new homes - The Process

The process of building a home can seem overwhelming. By breaking it down into stages, we hope that it becomes more manageable and easier to understand. Although weather conditions and other unforeseen events can result in delays, Fox & Foxx Development can generally construct your home in 5-6 months depending on the site and optional features of the home. Here are the steps we follow throughout the building process (Some items mentioned on this list are optional items that may not be included in all our homes):

STEP 1 Sales Agreement
You select your home site and your home plans. You then sign a sales agreement and secure a mortgage.
STEP 2 Preconstruction
Your home site is surveyed and staked, marking the lot boundaries and placement of the home.

Selections and Upgrades:
You then meet with our design specialist in our showroom to customize all your options.
STEP 3 Permits
Fox & Foxx Development works with appointed officials to pull all permits required to proceed with building your new home. This process can take anywhere from two to six weeks depending on which city the home site is located in. Until all permits are in place, we cannot proceed to the foundation stage.
STEP 4 Dig & Foundation (Blockwork)
The ground is excavated and your foundation is started. Once finished, the foundation is waterproofed and backfilled to grade.

Typical Timeframe: 3 WEEKS
STEP 5 Framing
Your exterior and interior walls are framed, during which time wall sheathing is added to enclose the house. Then the roofing and windows are added to further protect your home.

Typical Timeframe: 2 WEEKS
STEP 6 Mechanical
At the mechanical stage, HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems are roughed in, installing pipes, wiring and ductwork, bathtubs and shower units. Before we can proceed to the insulation stage, the framing and rough mechanicals must pass inspection by the city*. Also installed are: Fire detection system, central vac, entertainment/alarm systems. Our project manager will tour the house with you before sheetrock begins.

Typical Timeframe: 2 WEEKS
STEP 7 Insulation
Insulation is added between studs in all exterior walls, between ceiling joists forming vaults, and under any exterior floor surfaces. Gaps between framing members and around windows are then insulated to reduce potential air leaks. This stage must also pass inspection by the municipality.

Typical Timeframe: 1 WEEK
STEP 8 Drywall (Sheetrock)
Drywall is installed and finished. At this stage, closing is typically 60-days (sometimes sooner).

Typical Timeframe: 2WEEKS
STEP 9 Exterior Finishes
Since all exterior finish items are completed "weather permitting", these items will be completed between framing and inspections. Soon after framing is complete, you can expect to see stucco, brick, stone applied to the home where applicable. Driveways, sidewalks, and patios are poured.

Typical Timeframe: 2 WEEKS
STEP 10 Interior Finishes
Hardwood floors, interior doors, cabinets and trim are installed and then painted. Other materials such as tile, countertops, mirrors and flooring are installed. The HVAC, plumbing, and electrical work are also finished. This includes, but is not limited to, installing the air conditioning condenser units, humidifier, water heater, light fixtures, faucets, and appliances. Drywall and paint touchup are done, and the home is cleaned.

Typical Timeframe: 4 WEEKS
STEP 11 Landscaping
Your yard is graded to slope away from the foundation as required by city code. Deck, fence, and sprinklers are installed if these options have been added to the home, then the yard is seeded. Curbs, sidewalks, service walks and driveway is done.

Typical Timeframe: 2 WEEKS
STEP 12 Final Inspection*
A city official will conduct a final inspection of the home to ensure that it meets all current building codes. Once the interior and exterior items are found to be satisfactory, a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued. If exterior items, such as landscaping and seed are incomplete, some cities will issue a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy until those items are installed. This stage is the most difficult to estimate.

Depending on the town and the time of the year, the inspections can take anywhere from 1 - 3 weeks.
STEP 13 Walk-Through
The final walk-through is typically scheduled two to three days prior to closing. During the walk-through, Fox & Foxx Development's Project Manager will assist you in making a "punch list" of any cosmetic or mechanical defects needing attention. He will also explain the mechanical functions of the home, describe how to initiate warranty service, and give you tips on how to maintain your home. You will also be given a Homeowner Reference Guide, which explains these topics in greater detail.
STEP 14 Closing
At closing, you will sign papers officially transferring ownership of the home into your name. This is usually done at our office. Once you have closed, you will be given keys to your new home. Please be sure to have all utilities (electric, gas, and water) transferred into your name effective the date of closing. You can get a list of these companies through our office.
STEP 15 Post Closing
Warranty service may be initiated 30-days after closing, and again at 1-year after closing. If you wish to initiate this service, please do so by submitting a list to Fox & Foxx Development via facsimile, email or mail. Make your list as detailed as possible, including complete descriptions of the items needing attention. Upon receipt of your warranty service request, the Fox & Fox Development Warranty Representative will contact you to schedule an appointment to make repairs covered under the warranty. Some work may require the attention of a subcontractor, in which case they will contact you directly to schedule the work.

* NOTE REGARDING INSPECTIONS:   Although we only address the mechanical and final inspections, there are numerous inspections conducted by city officials throughout the building process. Each inspection must be passed before the next stage can commence.