Once you’ve approved the preliminary cost estimate, we will provide you with a proposal for the preconstruction phase, outlining all the stages of the planning and construction process and including a project cost estimate and schedule. This proposal becomes the basis for the preconstruction phase contract (a separate construction contract will cover everything from groundbreaking to the completion of your house).
When you sign the preconstruction phase contract and provide us with a retainer of $5,000, we will begin producing the construction documents, which will describe in detail how your house is to be built.
To begin the preconstruction phase, a GO Home architect will meet with you at your building site to get a feel for the land and discuss how you envision your future home there. In siting the house—as well as a garage, barn, or other accessory structure—we will consider topography, solar orientation and views, driveway access, and all necessary utilities. We always pay careful attention to the site’s natural features, so that we ensure proper groundwater and stormwater management and protect existing landforms and vegetation. If your site does not have access to a public sewer, you will need to contact a civil engineer or septic system designer to design an on-site waste disposal system. Depending on local requirements, a civil engineer may be required to complete the site plan.
We will then update the plans and 3D model of your predesigned house to reflect your product and finish selections and your site’s unique features, generating the construction documents the construction team will use to price and assemble your house:
If you would like to make minor alterations to your house plan—for instance, changing a window or interior wall location—we will provide advice, on a time-and-materials basis, regarding cost and feasibility. Because we strive for thoroughness and accuracy throughout the design process, the completed construction documents will provide all the detail necessary to generate a fixed-price construction contract.