Building Process

We’re With You Every Step of the Way

There’s a lot to know about the building process, and we keep you informed and involved throughout your home’s construction. We take pride in sharing our knowledge and experience with you. Read on to find out how your CBS home will be built. As you begin to understand the process, you’ll know what you can look forward to during the exciting weeks ahead.

Before Construction Begins:

Construction usually begins 21-30 days after you sign the a purchase Contract. It is, however, subject to potential holdups such as local government approvals, utility availability, construction backlogs, delay in the developer’s delivery of lots, availability of materials and contractors, changes requested by the homebuyer and the degree of difficulty encountered in initiating those changes plus the time for independent inspections. The most frequent cause of delay is usually weather, specifically rain or other poor conditions.

Your CBS Sales Professional will be able to tell you when construction should begin on your home, as well as the average number of days for normal construction in your community.

The Construction Process:

The construction of a CBS Home is divided into multiple stages. Click on each item below to learn more:

Homesite Preparation
It all starts here! During this phase permits and approvals are secured from the local building authority. CBS determines where your home will sit on the homesite. Your home’s position and orientation (“right” or “left”) is determined by such factors as terrain, drainage, utility easements, and municipal requirements for setback and side yards. Due to technical requirements, CBS Builders assumes sole discretion for home placement.

In this stage:
  • Your homesite is surveyed and marked to show final positioning.
  • The land is cleared of obstructions, and the soil is prepared for construction.
  • Existing trees may be removed from the homesite as necessary, based on state and local laws and sound building practices. CBS does not accept responsibility for the life of existing trees.
  • All of our foundations are designed and inspected by a licensed professional engineer.
This is one of the most important stages of construction. All of our foundations are designed by a licensed professional engineer and are inspected by a technical representative of the engineer before and during concrete placement.

In this stage:
  • Plumbing and electrical undergrounds are installed.
  • Beams are trenched.
  • The vapor barrier is put in place.
  • Reinforcing cables are installed in the forms.
  • Concrete is placed to complete the foundation.
  • Lot grade is established.
After the foundation is in place, the structure is ready to be framed, a process that normally takes one to two weeks.

In this stage:
  • The framing for each floorplan is individually engineered to meet structural requirements.
  • Wood studs, beams, floor joists and/or roof trusses, and rafters are used to create the skeletal structure of the home.
  • The exterior walls, interior walls, and roof are erected.
  • Frames are inspected per local requirements.
Exterior Trim
This is sometimes referred to as the cornice/roof stage. Once it’s completed, the house is considered "dried in."

In this stage:
  • 7/16" OSB plywood & Tyvek wrapping completed.
  • Windows and exterior rear doors are installed.
  • The eaves, fascia, and overhang are built.
  • Siding goes up.
  • For some homes, brick/stone is installed during this stage.
  • Roof decking and shingles are put into place.
Mechanical Rough/Insulation
It can be difficult to see the progress that’s being made during this stage, but important work is going on inside the walls of your home.

In this stage:
  • Wiring and cables are installed, including electric,cable, telephone, and plumbing lines.
  • HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) equipment and ducts are installed.
  • insulation is added to all exterior corners, plates on the first floor, doors and windows, and penetration of wall plates common to the attic.
  • Once the mechanical systems are installed and inspected, insulation is placed in the exterior walls.
  • Mechanical systems are inspected per local requirements.
This is an exciting stage. Finally, your home is beginning to look less like a construction project and more like a home.

In this stage:
  • The sheetrock, also called drywall, is installed.
  • Sheetrock is then taped and floated to cover fastener holes and seams.
Interior Trim
The trim stage focuses on the fine carpentry details that finish a home.

In this stage:
  • Bath and kitchen cabinets are installed.
  • Moldings and baseboards are installed.
  • Interior doors are hung.
  • Stairs are installed
Painting brings color and personality to your home. We use premium paint from Sherwin Williams.

In this stage:

  • Interior painting, caulking, and staining begins.
  • High-grade enamel is applied to all designated trim material.
  • Exterior painting is done, dependent on weather conditions.
Mechanical Trim
Once the painting is finished, the mechanical details can be added.

In this stage:

  • Plumbing fixtures are installed.
  • Electrical fixtures are installed.
  • The HVAC compressor and thermostat are installed.
  • The HVAC components are matched for maximum efficiency.
Final Touches
Finally, many of the final details can be added to your home.

In this stage:

  • Mirrors are hung.
  • Ceramic tile and wood floors are installed (if applicable).
  • All final paint and stain is touched up.
  • Any remaining floor moldings are installed and painted.
  • Carpet is installed.
Grading and Landscaping
Once the interior of your home is complete, we focus on the outside. Then it’s time to transition the home over to you, its new owners.

In this phase:

  • Sidewalks, driveways, patios, and fencing are installed (if applicable).
  • Your home is again inspected by the local building inspectors (if applicable).
  • Your CBS Home is now ready for the homeowner demonstration, closing, and move-in.

Call Today!

For more information about the advantages of choosing CBS Builders, please call our sales center today at 304-278-3500