HOW WE WORK
Our Simple Process
During initial no-cost consultations at the site,
we will discuss with you the project (new construction
or remodeling) in detail and offer general recommendations
on advancing the construction process.
the scope of the project and budget range is mutually
agreed upon, we ask you to sign a general letter of
intent to proceed.
at no cost to you, we participate in design concept
meetings with the architect to ensure that you receive
great design at an affordable cost.
Step 1. Engage Our Construction Services
We often work on a
FIXED COST basis. In this method we quote up
front the total cost of the new construction including
Any cost overruns or cost savings accrue
to our company.
The advantage of Fixed Cost
to you is that the cost of your new home or remodeling project is known in advance.
A second way to
hire us is on a
COST PLUS A PERCENTAGE FEE basis.
In this method we take multiple bids for each trade
and pass all costs and cost savings directly to you.
There is an "open book" accounting and our fee is
a percentage of those costs.
A variation of this method is a COST PLUS FIXED FEE method.
Here, we also
take multiple bids for each trade and there is an "open book" accounting, but our fee is a fixed dollar amount.
Step 2. Apply for New Construction Permit
Glenn Gutnayer Custom Homes will fill out all forms required for permit.
Depending on the community, permits usually issue in 3-6 weeks.
Step 3. Begin Construction (For New Construction)
Demolish existing house: 3 days. Sell any reusable
parts of the home and place remaining debris
in dumpster for sorting and recycling by waste
Surveyor staking: 1 day. Set top of foundation
elevation, building corners and foundation offsets.
Trees Protection, inspection: 2 days. Prune
roots near foundation. Install protective tree
fencing around all trees. Remove trees where
Excavation: 2 days: Strip topsoil to save for
backfill, excavate foundation, haul away clay
Frame and pour foundation footings, inspection:
Form and pour foundation walls, inspection:
Pour basement floor: 1 day
Cure concrete: 1 week. No work while concrete
strengthens to full strength.
Rough carpentry framing: 3-5 weeks. Install
floor joints, build walls, and install roof
Dry-In. 1 week. Install exterior waterproof
membrane on walls. Cover roof with protective
Rough-in HVAC, plumbing and electric, all rough-in
inspections. 3 weeks
Install windows and Exterior stone/masonry:
Install roof and counter flashing: 1-2 weeks.
Spray Foam Insulation, inspection: 3 days.
Drywall, tape and sand: 3 weeks. Install 5/8"
standard drywall throughout. Mold resistant
drywall in base-ment and blue board /Durarock
in bathrooms for tiles.
Prime Drywall: 2 days.
Install hardwood floors: 10 days.
Install window trim, doors and baseboard: 2
Install tiles, cabinets and other trim: 2-3
Trim out HVAC, plumbing electric, door hardware:
Install hardscapes and landscaping: 1 week.
All final inspections: 1 day.
Install carpeting: 2 days
Clean up: 2 days.
Warranty: 1 year. Full coverage from closing
Enjoy your new home: A lifetime!
For a free consultation, please
call Glenn Gutnayer at 847.962.3529 or email him at