Diamante Custom Homes offers cutting edge, professional design and planning along with the finest quality home construction services. Our simplified approach makes building your new home an enjoyable and seamless process. Outlined below is the typical progression of our Design & Build phases.
Phase I: Design Services
To begin the design process, Keith Norman, Business Development of Diamante Custom Homes, will meet with you to gain an understanding your current and future family size, lifestyle and housing needs, and most importantly YOUR BUDGET. You are encouraged to bring photographs, sketches, magazine cut-outs, or any items that represent what you are looking for in your new home. Our goal is to bring to life a project that best expresses your personality and desires, so we encourage all of our clients to share with us their thoughts, ideas and dreams. We will gather basic information such as the number of bedrooms, baths and living areas you need; approximate square footage; where you spend most of your time at home; your need for entertainment areas such as a game room, media room, wine cellar; number of garage bays; outdoor kitchen/terraces, pool and decks; one story vs. two story, etc. One of the most important parameters to be discussed during this meeting is overall project budget, what we like to call “The Target”.
Whether building on your property or ours, a plat of the property including topographical data and mature tree locations is very important to the design team’s conceptual planning. Site surveys are performed to determine whether a proposed location is suitable under current conditions. Prelim Design work may include site visits to measure and document existing conditions at your property, research of building code and zoning laws, research of the covenants & restrictions in your neighborhood, discussions with local government agencies and consultations with construction subcontractors to evaluate the project’s feasibility. With this information, and the ideas and concepts from the Project Vision Meeting, we are prepared to design a preliminary sketch that attempts to address all of the desired elements of the new home.
The design and budget parameters are established, and the client’s functional and aesthetic goals are expressed through the conceptual process of schematic Design. The goal of Preliminary Design is to illustrate proposed solutions to the established design goals. Preliminary Design drawings may be sketched freehand or drawn on the computer using AutoCAD software.
Here, initial sketches of the home’s floor plan components are created. These sketches will show all desired elements of the home including number of bedrooms, outdoor living areas, etc.
Now the customer will review Auto CADD versions of the sketches designed in Step 4.
All revisions made in Step 5 will be implemented into the Revised Floor Plan.
At this stage, the first hand drawings of the front elevation or façade are created and integrated with the floor plan
Revisions are made to the front elevation and further refinements are made to the floor plan.
At this point, three or four versions of the floor plan and two revised versions of the front elevation selections have been created in Auto CADD and the plans are approaching their final version. Given the firmness of the plans, an estimate of the final project cost is presented to the buyer.
Step 10 involves the creation of the project specs that are very detailed and will include material allowances. These specs allow the buyer to choose the particular cabinets, windows, countertops, fixtures, etc., that will populate the house. Once the list is created, the client may revise all selections before proceeding to the next step.
Now, the builder will develop blueprints detailing the locations of all furniture and home accessories the buyer proposes as well as plans for preliminary interior design specs.
All designs are at least 90% complete at this stage and the builder presents the buyer with the most updated and accurate cost projections.
The buyer will now review and approve the comprehensive set of building plans that will allow the builder to proceed to final construction drawings and specs
Phase 2: Construction
The buyer will sign a copy of the blueprints, specs and the builder contract and pays the initial down payment.
Also, all plans are submitted to local governmental agencies and HOA for approval.
At this step the Interim Construction Loan is closed with the bank and all governmental and HOA approvals have been received
Groundbreaking will commence at this stage and actual construction begins.
The buyer will physically select all paint colors, stone, tile, marble, etc., with the assistance of an interior designer.
The builder will schedule a series of appointments at each of the above stages to allow the buyer to view progress and make any suggestions along the way.
All phases of construction shall be inspected for proper compliance with applicable codes.
Builder and Buyer walk through the home and survey each feature to ensure all touch up and final details are finalized to the customer’s complete satisfaction.
At this stage, the interim construction loan is paid off and the final mortgage is signed and finalized. The builder is paid the final draw. The buyer assumes mortgage payments and is able to begin moving into the new home.
Phase 3: Service After Move In
In the very unlikely event of an emergency, any issues related to the new home’s construction will be resolved and remedied immediately.
During the first 30 days after move-in, the buyer will create a new touch-up list (if necessary) and at the end of this period, the builder will fix any issues.
After the new home has gone through its first four seasons and the house has begun to settle permanently, the builder will send a contractor to repair and paint and/or drywall touch-ups. The contractor is at the buyers disposal for two full work days for unlimited fixes to paint and drywall.
This is analogous to an automobile’s “bumper-to-bumper” warranty, meaning that all builder-installed fixtures and appliances are covered for performance and workmanship for one year.
This warranty ensures that all major systems such as Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical and Appliances are covered for proper delivery of service.
The new home is covered until year 10 by an insurance policy that covers all warrantable repairs. In the event any major repairs were needed (such as foundation cracks, pool leaks or framing sags, etc.) the insurance company HBW will contract all repairs. HBW strictly screens all builders wishing to purchase this type of policy, and Diamante Custom Homes is pleased to offer this exceptional policy to its customers.