Once you’ve approved the preliminary 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. (Separate construction contracts—one with GO Home and one with your local builder—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 the process of adjusting your predesigned house plan to your site and producing the construction documents, which will describe in detail how it is to be built.
We will ask at this time that you retain, at your own cost, a civil engineer to draw the site plan and ensure that the new house complies with local zoning and setbacks, requirements for site access, stormwater management, wastewater management, and any other regulations that govern land use and site alterations. If your site does not have access to a public sewer, you will need to retain a civil engineer or septic system designer to design an on-site waste disposal system.
A GO Home architect will coordinate with the civil engineer to locate your house and any additional structures (for example, a garage or barn) on 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 GO Home construction team and your local builder 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 wall location—we will advise you on cost and feasibility. Because we strive for thoroughness and accuracy throughout the design process, the completed construction documents will provide all the detail necessary for GO Home and your local builder to generate fixed-price construction contracts.