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When does the building start?

You’ve done all the work, you’ve taken the time to research what type of house you want, what features are most important to you, sorted your needs-wants-must haves list and made your decision to work with us to build your dream home. Next comes the fun part, watching your floor plan spring up to life!

Before we can put the first shovel into the ground and often before you see any action on your selected lot, there are a few steps that occur behind the scenes. This can sometimes cause some nervousness or anxiety for a homeowner, because it seems like their house is going to be delayed or something went wrong. Let’s break that myth and discover what exactly happens after you sign the contract!

To help us understand what happens, I met with Keith Almady, Co-Owner and Director of Construction at Silverthorne Homebuilders who helped explain what takes place after you sign the contract.

The first month of a home build seems static from the outside view, but behind the scenes and in the office our wheels are moving to help get the house started. Because most new homeowners add their own personal touch to our floor plans, the first step for us is to work with our architects and engineers to finalize and approve the drawings.

Backhoe about to dig a hole in ground

Once the drawings have been approved, we can move forward with applying for a permit and construction loan on the home. The permit process can span in approval time depending on other projects seeking approval within the city. The city reviews the drawings to make sure all elements align with safety and state building regulations. While this often seems like a lengthy wait, each city we build in holds high standards, which help to ensure homeowners get a quality home and neighboring homes aren’t negatively impacted by new construction.

Once the permit and construction loans are approved, we start to dig! The official dig day starts the process that turns an empty field into a beautiful home!

Keep reading for part 2 and part 3 of this series!