After permits are submitted and approved, building can begin. We create detailed construction guides outlining every aspect of your new build: 100-150 sheets with specs on everything, right down to the nuts and bolts. This amount of detail ensures that high standards are maintained throughout the building process and that the finished product is exactly what you wanted. This amount of detail also provides insight into when we need to order materials so they arrive on time.
The Welcome Homes build process is standard construction: traditional wood frame, stick-built construction typically used by top developers in the northeast. With standard construction, we can deliver a customized design and a better quality home. The frame is built on-site using high-quality wood known for its durability and longevity.
Welcome Homes offers a thoughtfully designed home, high-quality craftsmanship, and a comprehensive warranty. Our warranty program meets or exceeds state regulations and is incorporated into your Welcome Homes contract.
This is what the construction process looks like:
- The land is cleared and excavated to prepare the footings and foundation.
- The home is framed and sheathed on site. Sheathing is the process of covering the framing with plywood and a vapor barrier to keep moisture from entering your new home.
- Windows, exterior doors, roofing, and siding are installed. This completes the exterior shell of your home.
The interior build begins with routing electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. This is known as the rough mechanical phase of the job:
- The HVAC is a Hydro Air system, one of the best on the market. Unlike traditional HVAC systems that use furnaces and result in dry, unpleasant air, our heating is transferred through the boiler so it’s not dry. We also install an ERV to recirculate air and keep it clean.
- For plumbing, we use a combination of PVC piping for your drain lines and PEX tubing for your hot and cold water lines.
- Once rough mechanical is complete, we move to rough inspection to ensure all the work thus far has been performed up to code.
Next, we insulate the home. Our standard insulation is formaldehyde and VOC-free batt insulation with the appropriate R-value for your region. When insulation installation is complete, we have an insulation inspection.
- "R-value" is the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat and cooling loss.
- Now we’re ready for sheetrock, which is the beginning of the finish work. The sheetrock is hung, taped, spackled, and sanded to a smooth finish at a Level 4 grade. (Typical homebuilders finish sheetrock at a Level 3 grade; Welcome Homes ensure our homes provide a higher-quality finish.)
- A custom kitchen—cabinetry, countertops, full height backsplash, appliances—is installed.
- Bathrooms are tiled and vanities are installed.
- Doors and interior trims are installed.
- All electrical fixtures, switches, and outlets are installed, including recessed dimmable LEDs, kitchen pendants, and the dining room chandelier.
- All plumbing fixtures are installed, including faucets, sinks, showerheads, and toilets.
- All final HVAC equipment is installed and hooked up to the ductwork.
- Wide-plank, engineered hardwood flooring is installed, along with base trim.
- Ceilings and walls are finished with premium Benjamin Moore paint.
- We call for final inspections to ensure all work has been performed to code. Then we submit paperwork to the town for your Certificate of Occupancy (CO), the document that legally allows you to live in your new home.
- The entire home is thoroughly cleaned before move-in.
- Welcome Homes updates you on every step of the construction process. Our customer experience team regularly checks in with the construction team, informing you of the latest developments.
Welcome Homes offers a thoughtful design, high-quality craftsmanship, and a warranty giving you peace of mind. Our warranty statements adhere to state regulations and are incorporated into your Welcome Homes contract.
- Six-year structural coverage
- Two-year coverage on the utility of plumbing, electrical, heating, cooling, and ventilation systems
- One-year coverage on materials and workmanship
- Manufacturer-provided appliance warranty