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Ikon Construction - Build
Each home by Ikon Construction has an assigned superintendent responsible for constructing your home, overseeing all the workers and ensuring the final product meets all expectations. The team concentrates on a logical, step-by-step process. "There is a natural flow to the work. We won't start something until the previous phase comes to full completion," says one of our superintendents. "It's all very linear…one thing at a time." The process is methodical, but moves along briskly, aimed at getting your home move-in ready as soon as possible.
The process is divided into eight phases:
Phase 1: Pre-Construction
During the pre-construction meeting, you are invited to sit down with your sales person, superintendent and possibly a customer service representative to do a final review of your Dream Home package. Together, you'll verify the placement of the house, review the blueprints, and find out what to expect during the building process. Once city and county permits are cleared, construction can begin.
Your sales rep will remain your primary contact throughout the process, but make sure you have contact information for your superintendent as well.
Phase 2: Foundation
The foundation is the concrete structure that supports your entire house. The time required to build a foundation varies depending on your city's inspection codes and your geographic location. In cold areas, for example, frost zones must be considered. Also, in California we have to think about Earthquakes. Soil conditions, integrity of the ground, government requirements, wind, and the size of the home need to also be taken into consideration.
Ultimately, a structural engineer determines the best foundation system for your home. Then the superintendent sets forms, pours the foundation and installs rough plumbing.
Phase 3: Framing
The frame is the skeleton of your home. Most homes have wood frames but sometimes we use cement block or other materials. Windows and fireplaces are placed in the frame and, in some cases, wall paneling. This phase takes between 1 - 4 weeks.
Phase 4: Rough Mechanicals
If the frame is the skeleton, then the rough mechanicals are the internal organs of your home. During this 1 - 3 week phase, air-conditioning, heating, ventilation, plumbing, and electrical wiring are introduced to the structure. If you've opted for any special security systems, central vacuum, or pre-wiring for your stereo, entertainment center, and Internet installation takes place at this point.
Typically, you'll be invited down to the site for a "frame walk" or orientation to verify that all the options you selected are in place.
Phase 5: Finishes
This is the midway point of the building process. The finish is the skin of your home, including drywall, stucco, roofing, siding, concrete walls, the driveway, property line fences and all major interior and exterior surfaces.
You'll be invited down for another inspection. All of these finishing touches really help your house start to look like home. Countertops and cabinets are installed, the house is painted and stained. Tile is laid in the kitchen and bath, and any additional plumbing and electrical projects come to completion.
Phase 6: Trims
Now the fun really starts. All the browsing you did in our portfolio is starting to pay off. During this two-week phase, you will begin to recognize the home you designed and imagine the future you'll create. The team installs faucets and sinks, light switches, towel bars, doorknobs and all of the small hardware you'll be using on a daily basis.
Phase 7: Finals
Workers wait until this final week to install the flooring in the interest of protecting your carpets and hardwood from boots, nails and dust. Any minor adjustments take place now, like window screens, drywall and paint touch-ups. The house is given a thorough cleaning and is ready for the final orientation.
Phase 8: Final Orientation
After weeks of hard work and patience, it's time to do the final walk-through. You gather with the same team from pre-construction and inspect the premises. At this point you sign the closing papers, after which you must wait for the escrow to clear (between 2 - 10 days) before you actually get to slide that shiny new key onto your chain.