Whether utilizing or modifying one of our diverse variety of plan designs, or creating a new concept from scratch, the kick-off for the design process is a very thorough, collaborative meeting with our team. Unlike other plan designers and builders, the Collins Builders approach brings both experienced architectural design and construction team members into the early discussions and meetings, allowing us to focus on both the design needs of the client and the budget simultaneously.
The intention isn’t just to complete a checklist of preferences, but to exceed the expectations of our clients from the very beginning. The process centers around conversation and truly understanding the way our clients live their lives. The best custom design, we believe, is more than aesthetics—it should reflect the personal needs and desires of our clients.
Our team will create the design that brings the vision to life. The Collins team examines all aspects of the property itself, how the client plans on actually utilizing and living in their new home, and, of course, the consideration of the budget.
The shape and topography of the home site matters as well. Our designs are intended to take advantage of views, natural light, and the surrounding area, where possible. Energy efficiency is also critical to great design, and we apply this principle to every home design. Equally important is the construction team’s input and knowledge on the homes oreintation on the lot and the engineering and structural considerations of the home.
While our Design team is developing the floor plans, elevations, electrical and roofing plans, flashing details, etc., our team will work with the client to create their detailed construction specifications. With hundreds of detailed items of everything you could ever want to know about your future home—from the PSI of the concrete slab to the height of your shower heads—you’ll be an informed homeowner.
From site preparation, to permitting, to foundation and framing, to paint colors, appliances and more, all details for the project will be assembled in a personalized, detailed Specification Manual to reflect all of the tasks included in the project.
Visualizations are a critical component to our design process. State-of-the-art technology allows us to see, in full color, the interior and exterior architecture of the home. This makes it much easier to communicate the overall vision and see what different materials will look like in the various spaces.
Once plans are completed, the design & construction teams will review the final design in detail. Together, they’ll develop a full color conceptual rendering of the layout of the new home. The client will get a clear idea of what the home will look like from the outset. At the same time, we’ll produce a sales price and contract documents. These details help to give our clients the peace of mind that they can build the home they want within the chosen budget.
We want our clients to be empowered with the information they need to make the right decision for them and their family. This process, including the Specification Manual, eliminates frustration, miscommunication, and sets the tone for a much more enjoyable experience throughout the home building process.
Once plans are completed and the contract is executed, our Interior Design Team will coordinate appointments to select interior and exterior finishes for the home. For those who’d rather be liberated from decision-making, our Interior Design Team will do all the heavy lifting for you. No matter how much or how little you’d like to be part of it, our goal is to create a process that suits our clients just as much as the future home itself.
While clients focus on finalizing the exterior and interior selections of the home, we’ll be busy preparing the necessary Detailed Construction Documents and Permits. Another advantage of the design-build method of delivery is that our team will secure the construction permits from local, city, and state agencies as required.
Next, the team moves seamlessly to the construction phase of the project.
For the Collins Builders team, taking the project from design to construction is seamless. The hand-off from the office to the construction team consists of several internal meetings and a formal Plan Review meeting with the client to kick off construction.
As soon as permits are issued, we’ll break ground and begin construction. At this stage, you’ll already have a thorough understanding of how the home will look and what will be in it—now, it’s simply a matter of watching your construction team make it a reality.
Throughout the construction process, Collins Builders completes a comprehensive suite of inspections and quality assurance checks. These include:
- 3rd party inspections at every major stage of construction (i.e, pre-slab pour, electrical and mechanicals, etc.) to validate the quality of our work.
- Regular walkthroughs with your Project Manager at each stage of construction where we double and triple check that everything is progressing the way you want it.
- Continuous Punch List System that allows us to track each trade and review their punch list at each stage of construction. This eliminates costly errors and rework.
- Homeowner Orientation and Final project review walkthroughs with the client.
- 11-month quality assurance inspections. Sometimes you need to live in your home for a while before you notice minor cosmetic needs. Collins Builders has an easy-to-use online warranty request system allows you to forward any items that need attention, which we then come out and review for our clients.
To ensure the longevity and quality of each new home, Collins Builders is diligent about building according to proven product installation techniques, scientific methodologies and local building codes. Below are just a few stages of the homebuilding process. Although every home is different, the Collins Builders quality standard is adhered to for each new home:
- Step 1: Pour the Slab
- Step 2: Build the Frame
- Step 3: Install Mechanicals (wiring, plumbing, & duct work)
- Step 4: Install the Roof
- Step 5: Insulate and Sheet Rock
- Step 6: Install Cabinets, Trim, & Paint
- Step 7: Bring in Countertops, Appliances, Plumbing & Electrical Top-Out
- Step 8: Install Flooring, Hardware, Mirrors & Glass
- Step 9: Final Touches & Final Clean
It’s time to make your concept a reality, and to enjoy your new home.
At Collins Builders, we do more than build great homes. We protect them with an exceptional warranty to give you the best compliment to luxury: peace of mind.