to ask your builder about his or her specific policies and procedures.

Step1

1. Prepare site and pour foundation: Often, site preparation and foundation work are performed by the same crew, but this may not be the case with a wooded lot. Using a backhoe and a bulldozer, the crew clears the site of rocks, debris and trees for the house and, if applicable, the septic system. The crew levels the site, puts up wooden forms to serve as a template for the foundation, and digs the holes and trenches. Footings (structures where the house interfaces with the earth that supports it) are installed. If your home is going to have a well, it will be dug at this point.

If the home has a full basement, the hole is dug, the footings are formed and poured, and the foundation walls are formed and poured. If it’s slab-on-grade, the footings are dug, formed and poured; the area between them is leveled and fitted with utility runs (e.g. plumbing drains and electrical chases); and the slab is poured.

Once concrete is poured into the holes and trenches, it will need time to cure. During this period, there will be no activity on the construction site.

After the concrete is cured, the crew applies a waterproofing membrane to the foundation walls; installs drains, sewer and water taps and any plumbing that needs to go into the first-floor slab or basement floor; and backfills excavated dirt into the hole around the foundation wall.

INSPECTION #1: When the curing process is complete, a city inspector visits the site to make sure 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). Your builder will then remove the forms and begin coordinating step 2, the framing phase.

Step2

2. Complete rough framing: The floor systems, walls and roof systems are completed (collectively known as the shell or skeleton of the house). Plywood or oriented strand board (OSB) sheathing is applied to the exterior walls and roof, and windows and exterior doors are installed. The sheathing is then covered with a protective barrier known as a house wrap; it prevents liquid water from infiltrating the structure, while allowing water vapor to escape. This reduces the likelihood of mold and wood rot.

Step3

3. Complete rough plumbing, electrical and HVAC: Once the shell is finished, siding and roofing can be installed. At the same time, the electrical and plumbing contractors start 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 put in place at this point because there’s more room to maneuver large, heavy objects.

Ductwork is installed for the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system, and possibly the furnace. HVAC vent pipes are installed through the roof, and insulation is installed in the floors, walls and ceilings.

After the roofing goes on, the house is considered “dried in.” The electrician then installs receptacles for outlets, lights and switches and runs wires from the breaker panel to each receptacle. Wiring for telephones, cable TV and music systems is included in this work.

Note that HVAC ducts and plumbing are usually installed before wiring, because it’s easier to run wires around pipes and ducts than vice versa.

INSPECTIONS 2, 3 and 4: Rough framing, plumbing and electrical and mechanical systems are inspected for compliance with building codes. Most likely these will be three different inspections. At the very least, the framing inspection will be conducted separately from the electrical/mechanical inspections.

At this stage, drywall (also known as plasterboard, wallboard or gypsum board) is delivered to the building site. Sheetrock®, a registered trademark of USG Corporation, is sometimes used as a generic term for drywall.

Step4

4. Install insulation: Insulation plays a key role in creating a more comfortable, consistent indoor climate while significantly improving a home’s energy efficiency. One of the most important qualities of insulation is its thermal performance or R-value, which indicates how well the material resists heat transfer. Most 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 are fiberglass, cellulose and foam. Depending on the region and climate, your builder may also use mineral wool (otherwise known as rock wool or slag wool); concrete blocks; foam board or rigid foam; insulating concrete forms (ICFs); sprayed foam; and structural insulated panels (SIPs).

Blanket insulation, which comes in batts or rolls, is typical in new-home construction. So is loose-fill and blown-in insulation, which is made of fiberglass, cellulose or mineral-wool particles. Another insulation option, liquid foam, can be sprayed, foamed-in-place, injected or poured. While it costs more than traditional batt insulation, liquid foam has twice the R-value per inch and can fill the smallest cavities, creating an effective air barrier.

Fiberglass and mineral-wool batts and rolls are usually installed in side walls, attics, floors, crawl spaces, cathedral ceilings and basements. Manufacturers often attach a facing such as kraft paper or foil-kraft paper to act as a vapor barrier and/or air barrier. In areas where the insulation will be left exposed, such as basement walls, the batts sometimes have a special flame-resistant facing.

Step5

5. Complete drywall and interior textures; start exterior finishes: Drywall is hung and taped so the seams between the boards aren’t visible, and drywall texturing (if applicable) is completed. The primer coat of paint is also applied after taping is complete. Contractors begin installing exterior finishes such as brick, stucco, stone and siding.

