Element+Form offers each customer the flexibility and creativity to design every feature of your dream home. Building a home is a very exciting endeavor, so we want to introduce you to our procedure so we can make the process as exciting and smooth as possible.
During this time, we want there to be realistic expectations knowing that you are planning a custom home and there are many details that must be considered in these planning stages.
ELEMET+FORM, Pre-Designed and Custom homes are available.
Pre-Designed Homes: These give homeowners the opportunity to choose a pre-designed, pre-engineered plan and begin building sooner. These plans offer our fastest building times without compromising on our high quality standards. Building one of our Element+From Originals shortens the pre-construction process considerably to help you enjoy all the benefits of a custom home without the months and months it normally takes to get it.
Custom Homes: And by Custom… we mean CUSTOM. An Element+Form custom home is really only limited by your imagination, at Element+Form we can take your wants, needs and desires and transform them into a beautiful home built in one of our factories.
STEP 1: Site evaluation
This includes lot topography, building setbacks, local and neighborhood restrictions, guidelines and rules as well as amenities. Don’t have a lot, no problem we know local realtors who can help you find the perfect place for your new home. EF is here to walk you through every step of the process.
STEP 2: Design
Have a lot…. or found a lot that meets your requirements, then it’s time for the design phase. During this exciting phase you can let your creativity take over while your dream home becomes a reality on paper. During the design process there are two phases. First we work through the “preliminary plan phase” which begins with the basic floor plan, wall placement, module lines, elevations, window, door placement and basic structure details.
STEP 3: Specification and Selections
The most exciting part of designing your home is figuring out all of the features, styles, fixtures and color selections that come together to create your home. With Element+Form, not one detail is missed. We begin with a standard selection package which you can customize to reflect your style. Our expert design team works with you to explore the options and upgrades that are available and help you fit it within your budget. We have options available that can provide beautiful features but still keep the costs reasonable. We will walk you through every step of the process, so relax and enjoy!
STEP 4: Plans
Once every detail is perfect on your preliminary phase and you , we will begin the full set of plans. This is the technical side of the plans where details are added that allow precision during the building process. This includes many details on the floor plans, elevations, cross sections, electrical plan, mechanical plan and plumbing plan.
STEP 5: Structural Engineering
Once the plans are approved and all changes have been made, they will be submitted to engineering. The state licensed engineer will perform the load calculations, determine the buildings structural requirements and provide the roof framing plan, floor framing plan, truss layout, foundation plan and structural detail (roof load, seismic elements, wind exposure & soil conditions (Geo-tech soils report & topo map must be provided in advance by the customer.) The final foundation detailed plan with footing sizes, widths, stem wall height, etc. will be determined during the engineering process.
STEP 6: Permitting and Approval
Each home must go through a State Approval Process and a Local Building Department Approval in order to obtain your building permit. (Not required in Utah or Wyoming.) Element+Form will handle the modular portion with the State Division, we will also handle your local department. We will also prepare any Rescheck or Title 24 (energy conservation report) that may be required.
STEP 7: Factory Construction
Whew! It may sound overwhelming to finally get to this stage, but a lot of the process happens without you even knowing about it. We have so many details that have to be decided prior to construction so that once production has begun your home can be constructed as quickly as possible. Once the home begins construction we will be in constant communication with you on the progress. You will also be able to view coverage of the home being constructed directly from our website, so you can share it with your friends and family. During construction, we will have inspections and payment draws that will occur and you are welcome to visit the factory any time you wish. We do require a final walk through at the completion in the factory.
STEP 8: Site and Stitch Work
Throughout the factory construction process, we will be working to prepare your home’s site. Upon factory completion, your home is shipped to your site and craned into place. Once your home is in place, all the site work and stitching can be completed in just weeks.