Building StepsBuilding your Dream Home, Step-By-Step
The first step in building your new Briggs Home is to pick your lot. We have a variety of building lots including corner, tree-lined and walk-out basement lots in many locations in Lexington and the surrounding areas.
At Briggs Homes, you have the opportunity to customize your new home in many different ways. Our design professionals will provide you with the options and upgrades that are currently available. We encourage our customers to modify our existing plans to suit their needs, ranging from moving a wall to locating their electrical outlets.
Briggs Homes has a very structured building process that allows it to efficiently build your new home while maintaining the high level of quality construction you expect in your new home. Our build time for your new home ranges from three to five months, depending on the size and style of the home.
At Briggs Homes, we have a large selection of materials and products at our Design Center to choose from that allow you to customize your new home. Visit our design center to select your cabinets, flooring, paint, light fixtures, brick and much more. We have a dedicated team of “Selections Specialists” ready to walk you through the selection process. You will attend a one on one meeting with your onsite agent at our convenient design center at 3280 Polo Club to determine the interior and exterior elements of your home.
Major Construction Phases
Site Work of Lot:
The first stage of construction for your new home is the site work. During this stage, a Professional Engineer will survey the lot you have selected and the necessary permits will be obtained from the local government. The lot is then flagged to show the boundaries of the home and a rock construction entrance is built to allow safe access during construction.
After the engineering work has been completed, the foundation will be installed, including a concrete footer with steel reinforcement and concrete block foundation walls. The foundation walls are then backfilled with stone and the plumbing ground work is installed. After the foundation and plumbing have been inspected and approved, it is time to start the framing.
Now that the foundation has been built, the framing of the home will begin. This stage includes building the wood stud walls, roof trusses, doors and windows.
After the walls have been built and inspected, Briggs Homes will install custom House Wrap which acts a moisture barrier and to control air infiltration.
Exterior Finish & Mechanical Installation:
After the house has been framed and the doors and windows are installed, the exterior materials and mechanical equipment will be completed. On the exterior, your choice of brick and siding will be installed along with our standard asphalt shingles on the roof. On the inside, the plumbing, electrical and HVAC mechanical equipment will be installed. Upon completion of these items, a Quality Control inspection is performed by a Briggs Homes team member to ensure that the framing and mechanical equipment is installed properly and meets our high standard of construction. In addition, all mechanical systems and framing will have third party inspections before the home is drywalled.
Insulation and Drywall:
After all the inspections have been approved, the insulation will be installed. This includes fire-caulking all penetrations within in the home and the batt insulation is installed in the exterior walls. After the insulation is complete the drywall will be hung and finished.
Trim, Painting, Cabinets, Flooring & Fixtures
The next stage of construction is to install the “finishes” of your Briggs Home. This includes installing the baseboards, interior doors, paint, cabinets, flooring and fixtures. The home will then go through another Quality Control inspection by a Briggs Homes team member, as well as third-party inspections of the mechanicals and interior safety features (such as smoke detectors).
Once your new home is substantially completed a representative from Briggs Homes will perform a “pre-walk” inspection of your home. You will walk the home room-by-room with the Briggs superintendent and the Real Estate agents to make a list of any items that need special attention. Our goal at this walk-through is to provide our valued customers the opportunity to “fine tune” their home prior to closing. Upon completion of this walk-thru, our professional subcontractors will make all necessary repairs and adjustments to the home, and our Briggs Quality Control staff will check the features of the home to make they are working properly. The home will also have a drywall and paint touch-up, as well as a final cleaning on the home. Our goal is always 100% satisfaction for our customers at closing.
Final Walk Through/Home Orientation:
Prior to your closing the Briggs staff will perform a Final Walk-Though and Home Orientation to educate you on the various functions of your new home. Upon entering the home for the final walk-through, the customer will see a completely finished home. The Briggs superintendent will walk each room with the customer explaining how the features work. They will also discuss the Briggs home warranty and call-back procedures. Standing behind our homes after they have closed is very important to Briggs Homes and we want to make sure every customer understands the warranty procedures.
After the final walk-through is completed it is off to closing. The Real Estate agents and Briggs Closing Coordinator will accompany the buyer to the closing. At the closing, the customer will sign the 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, the 1-year Builder Limited Warranty, and receive a closing packet full of important information about your new Briggs Home.
Long after you have unpacked, Briggs Homes is still working for you.
60-Day Follow Up:
After living in your home for 60-days, you will fill out the 60-Day Call Back form found on the Briggs Homes website. We will review this callback list within 2 weeks, then contact the customer and subcontractors to schedule any necessary warranty work. We also provide the phone numbers of our sub-contractors so that the customer may contact them directly for warranty work.
1-Year Follow Up:
After living in your home for 1 year, you will fill out the 1-Year Call Back form found on the Briggs Homes website. Again, we will contact you to schedule the warranty work with our subcontractors.