Welcome to your new Terramor Home! We are ready to start construction! Below please find an overview of the building process. It is important to establish expectations, as well as good communication, to complete a quality home. Throughout the building process, you will be contacted periodically by your Builder Representative and your Field Manager. If you have any concerns during the process, feel free to contact them as well, as making our homeowners happy is most important to us!
The home site is surveyed and marked with stakes to show your property boundaries and the placement of your home. During our pre-start orientation meeting, we will be glad to review with you the plans we have regarding clearing, set-back, easements, drainage, and other items relating to your home site and placement of your home.
Your field manager will go over the specific details of your foundation with you. There are several common elements related to all foundations.
- Footings are installed on approved bearing soils
- Floor heights are established to assure positive drainage away from the home, relative to surrounding topography
- The foundation is poured and backfilled.
- The foundation is inspected to meet NC Building Codes
FRAMING AND CARPENTRY
At this stage, the wood studs, beams, joists, rafters and TJI’s are erected to create the skeletal frame of the home. All exterior and interior walls are put in place. The roof system is installed with a moisture barrier and moisture resistant tape for seams, valleys and ridges. Outside wood framed walls and gables are covered with 7/16” Zip Wall® panels and water resistant barrier. Windows and exterior doors are installed. The framing and carpentry stage normally takes one to two weeks to complete.
EXTERIOR FINISH AND TRIM
Once your home is framed, we concentrate on finishing the exterior, and we begin on the interior work. The roof flashing, shingles and ridge vent are installed. Gable and vinyl soffit vents are set in place. These vents work together to circulate air and remove condensation and heat from the attic. They also contribute substantially to lowering your heating and cooling bills. Next, we apply the final exterior finish, which may be brick or stone, fiber cement, or vinyl siding.
Your home’s mechanical systems include refrigerant lines, plumbing lines, heating and air conditioning ducts, and electrical, telephone, and cable wiring. Those components are installed while the walls are open and accessible. After the mechanical systems have been installed and inspected, the first stage of insulation is installed. The mechanical stage can take two or three weeks.
Before the drywall process begins, you will be scheduled to attend an important meeting with your Field Manager. At this meeting we will review a number of construction details completed in your home thus far, including insuring that items such as specific wiring, phone and cable locations you contracted for have been installed per contract.
You will be contacted after this stage to schedule your closing date and time with the attorney’s office.
Following a municipal building inspection, the walls and ceiling surfaces are covered with drywall. Once the drywall is in place, the finishing begins.
CARPENTRY, TRIM AND PAINT
The finish work continues with traditional attention to detail. Interior doors, molding and trim are installed, the cabinets and countertops are completed, and the interior painting process begins.
After the driveway and walkway are poured, the final grading is completed. We are now getting close to closing, sod and/or seed will be laid (weather-permitting).
Closet shelving, mirrors, and the floor coverings you have selected are installed. Next, all fine tuning and small adjustments are addressed.
MUNICIPAL AND QUALITY INSPECTIONS
Throughout the construction process, numerous inspections are conducted to ensure that your home is built in accordance with local building codes, as established by law. These codes are enforced by certified inspectors of the municipality in which the home is located. Typically, inspections include the footing, foundation, frame, mechanical, insulation, and final mechanical and final building. Successful completion of each individual inspection is necessary in order to proceed with the next phase of the construction process. Once your home passes the final building inspection, the municipality issues a Certificate of Occupancy.
Terramor Homes takes the inspection process one step further. In addition to the required municipal inspections, every Terramor Home goes through the Terramor Homes Quality Inspection, conducted by a quality inspector on our staff. The Terramor Homes Quality Inspection ensures that over and above the municipal standards, your home also meets our quality standards.
Shortly before closing, you will be asked to attend two important meetings with your field manager. This is a particularly exciting point for us, as we take pride in showing off your new home to you. At the first meeting, your field manager will go through the home with you, to note any items that may need adjustment or “touching-up”. It is very important that all options and features have been installed to your satisfaction prior to settlement of your new home.
- The operation of your home’s mechanical systems and appliances
- General maintenance procedures and requirements for your home and the site
- Our comprehensive warranty program and procedures for obtaining warranty service
At the second meeting, he will confirm with you that the home is now 100% complete, and meets with your approval.
**NOTE** It is crucial that you are able to devote your full attention to your home and your Field Manager’s presentation at these meetings. For this reason, it is NOT advisable to have young children with you at this time, if at all possible.
This final step in the purchase of your home is conducted at the attorney’s office. A Terramor Homes representative will contact you, to schedule the date and time.
At the closing, the attorney will review the settlement statement, lender documents (promissory notes, deed of trust, etc.), survey, restrictive covenants and other closing papers with you, and answer any questions you may have concerning these documents. At the conclusion of the closing, you will receive the keys to your new home!
A Few Things to Keep in Mind
There are many different homebuilders, locally and across the nation, and each builder has their own practices and procedures. Topography, climatic conditions, state and local building codes are all factors that influence the way Terramor Homes builds your home in the Triangle area. We follow a strict scope of work which has been designed to provide to our customers with a home of the finest quality and value possible.