Step6

6. Finish interior trim; install exterior driveways and walkways: Interior doors, baseboards, door casings, window sills, moldings, stair balusters and other decorative trim are installed, along with cabinets, vanities and fireplace mantels and surrounds. Walls get a finish coat of paint and are wallpapered where applicable.

Generally, exterior driveways, walkways and patios are formed at this stage. Many builders prefer to wait until the end of the project before pouring the driveway because heavy equipment (such as a drywall delivery truck) can damage concrete. But some builders pour the driveway as soon as the foundation is completed so that when homeowners visit the construction site, they won’t get their shoes muddy.

Step7

7. Install hard-surface flooring and countertops; complete exterior grading:Ceramic tile, vinyl and wood flooring are installed as well as countertops. Exterior finish grading is completed to ensure proper drainage away from the home and prepare the yard for landscaping.

Step8

8. Finish mechanical trims; install bathroom fixtures: 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.

Step9

9. Install mirrors, shower doors and finish flooring; finish exterior landscaping: Mirrors, shower doors and carpeting are installed, and final cleanup takes place. Trees, shrubs and grass are planted and other exterior landscaping completed.

INSPECTION #5: A building-code official completes a final inspection and issues a certificate of occupancy (C.O.). If any defects are found during this inspection, a follow-up inspection may be scheduled to ensure that they’ve been corrected.

Step10

10. Final walkthrough: Your builder 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. This is often referred to as a pre-settlement walkthrough. It’s also an opportunity to spot items that need to be corrected or adjusted, so be attentive and observant. Examine the surfaces of countertops, fixtures, floors and walls for possible damage. Sometimes disputes arise because the homeowner discovers a gouge in a countertop after move-in, and there’s is no way to prove whether it was caused by the builder’s crew or the homeowner’s movers.

A Few Words about Inspections: Your new home will be inspected periodically during the course of construction. In addition to mandated inspections for code compliance, your builder may conduct quality checks at critical points in the process. (In the story above, we point out when these inspections typically take place.) The idea is to catch as many potential problems as possible before construction is finished, though some issues may not surface until you’ve lived in the home for a period of time.

Talk to your builder early on about attending inspections, with or without your real-estate agent. Even if your presence is not required, it’s an opportunity to learn more about what’s behind the walls of your new home and how everything works. If you’re planning to hire your own inspector to do an additional review of the home, notify your builder prior to the start of construction.

For safety as well as logistical reasons, builders discourage customers from dropping in unannounced at the construction site. If you’d like to pay a visit, be sure to arrange it in advance. Chances are your builder will conduct regular walkthroughs to bring you up to speed on the progress of the work.

Working with the builder who’ll construct your new home is the fifth of six steps to your new home. Here in our New Home Guide, you’ll find helpful and inspiring articles, slideshows and videos that will make your new home journey easier and more rewarding.

Learn about the six key steps to your new home: Get expert advice from leading real estate writers, builders and recent new homebuyers in our New Home Guide.

We’ve made it easy to follow six simple steps to your new home that include: new home 101; shopping online and in model homes; buying, financing and insuring your home; working with a builder to design and construct your home; and settling in to enjoy it.

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Guildmaster Award

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 1, 2015

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Konter Quality Homes Recognized among North America’s Best

Customer Service Leaders within the Residential Construction Industry

GuildQuality’s 2015 Guildmaster Award Honors Konter Quality Homes

 

Savannah, GA June 1, 2015-Konter Quality Homes, homebuilder in Savannah, GA, has been awarded a 2015 Guildmaster Award for exceptional customer service. GuildQuality, an independent customer satisfaction surveying company, has powered the Guildmaster Award since 2005 to celebrate service excellence in the building, remodeling, contracting, and home services professions.

 

Konter Quality Homes was selected as one of the over 300 North American builders, remodelers, developers, and contractors recognized by GuildQuality for their superior delivery of customer care.

 

Over the past few months, GuildQuality reviewed numerous survey responses submitted by customers of Guildmaster candidates. In granting awards, GuildQuality considers two primary metrics for each candidate: the percentage of customers who would recommend and the percentage of customers who responded. Konter Quality Homes achieved a recommendation rate of greater than 90% from their customers, who were surveyed through GuildQuality.

 

“Konter Quality Homes is very proud to accept the Guildmaster honor and award, as a reflection of our company’s continued pursuit of Quality and excellence in the Home Building industry”- Mark Konter- Vice President

 

For more on the 2015 Guildmaster Award and qualifications, visit www.guildquality.com/guildmaster/.

