Process

 

We’ve built all of our processes around simplicity, transparency and common sense.
At John Johnson Custom Homes we:

  • Price our homes on a cost-plus fee basis, fully disclosed to our clients

  • Competitively bid every aspect of our projects with time tested contractors that have proven their quality and expertise.

  • Many have worked with our family for over 30 years.

  • Operate on a fully open book basis – all bids and invoices are open to client review.

  • We are personally involved with each project from start to finish.  Communicating with both the home owner and the builder on a continuous basis as well as taking trips to the site helps make the process go much smoother.

At John Johnson Custom Homes, we believe strongly in honesty, communication and integrity. We want to do everything we can to make it a rewarding, exciting experience – our reputation and your satisfaction depends on it! The construction process is only one step in building your new home, but we are dedicated to our clients throughout the entire process, from lot selection, to design,  to the time you move in. We build homes and relationships, so we are committed to you from beginning to end.

Phase One :  Meeting

The first step is to meet so that we can review your needs and desires in your new home.  If you are building from the ground up, bring photos, drawings or anything you can think of that will help the Johnson team to get to know you.  We will also show you examples of the homes we have built.

Phase Two:  Lot Selection

Before ever signing an agreement with John Johnson Custom Homes, we like to assist potential clients in  searching for and selecting the lot on which to build your future dream home. The lot selection in Lubbock depends greatly on the size and design of the home you want to build.  Because of various topography and sub-surface conditions in the area, and certain land restrictions that may take up a significant amount of your budget, we like to assist during this part of the process.

Phase Three:  Design (if design is not complete)

We are comfortable working from mature plans or starting from scratch with one of our architect/designers.  Once the lot has been selected and purchased, the design phase begins. As we stated previously, we have excellent relationships with architects in Lubbock but we are equally comfortable meeting and working with any architect you choose to create your perfect home. Along with creating the plans, there is also a need for a set of specifications that lists in detail the types of materials to be used. While helping you make your materials selections, we are mindful of your budget and your style so that we can make this process seamless and accurate.

Phase Four:  Residential Construction Contract

When your architectural plans and specifications are complete,we competitively bid out all the details of your home to give you a total construction price. We generally utilize a cost-plus pricing structure.   With a cost-plus contract, we provide an outline of costs and the best estimate of the total cost of the home. However, in the end, the homeowner will pay the actual costs incurred plus a predetermined fee for overhead and profit.

Phase Five: Construction

The construction phase is exciting because we can all watch as the plans and hard work are transferred from paper to reality. Even after the extensive time spent together during the pre-construction phases, there will still be occasional questions that arise or decisions that need to be made or changed. We greatly encourage homeowners to stay in constant contact with us, and we are always available to answer questions and clarify steps throughout the process.  John Johnson,our company’s owner, will be your personal contact throughout the entire process, and we feel this is important to ensure your satisfaction.

The stages of construction normally include the following steps in this order, but may vary due to your particular project:

1.    Lot clearing and site preparation – We will meet to discuss any trees you wish to keep or clear, you’re visions of the grading, and    your overall vision of the site.

2.    Excavation– This is the “dirty work” phase, cutting and filling your lot in order to accommodate your new home.

3.    Foundation – This step is when we form and pour the concrete foundation of your home. This also includes plumbing, electrical, water proofing, termite protection and prevention, drainage, and anchors for your framing.

4.    Framing – This is the most “visual” part so far! – Your home starts to take shape as we frame the structure that will eventually be your residence.

5.    Mechanical Rough – Plumbing and HVAC rough “behind the walls”

6.    Electrical Rough – After mechanicals, we will run the wiring in your home; we will set up a walk-through to go over positioning of recessed cans, light fixtures, switches and outlets as well as telephone, TV, security, etc.

7.    Mechanical, Framing, and Electrical Inspection – Whether 3rd party or City, this is the time when inspections occur. Your home will be clean, organized and ready for a thorough inspection. Shoberg Homes is well known for our quick passes and excellent compliance.

8.    Insulation – There are several types of insulation available, which will be chosen during the contract phase; this is the time at which installation occurs.

9.    Roof – The roof will begin to be installed after the mechanical rough and will be completed before sheetrock in order to ensure no water infiltration. This is known as “Dried In”.

10.   Sheetrock – Once insulation is in, the roof is on, and everything has been triple checked, we will hang sheetrock and begin to apply your choice of texture or plaster. You will be asked to approve a sample and be involved in the amount of texture applied.

11.   Exterior Finishes – Around the time that we begin insulation, we will begin with your exterior finishes, paint, stone, stucco, etc. previously selected. By this time, everything will be in full swing and you will begin to see what your home will look like in elevation.

12.   Hardwood Flooring – Once the sheetrock is in and finished, we will install the sand-and-finish or pre-finished hardwood flooring. We always run our hardwoods under the cabinets, and set our base on top of the flooring.

13.  Cabinets, Trim & Doors –This is when the fine carpenters come in. They are masters of their trades and make sure that your finished cabinets and trim are immaculate.

14.  Tile – once cabinets are in, we will install tile in the areas selected, usually, floors, backsplashes, showers and wet areas are typical.

15.   Interior Paint – We will put up samples before painting any areas. Once approved, we will shut down the job to other trades for a short time and allow the painters to do their magic! This is an amazing process.

16.   Flatwork – During or around the indoor painting phase, we typically like to pour your driveway, sidewalks, patios and areas not attached to the home. We will verify the layout with you and explore any options that may enhance the layout and design.

17.   Set-outs – This is when plumbing fixtures and light fixtures, HVAC registers and returns are installed. It is exciting for most homeowners to see the installation of all the selections you have made up to this point!

18.  Landscaping – Whether you are working with an outside firm or a Shoberg Homes preferred landscaper, this is typically the time that this install will take place.

19.   Rough clean – Here, we rough clean the home to prepare for carpet installation.

20.  Carpet – This is when we install your selected carpets.

21.   Punch – During this time, we address any items that need attention. We adjust appliances, tighten knobs, adjust doors and drawers, do paint touch up, etc. Our goal is to complete all punch items before move-in.  Occasionally, due to the complexity of some of our homes, a few items may need to be addressed after move in. This will be handled by both parties signing a punch list at closing to be completed in an agreed-upon time frame.

22.   Final Clean & Windows

23.   Final Walk-Through with homeowner.

24.   Closing & Move-In – Congratulations!!!