1. Pre-construction

At the pre-construction meeting, you sit down with your sales person, superintendent and possibly a customer service representative for a final review of your dream home package. Together, we will verify the placement of the house, review the blueprints and review what to expect during the building process.


Once city and county permits are cleared, construction can begin.

Quality Checkpoint:  Pre-pour checkpoint includes a thorough review of the homesite prior to beginning any construction

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8. Homeowner Orientation

The Homeowner Orientation provides buyers with the opportunity to become acquainted with their new home prior to moving into it.


During the orientation, a Carriage Custom Homes Service Representative provides a thorough demonstration of the completed home (e.g., mechanical components, appliances, etc.) and reviews items covered by the warranty.

2. Foundation

The first step to building a quality home is laying the foundation. Carriage Custom Homes analyzes soil conditions, ground integrity, government requirements, wind patterns and home size to ensure that a quality structural system is built for your home. And, we use post-tension engineering to help ensure the stability and integrity of each foundation.

Quality Checkpoint: Before construction begins, the foundation and post-tension engineering are checked for proper squareness and size.

5. Drywall

Drywall is stocked in the home while insulation, gas meters and permanent power connections are installed. It frequently takes two full days to hang interior drywall.


Drywall taping and finishing are scheduled to take approximately five days, and then blown insulation is installed. After the interior walls are touched up, the walls and ceiling are textured.

Quality Checkpoint:  There are two checkpoints before drywall begins and after its completion: Upon cleaning up any drywall debris, FCMs check all walls and ceilings for finish and consistency.

At Carriage Custom Homes we have a proven a step-by-step plan, Built-to-Order process, from the first construction phase to the final inspection where you are given the keys to your new home. 


During each construction phase, there is a minimum of one quality check point that must be passed in order to move on to the next phase.  Listed below is more information about each phase.

6. Trim and Finish Details

Now the fun really starts... All of the choices you made for your home are starting to pay off.


During this phase, you will begin to recognize the home you designed and imagine the future you'll create.

  • Walls are prime-painted and prepared for final finish, while interior trim, cabinets, counters and sinks are installed
  • Completion of electrical systems occurs as wire shelving, bath accessories and mirrors are installed
  • Ceramic tile and any vinyl and/or wood flooring are installed
  • Any necessary grading occurs outside (weather permitting) as hardware fixtures, shoe molding and carpeting are installed
  • Final touches (gutters, mailboxes, garage door openers, etc.) are completed as the entire home is cleaned


Quality Checkpoint:  Three quality checkpoints, trim, pre-carpeting, and pre-final are conducted during this phase.  Interior trim is examined for fit and quality of installation.  HVAC systems are finished as a pre-final quality check focuses on all completed areas of the home.

Pre-final quality review of entire home.

4. Plumbing and Electrical

During this one-to-three week phase, air conditioning, heating, ventilation, plumbing and electrical wiring are installed.

  • Once the roof is installed, the exterior detail work begins including trim, windows and doors
  • HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) and plumbing systems are “roughed-in” as exterior trim is completed
  • The electrical system is “roughed-in” during a two day period
  • Exterior trim is painted as activity continues inside
  • Roofing as well as the installation of phone, cable and other electrical systems occur simultaneously


Quality Checkpoint:  All mechanical systems are inspected for quality of installationand proper functioning.

7. Final 3rd Party Inspection

Workers wait until this final week to install the flooring to protect your carpets and hardwood from boots, nails and dust. Any minor adjustments take place now.

  • Appliances are installed
  • Door and window screens are installed
  • Carpeting is installed
  • Various final inspections (bank, city, etc.), garage cleaning and paint touch-ups take place


Quality Checkpoint:  Upon completion of the finals, one last quality check is conducted prior to scheduling the homeowner orientation.

3. Lumber Drop and Framing

The frame is the skeleton of your home. Frames can be wooden, cement block or other materials based on specific conditions. The framing stage usually takes one to four weeks and consists of the following:

  • First floor is constructed and the walls are started
  • Once the first-floor walls are up, construction begins on the second-floor system, (if applicable), using engineered floor joists
  • As the second floor is finished, roof trusses arrive at the homesite
  • When the rook trusses are in place, the entire roof is installed


Quality Checkpoint:  During the framing stage, there are three separate checkpoints: The frame of the house is checked for correct sizing, squareness and workmanship.