 

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About Konter Quality Homes

 

Founded by Jerry Konter in 1977, Konter Quality Homes continues a family tradition of over 50 years in the Savannah Real Estate industry. Our longevity is anchored by three generations of Konters, each with a total commitment to our customer’s satisfaction. The Konter commitment to Quality has resulted in the creation of 27 communities, 2,300 homes, and numerous prestigious awards. For more information, please see www.konterhomes.com or contact us at 912.341.4865

 

About GuildQuality

 

GuildQuality helps builders, remodelers, and contractors manage their most valuable asset – their reputation. Our members rely on our service to gather customer feedback, measure satisfaction and continuously improve their business. Supported by comprehensive reporting and marketing tools, GuildQuality helps its members stand out in a competitive market. For more information, visit www.guildquality.com.

 

 

Exciting new development

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 21, 2015

 

Konter Development Company Announces Development of Historic Piece of Property

May 13, 2015 – Konter Development Company recently announced plans to develop a historic piece of land located in the Bonna Bella area directly off of Laroche Avenue. Traditionally known as the German Country Club, the waterfront property was purchased by its previous owners in 1918, and has operated as a social gathering place for many renowned Savannah families over the last century.

Bluffside at Country Club Creek consists of over 20 acres of lush landscape with panoramic views of Country Club Creek which leads directly into the Herb River.  Konter Development Company plans to develop the site into a new residential neighborhood, which will entail 7 waterfront home sites, 1 marsh front home site, and 58 interior lots. With respect to the German Country Club’s commitment to family and community oriented activities, the neighborhood, which has been designated as Bluffside at Country Club Creek, will include multiple amenities including an community fishing pier, activity center, and community green and playground.

Konter Development Company has compiled a team of experts to ensure the development of the property pays homage to its history while adding a new market of housing for potential buyers in an ever growing area of Chatham County. The architectural design of homes within Bluffside at Country Club Creek will be similar to other residential projects the company has completed in neighborhoods such as Palmetto Row and Tabby Village, both located within Sandfly, adjacent to Isle of Hope. Wide front porches, authentic shutters, and craftsmen exterior details are just a few examples of the detailed craftsmanship that will be consistent components of each residence.

Harvey Gilbert of Gilbert & Ezelle Real Estate Services, who served as brokers for marketing the property, stated that “the seller’s are very pleased to have sold the property to a highly experienced developer and homebuilder of integrity such as Konter Development Company who will successfully execute a carefully prepared plan for the benefit of the property and surrounding neighborhood.”

With over 50 years of experience in the real estate and construction industry Jerry Konter feels this was an extremely rare opportunity for his company and his family, which includes three generations who currently work with Konter. “As a multi-generational Savannah family business we are excited to develop this unique and wonderful property, with an eye to its history and a vision for its legacy,” says Jerry Konter, President of Konter Development Company.

Construction will start within the next three months, and the seven waterfront lots located along Country Club Creek are now available for reservations through Konter Development Company. For additional information on Bluffside at Country Club Creek, please contact Mark Konter at 912-341-4865.

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About Konter Quality Homes

Founded by Jerry Konter in 1977, Konter Quality Homes continues a family tradition of over 50 years in the Savannah Real Estate industry. Our longevity is anchored by three generations of Konters, each with a total commitment to our customer’s satisfaction. The Konter commitment to Quality has resulted in the creation of 27 communities, 2,300 homes, and numerous prestigious awards. For more information, please see www.konterhomes.com or contact us at 912.341.4865.

New neighborhoods

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 12, 2012

Konter Quality Homes is extremely excited to announce new homes currently being constructed in two wonderful new neighborhoods.

 

Tabby Village is a small enclave of traditional low country style homes nestled at the gateway to beautiful Isle of Hope. With only 4 home sites remaining, you want to act quickly to secure your spot in this wonderful family oriented neighborhood.

 

South Oaks Place is located on the Hwy 17 corridor  convenient to both Fort Stewart and HAAF as well as just down the road from all the wonderful services offered in the Berwick area. Konter Quality Homes excited to announce the opening of 21 home sites including lake view home sites as large a 1/2 an acre.

 

For more information on either of these new neighborhoods or any of Konter’s other award winning neighborhoods please visit our website @ www.konterhomes.com

 

 

Holiday lighting safety tips

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: November 29, 2011

Safety in your home is always important, and the Holiday time is no exception.

Many of us are decorating with electric lights for the holidays and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) recently published these safety tips and links for additional information.  We want to encourage everyone to enjoy the holidays while keeping safe.

