There are many reasons to build a new home. What is the best way to get started? Who should you call first, a designer or a builder? Spoiler alert, your answer is just One Click Away.
Think building your own home has to be a stressful process?
Think again! At Embassy Construction, your needs and desires come first.
Are you building a one-story or a two-story house? How do you choose one over the other? Aside from your personal preferences - whether you like stairs or not, there are practical advantages and limitations to both.
These homes naturally create plenty of volume and natural lighting opportunities, and they also condense the footprint and roof for a more affordable build for their square footage if you're worried about accessibility, many place the master suite and/or another bedroom on the main level.
Advantages of Two Story Homes
Disadvantages of Two Story Homes
Advantages of Single Story Home
Disadvantages of Single Story Home
Still can't decide?
We're here to help.
We will work with you and guide you through the new home building process to ensure that your new home is everything you want it to be. Your home is your biggest investment, and we are committed to making certain that you enjoy it for years and years to come.
If you have not finalized where you want to build or have already selected your site, keep in mind that site specifications will influence your final plans. We can work with you and your realtor to choose one that will best fit your needs, and possibly help you save building costs.
We are a custom builder. We do not have a book of cookie-cutter floor plans from which to choose. There are many options “out there” to inspire or from which to choose. What’s important to know is that we can and will work with you to customize any plan to reflect your lifestyle.
Research financing options.
Low down payment? Flexible financing? Fifteen or 30-year mortgage? We will do whatever we can to assist you in securing home and construction loans with local lenders.
Have a pre-construction conference.
Once you have secured your financing, you will submit your deposit and sign the construction agreement. At our pre-construction conference, we will discuss the project timeline with you in meticulous detail to minimize mistakes and potentially costly change orders.
Begin construction of your dream home!
While preparing your home site, the floor deck system and roof trusses are cut and assembled at a local manufacturing facility. This saves time and money because the building process, on average, is cut by four weeks and requires fewer materials.
Go through the final inspection and closing.
Prior to closing, we will take you on a final walk-through of your new home and prepared to complete any required minor touch-ups we may have missed. Once you’ve made the final payment, you will be the proud owner of your new home built by Embassy Construction, LLC.
With your new house keys in hand, you are ready to move in.
Home sweet home.
• Apply for and Acquire Permits
• Construction Crew Levels Site
• Set Forms for Temporary Foundation
• Footings Are Installed
NOTE: Before we can put a shovel in the ground, the local building department must approve the design and provide permits. This encompasses everything from zoning and grading (changing the contour of the land to accommodate your home and driveway) to the septic systems, home construction, electrical work, and plumbing. Once permits are acquired, physical construction can begin.
• Floor System, Walls, Roof Systems Are Completed
• Sheathing the Exterior Walls, Covered With Protective Wrap
The floor systems, walls, and roof systems are completed (generally 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 water from infiltrating the structure while allowing water vapor to escape. This reduces the likelihood of mold and wood rot.
The Following Are Installed:
• Pipes and Wires
• Sewer Lines and Vents
• Water Supply Lines
• Bathtubs, Shower Units
• Ductwork for HVAC System
• HVAC Vent Pipes
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, vents, and 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 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.” An 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.
Common Types of Insulation in New Homes
• Foam Mineral Wool
• Concrete Blocks
• Insulation Concrete Forms
• Spray Foam
• Structural Insulated Panels
• Foam Board or Rigid Foam
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. Some builders 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, the 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 sidewalls, 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.
• Drywall is Hung and Taped
• Texturing is Completed
• Primary Coat of Paint is Applied
• Exterior Finishes (Brick, Stucco, Stone) Are Installed
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. Sub-Contractors begin installing exterior finishes such as brick, stucco, stone, and siding.
• Doors, Window Sills, Decorative Trim Installed
• Cabinets, Vanities, Fireplace Mantles Installed
• Final Coat of Paint
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 two finish coats of paint.
Generally, exterior driveways, walkways, and patios are formed at this stage. Some 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. We favor pouring the driveway as soon as the foundation is completed so that when homeowners visit the construction site, they won’t get their shoes muddy.
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.
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.
Mirrors, shower doors and carpeting are installed and final cleanup takes place. Trees, shrubs and grass are planted and other exterior landscaping completed.
This is where you spot items that need to be corrected or adjusted!
We 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.
It’s also an opportunity to spot items that need to be corrected or adjusted, so be attentive and observant.
This is your final opportunity to examine the surfaces of countertops, fixtures, floors, and walls for possible damage and prevent future disputes that may arise because the homeowner discovers a gouge in a countertop after move-in and there’s no way to prove whether it was caused by the builder’s crew or the homeowner’s mover.