» Construction Process
At the Preconstruction Meeting you will have the opportunity to sit down with your Construction Coordinator and Sales Manager to review your new home.
This meeting will give you an opportunity to ask your Construction Coordinator and Sales Manager specific questions relating to the actual construction of your new home.
Your Construction Coordinator will review every aspect of your home from the placement on the home site to a review of your interior selections.
Your Construction Coordinator will also be able to set expectations with you regarding the construction process and timeline specific to your new Lombardo Home.
At this time your new Lombardo Home will transform from a vacant piece of land to a construction site.
During this process you will notice your basement is excavated, your foundation footings and walls are poured, a waterproofing membrane is sprayed on the outside of your basement walls, drain tile and peastone are laid around the perimeter of your foundation wall footings, your home will be backfilled, and the trenching and block work for your garage will be installed.
During this process, the first of several Quality In-line Inspections will be conducted by your Construction Coordinator.
During the Foundation In-Line Inspection your Construction Coordinator will check your foundation walls for several key areas.
At the Rough Framing stage your dreams will begin to take shape. You will now begin to see your dream home right before your eyes.
The structural steel, lumber, floor system, and engineered roof trusses will be delivered to your home and one of Lombardo Homes highly skilled sub-contractor carpentry crews will begin to assemble your home. The carpentry process will begin by setting the structural steel on the foundation to support the house. After this is done, your i-joists will be installed, followed by the first floor sheathing, first floor walls, second floor i-joists, second floor walls, roof trusses, roof sheathing, and then a day or two to wrap everything up.
Upon completion of rough framing and prior to the installation of your mechanicals, your Construction Coordinator will complete the Frame In-Line Inspection, during this time he will confirm that your home is constructed with the specific options that you have selected as well as confirming the quality of the construction of your home. The Construction Coordinator will also inspect several key areas of the framing of your home such as room dimensions, window dimensions, elevations, bearing points.
Now that your home is constructed, its time to install the “guts” of your home.
Over the next several days you will see your home transform from an empty shell to something very special.
This is when everything that is going to be covered up with insulation and drywall is installed. While on the outside you may see the installation of your windows and roof shingles, inside is where all activity is going on. First your rough plumbing will be installed including your tubs and showers. You will also see all of your water supply lines and drains ran in your walls and ceilings.
Once the plumbing is complete, the heating and cooling contractor will be in to install all of the ductwork necessary to move fresh air in and old air out of each room in your house. After the heating and cooling contractor is complete you will notice all of the electrical wires, switch boxes, light openings, and phone/cable locations installed in your new home. After the rough mechanicals have been completed you will notice that the energy seal package will be installed on your home. This step seals your house up tight with a combination of spray foam and caulk in all cracks and gaps to ensure that there is not any air infiltration into your home causing you unnecessary costs in your heating and cooling bills.
Once all of your rough mechanicals are installed several inspections will be conducted by the local building department to ensure that the mechanical components along with the construction of your home comply with any and all municipal building codes.
Upon the approval of all necessary inspections, your Construction Coordinator will complete a Rough Mechanical In-Line Inspection to verify that all of components of the mechanical system are installed to Lombardo Homes specifications as well as confirm that those items specific to your home are installed prior to the installation of Insulation and Drywall.
You will be contacted near this point of construction to meet your Construction Coordinator at your new home for the Pre Drywall Orientation Meeting.
During this meeting you will walk your new home to inspect the inner workings, view the quality of the products installed, verify the optional features selected and review the expectations and normal happenings for the remaining construction schedule.
Insulation & Drywall
Now that you have had an opportunity to review the status of your home and all required inspections have been conducted, you will see your new home come to life.
The first thing to happen is the insulation will be installed in your exterior walls and in your attic.
Once we have insulated the home properly you will see several days of drywall installation take place.
First the drywall will be hung on the walls and ceilings of your home.
Typically this is a one to two day process. After the drywall is installed, there will be several days of taping and finishing the drywall.
On or around the time that the drywall work has begun in your new home, you will also see the exterior begin to take life.
The exterior features such as brick and siding will be installed.
During this phase of construction your Construction Coordinator will be confirming the quality of the drywall installation as well as the exterior features of your new Lombardo Home.
Interior & Exterior Finishes
Now that the drywall is complete, things begin moving very quickly.
Almost everyday there will be something new going on in your home.
First the interior trim consisting of your interior doors, base moldings, and cabinets will be installed.
The next step will be paint.
But just before paint your Construction Coordinator will conduct another In-Line Inspection.
During the Trim/Spot In-Line your Construction Coordinator will confirm the quality of the interior trim and drywall prior to painting the interior of your home.
During this phase of construction you will also see the remaining items on the exterior of your home take shape like the driveway, sidewalks, porch posts, garage doors, and exterior painting.
Because your home is being built in an ever changing climate, these items may be completed at different stages of construction depending on the weather and time of year.
Once we have ensured that the trim and drywall are ready for paint, all the fun will begin on the interior of your home.
The interior of your home will be painted, flooring will be installed, and countertops will go in. Once this is all done, your final mechanicals will be installed.
This will consist of your plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, plugs & switches, and floor registers.
As soon as your interior finishes are in, your house will be cleaned, carpet will be installed and your Construction Coordinator will conduct one more Quality In-Line inspection from your Construction Coordinator.
At the Completed Home In-Line Inspection, your Construction Coordinator will ensure the home is ready for the new homeowner to move in.
New Home Orientation Walk
Now that your new homes has passed all the required municipal inspections, received a Certificate of Occupancy and the Construction Coordinator has completed their final Quality In-Line Inspection, you and ProHome will complete a very detailed walk through of your new home.
During this meeting, you will not only inspect the entire home but you will also be educated on all the inter-workings of your new home.