PROCESS

Understanding the Steps to Building a House

Let’s start here.

Come meet the CNC team.

Custom home building takes place in several phases. It is our goal to help everyone involved understand the main segments and paint a clear picture of the steps to building a house. Preparing the building site, construction, and financing all work together but can be handled in several ways.

Here is a flowchart to get you started:

DO YOU HAVE A HOME PLAN?

YES

STEP 1

Letter of Intent (LOI)

We want to meet as a team. Building a house takes cooperation and we all have to be on the same page! Let’s sign a letter of intent so we can decide when to start on your home.

STEP 2

Preliminary Estimates

Don’t worry, CNC Homes will provide you an estimate on your dream home before anything is even set in motion so there will be no huge surprises.

STEP 3

Financing

Who’s taking care of the financing? If you don’t yet have financing in order, we can suggest local or national lending options. 

STEP 4

Submit Preliminary Plan to the Design Review Committee (DRC)

This could take a few months. Be patient!

There are 3 phases of approval:

      1. Preliminary Approval
      2. Architectural Drawings Approval
      3. Construction Approval

STEP 5

Apply for Permits

This is the step where you’ll be approved to build with your local municipality or building department.

Sometimes the designer or architect will take care of these logistics but, as builders, we want to be involved in the permit process as much as possible.

STEP 6

Construction Commences

You, as a new homeowner, can watch the building progression through Buildertrend every day. This will give you opportunities to make changes if need be according to the original blueprint of the home.

Buildertrend allows you to stay connected wherever you are, from anywhere in the world, to always see the progress of your home’s construction phase.

NO

STEP 1

Letter of Intent (LOI)

We want to meet as a team. Building a house takes cooperation and we all have to be on the same page! Let’s sign a letter of intent so we can decide when to start on your home.

STEP 2

Finding an Architect/Home Designer

The biggest difference between an architect and a home designer is licensing. To be an architect requires a degree, experience, and a license from the Architectural Registration Board which varies by state. A home designer is often just as qualified as an architect with schooling and experience, but are not typically licensed or insured.

Including CNC Homes in this step helps you coordinate your dream with real-time updates and what’s realistic with building in the current market.

Plus, having everyone working together under the same roof will help with efficiency.

A few things to think about before meeting with the experts:

    • What elements of a home are most important to you?
    • What’s your favorite style of house?
    • What’s your ideal location around Bend?

STEP 3

Preliminary Estimates

Don’t worry, CNC Homes will provide you an estimate on your dream home before anything is even set in motion so there will be no huge surprises. But some questions you need to be able to answer before we start the process include:

    • What are you trying to build?
    • Where are you trying to build?
    • How will you pay for it?

STEP 4

Financing

Who’s taking care of the financing? If you don’t yet have financing in order, we can suggest local or national lending options. 

STEP 3

Submit Plan to the Design Review Committee (DRC)

This could take a few months. Be patient!

There are 3 phases of approval:

      1. Preliminary Approval
      2. Architectural Drawings Approval
      3. Construction Approval

STEP 4

Apply for Permits

This is the step where you’ll be approved to build with your local municipality or building department.

Sometimes the designer or architect will take care of these logistics but, as builders, we want to be involved in the permit process as much as possible.

    STEP 5

    Construction Commences

     You, as a new homeowner, can watch the building progression through Buildertrend every day. This will give you opportunities to make changes if need be according to the original blueprint of the home. 

    Buildertrend allows you to stay connected wherever you are, from anywhere in the world, to always see the progress of your home’s construction phase.

    Lot preparation/drc Requirements

    This stage includes site requirements from the DRC and CNC Homes before construction. Some things we’ll discuss here include: 

    DRC Requirements:

      • Application
      • Color Board
      • Specific DRC Guidelines
      • Fees

    CNC Requirements:

      • CNC Signature Construction Fencing
      • Construction Utility Setup
      • Signage
      • Gated/Locked Construction Site

    Next will come several different land surveys of your home site. In this stage we will ensure there is adequate access at the site for building equipment, and that certain aspects of the build are protected. We take pride in each and every CNC Homes site, making sure it is clean and respectful of our environment, neighbors, and communities.

    Construction Bidding Process

     Preliminary Estimates

    Rough estimates can be generated once an idea of the home is understood. The reason we like to be involved so early in the process, even before design if possible, is to help you through the process from start to finish. We have a good understanding of where budgets can get out of hand or about how much certain features can add to a home.

    Once we have initial blueprints, the steps to building a house begin with submitting your plans to our team of vendors and subcontractors. 

    Rough Estimate for Financing

    We will do preliminary pricing as early as possible to present to your financial institution. Some things we will want to discuss before putting these numbers together include:

    • Appliances
    • Flooring
    • Solid surfaces

    This will allow us to have a better understanding of how the finances fit with your vision. 

    Final Construction Budget

    We will move forward once we have a full set of approved engineered construction drawings and have discussed finishes with you.

    The final estimate is a more detailed idea of the finishes inside your home. Next, we move into the hard-bid phases of your home pricing. The choices we discuss are not concrete decisions, but a snapshot for us to better understand the scope, quality, and features that we are aiming for.

    With this understanding, we can get more accurate bids from our subcontractors and suppliers.

    Typically, the discussions and choices from here to actual order will adjust based on cost, availability, or change of priority through the construction of your home. This is for discussion and initial targets. Some examples of what we will go over at this stage are exterior finishes like garage doors, painting, windows, patios, and more, and interior finishes like trim, carpet, plumbing fixtures, appliances, fireplaces, and more.

     

    steps to building a house

    Construction

     

    Once the site is prepared for building, the building costs are captured in the categories shown in all quotes and electronic data. Building your home takes place using one category after another until completion. The steps to building a house are all tracked and visible in Buildertrend to ensure all costs and time are accounted for and approved.

    CNC Homes looks forward to working with you through these processes and becoming your builder!