Electrical Safety Tips:

 

To ensure that your holiday season is safe from electrical hazards, follow these safety tips:

  • Before decorating, read and follow the manufacturers’ instructions for installation and maintenance of all decorative electrical products.
  • Indoors and out, use lights and other electrical decorations certified by a recognized independent testing laboratory, such as CSA, UL, or ETL.
  • Outdoors, use lights and other electrical decorations certified for outdoor use.
  • Carefully inspect each decoration before plugging into an outlet.
  • Cracked, frayed, loose or bare wires, and loose connections may cause a serious electrical shock or start a fire.  Replace damaged items.
  • Do not connect more than three light strings together.
  • Light strings with screw-in bulbs should have no more than 50 bulbs connected together.

Konter Quality Homes wishes you a safe and wonderful Holiday season.

Encouraging home sales report

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: November 10, 2011

September produced an encouraging new home sales report as single family home sales rose 5.7%.

 

“Today’s report highlights the gradual improvement in housing market conditions that is becoming evident in certain pockets of the country, as consumers who can surmount very restrictive lending standards to qualify for a favorable mortgage rate seize on this opportunity to buy,” said Bob Nielsen, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Reno, Nev. “The latest numbers also reveal that first-time buyers are driving the new-homes market right now, as evidenced by the volume of lower-priced, entry-level homes under contract. It’s worth noting that these consumers are very dependent upon federal policies and programs that support home ownership, such as the mortgage interest deduction and low-down payment mortgage options that have been threatened by recent government proposals.”

 

This is encouraging data when viewed along side the estimate that there were only 163,000 units for sale in September. Based on the current rate of new home sales this represents only a 6.2 month supply of new homes nationwide.

 

Konter Quality Homes is prepared to be the Savannah area’s continuing voice for quality and service in this continually improving housing market.

Majority of Americans still view owning a home as positive!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 30, 2011

The Washington Post has an interesting column today regarding a poll conducted this week to gauge American’s view on housing. Interestingly, a large majority of those polled view homes as a good long term investment, and still strive towards a goal of home ownership. You can read the column here.

 

Konter Quality Homes is the Savannah area’s premier neighborhood developer and new home builder. Visit our website at www.konterhomes.com

 

Konter Quality Homes wins Guildmaster award

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 16, 2011

Konter Quatlity Homes wins GuildQuality’s 2011 Guildmaster Award

 

 

Savannah, GA  5/16/11

 

Konter Quality Homes, a leading homebuilder in Savannah, GA, announced today that the company has been awarded a 2011 Guildmaster Award for exceptional customer satisfaction. Konter Quality Homes was one of 154 home builders, remodelers, developers and contractors throughout North America recognized for their superlative performance.

 

“We at Konter Quality Homes are very honored and proud to be awarded the prestigious 2011Guildmaster Award.”

~Mark Konter- Vice President

 

 

About Konter Quality Homes

 

Founded by Jerry Konter in 1977 Konter Quality Homes continues a family tradition of over 50 years in the Savannah Real Estate industry. Our longevity is anchored by three generations of Konters, each with a total commitment to our customer’s satisfaction.

 

 

About GuildQuality

 

North America’s best builders, remodelers, contractors and real estate developers rely on GuildQuality’s customer satisfaction surveying to help them monitor and improve the quality of their service.

 

 

About the Guildmaster Awards

 

Once a year, GuildQuality recognizes exceptional customer service with the Guildmaster Awards. Visit the Guildmaster section of the GuildQuality website to see information about all 2011 Award Winners and read about the award qualifications.

 

For more information, visit www.guildquality.com or contact marketing@guildquality.com

30th annual Southern Home Show

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 29, 2011

The 30th annual Southern Home Show is almost here! The event takes place April 1st-3rd at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center and Konter Quality Homes is proud to be a  participant.  The Southern Home Show is coastal Georgia’s premier event showcasing builder, re-modelers, and contractors. This year’s event is dedicated to the military and all active duty military get in free with ID.

The show also includes a military fashion show, celebrity kitchen featuring 5 of Savannah’s most loved chefs, and an encore performance by Dancing with Savannah Stars paticipants.

 

For more information of the show please visit www.homebuildersofsavannah.com.

Rock and Roll Marathon coming to Savannah!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 20, 2011

Rock an Roll Marathon, the premier marathon event in the country is coming to Savannah!! Beautiful Savannah GA will host the exciting event on November 5th.If you like to run, make your plans now to experience the intrigue and ambiance of the city while running to the beat of rock, country, jazz and blues.

Free concerts will run all day during both the 1/2 and full marathon as well after the event is complete.

For more information see: http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/savannah#ixzz1HAmrs2el