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  Steps to Designing A Custom Home  
Outline of the Constructions Process Elements
Here is a typical example of the process of building a home. Depending upon the nature of your particular project, some of these steps may not be include.

Purchase of land (if not already complete).
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Creation of a “Plat of Survey”
An official document of the building location is needed by architects and the builder.
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Review of permits and zoning regulations
State and local zoning requirements should be initially reviewed to ensure that the project will not be cancelled due to any misuse of the property.
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Project Architecture: Without a plan
we frequently help our potential clients gather ideas about how their land or existing home can be designed to their taste. Once the client is comfortable with the overall project concepts, an architect can be recommended. We then form a team of the client, the architect and our staff. The architect is responsible for developing a detailed building plan aided by the client and RSavino Custom Homes.
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Project Architecture: With a plan
If we have an approved architectural plan, we can proceed to quoting a price and schedule for your house after we have met with you. Note that a detailed architect plan might be revised to match the construction codes of the state, county, or city.
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RSavino Custom Homes Proposal
Construction materials and selection of finishes are discussed. If the client can provide a complete selection of all items (electrical fixtures, cabinets, flooring, countertops, trim, plumbing fixtures, etc.) an accurate cost can be provided to the client. Otherwise, the proposal will contain allowances for those selections that are not finalized. See: Allowances.
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Selection of Proposal / Contract
Once the proposal has been accepted a contract will be established between RSavino Custom Homes and the client. The timeframe for construction will have been estimated. A start date for the project is generally two weeks from the date of contract signing (assuming RSavino Custom Homes will not occur any delays in obtaining building permits from the local governance). If the contract signing is delayed, the estimated project completion date might have to be revised.
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Project Schedule(s)
When the contract is signed RSavino Custom Homes provides the client with a Building Schedule, Selection Schedule and Billing Schedule.
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Building schedule
Every project has unique qualities that create variances in scheduling. For a general idea of the time it takes to build a new home (after contract signing) of approximately 3,500 square feet starting in July (the time of the year also affects the length of time to build) we would quote 6 months to move in date.
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Selection schedule
The client is given a schedule of the dates in which their selections (plumbing, lights, cabinets, floors, brick/stone, etc. ) needs to be finalized. If the client delays their selections past these dates, the overall project time might be delayed.
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Billing schedule
The billing schedule defines when the client will be required to make progress payments towards the building project. Delays in payment can affect the project completion date.

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