OUR

PROCESS

We Need To Meet

The initial meeting with Zach Savage Custom Homes centers around identifying your wants and needs for

your project. We have a list of questions we typically ask our potential clients so that we can narrow

down the starting point of this process.

We have built every type of home in every type of budget in every type of community. Our region is diverse

and so is our experience. As we learn more about your needs and expectations we will fine tune our

discussions to those specifics. Complex or simple, large or small.

We like challenges but not as much as we like having clients who are thrilled with their new home and

the process of getting there!

Pre – Construction Services (if you so choose)

The Professional Service Agreement secures Zach Savage Custom Homes as your design contact.

We will work with you in conjunction with an architect, home designer and/or interior designer.

We will be looking for designs that accomplish a number of things:

1. They meet your goals and expectations.

2. Your plan fits on your home site and meets the community requirements.

3. We are maximizing our construction efficiencies —

  • Tracking toward your budget.

  • Low maintenance.

  • Efficient to build, no wasted spaces.

  • Maximize energy conservation & resources.

  • Anticipate potential problem areas within the design – water intrusion, change orders, structural specs

 

Estimate Preparation

We have now established the direction and nailed down the details. This is the point where we collect

bids from our trade contractors and vendors to compile a budget that meets your requests.

We will provide you with a line by line estimate of the anticipated costs of the proposed structure per the plans.

If there are areas that have not been determined as “final selections” (i.e. landscaping, floor coverings, tile)

we will create allowances to enable us to arrive at an accurate as possible estimate for your new home.​

While we are figuring out what your home is going to cost, you should know how you are going to pay for it.

Will you be working with a lender? We can help keep that process moving forward. Tell us more about what you need and let us provide you with a list of prospective local lenders.

Construction Contract

We are now officially a team. At this point, we become your builder.

Once we have a contract we will focus on the construction schedule and your financing. By now, if you are

planning to finance your home, you have narrowed down your choice of lenders.

You have likely provided your lender with tax returns and related financials.  They will want us to supply them

with a copy of the construction contract, set of construction drawings, specifications and the budget.

*Please note–the bank that provides the construction financing may not always be the bank that

retains your long term mortgage.

 

 

The Devil is in the Details

Building a custom home is all about the details and this is our specialty. You have lots of things to consider – remember we are in this together so we will be there to help you every step of the way!

Please consider your ideas in regards to the following:

  • Lighting

  • Cabinetry

  • Flooring

  • Plumbing Fixtures

  • Appliances

  • Trim Details

  • Interior & Exterior Finishing

 

 

The Start of Something Big

During construction you will get regular updates, photos, and a monthly construction itinerary & schedule.

  • We will provide a direct point of contact on your job who oversees every aspect of the jobsite, your Project Manager.

  • Site visits are great but safety first! Hardhats are required.

  • If we aren’t on site but our subcontractors are, PLEASE DON’T ask them to tell us things, as sometimes this information is not conveyed to the Project Manager.

  • Scheduled site visits with your Project Manager will be bi-weekly with phone calls on weeks in between.                 

You will always have questions or thoughts on how your job is progressing so please feel free to call

or email anytime! We are never too busy to hear from you.

Change is Sometimes Good

We understand that over the course of construction, occasionally you may change your mind.

In some circumstances, changes may be easy. In others, a change order may be required.

We encourage you to take full advantage of the design process and carefully consider every aspect

of your house plan.

One change may lead to another & we will work to anticipate the cause and effect of issues throughout

the process – and that’s OK. We will primarily be concerned with areas or details that affect the engineering, architectural review committee or long lead time items like custom windows or cabinets.

We are with you the whole way through, we will be on the lookout for areas of concern and try to head

them off before they become problems or expenses.

Change happens and it is important to all of us that we get it right – right now. We will incorporate your

request into a written format, attach any details & have you sign off on the modifications,

officially known as the ‘change order.’

 

 

The Big Day Arrives

We have made the original drawing a reality! This is an exciting time for both parties.

During this stage, we conduct the turnover by having a thorough inspection and orientation of your new

home and the incredible features you have chosen.

Most importantly, we want to make sure that everything looks and feels great. We will be generating

a ‘punchlist’ & address those items quickly so you can move in and really start living!

 

 

Three Hundred Sixty Five Days & Nights

Part of Zach Savage Custom Homes excellent reputation centers around superior customer service. We want to make sure that you are completely happy with not only your house, but your decision to choose us as

your builder. You can call us anytime, for any reason!

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