What you need to know about the building process

Building Process

Homesite Preparation

New home building starts here! The first stage of homebuilding is an exciting one with several important milestones. More

During this stage:
  • Permits and approvals are secured from the local building authority.
  • Perry Homes determines where your home will sit on the homesite.
  • Your home’s position and orientation (“right” or “left”) is determined by such factors as terrain, drainage, utility easements, and municipal requirements for setback and side yards. Due to technical requirements, Perry Homes assumes sole discretion for home placement.
  • Your homesite is surveyed and marked to show final positioning.
  • The land is cleared of obstructions, and the soil is prepared for construction.
  • Existing trees may be removed from the homesite as necessary, based on state and local laws and sound building practices. Perry Homes does not accept responsibility for the life of existing trees. For more information on trees, please see our FAQ.

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All of our foundations are designed and inspected by a licensed professional engineer.


This is one of the most important stages of construction. All of our foundations are designed by a licensed professional engineer and are inspected by a technical representative of the engineer before and during concrete placement. More

During this phase:
  • Plumbing and electrical undergrounds are installed.
  • Beams are trenched.
  • The vapor barrier is put in place.
  • Reinforcing cables are installed in the forms.
  • Concrete is placed to complete the foundation.
  • Lot grade is established.
  • Reinforcing cables are stressed.

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After the foundation is in place, the structure is ready to be framed, a process that normally takes one to two weeks.

Framing the Home


During this phase:
  • The framing for each floorplan is individually engineered to meet structural and wind requirements.
  • Wood studs, beams, floor joists and/or floor trusses, and rafters are used to create the skeletal structure of the home.
  • The exterior walls, interior walls, and roof are erected.
  • Frames are inspected per local requirements.

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Exterior Trim and Roof

This is sometimes referred to as the cornice/roof stage. Once it’s completed, the house is considered “dried in.”More

During this phase:
  • Exterior sheathing is applied.
  • Windows and exterior rear doors are installed.
  • The eaves, fascia, and overhang are built.
  • Siding is installed.
  • For some homes, brick, stone or stucco is installed during this stage.
  • Roof decking and shingles are put into place.

Perry Homes installs Cemplank siding for all horizontal siding and James Hardie trim and soffit. Cemplank is an extremely hard, cementicious material that is impervious to rot, warping, and termites. The Cemplank siding we use carries a 25-year manufacturer's warranty.

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Mechanical Rough/Insulation

It can be difficult to see the progress that’s being made during this stage, but important work is going on inside the walls of your home.

Home Insulation


During this stage:
  • Wiring and cables are installed, including electric, RG6 cable, telephone, and plumbing lines.
  • HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) equipment and ducts are installed.
  • Polycel insulation is added to all exterior corners, plates on the first floor, doors and windows, and penetration of wall plates common to the attic.
  • Once the mechanical systems are installed and inspected, insulation is placed in the exterior walls.
  • Mechanical systems are inspected per local requirements.

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This is an exciting stage. Finally, your home is beginning to look less like a construction project and more like a home.More

During this stage:
  • The sheetrock, also called drywall, is installed.
  • It is then taped and floated to cover fastener holes and seams.
  • Texture is applied to the walls.

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Interior Trim

The trim stage focuses on the fine carpentry details that finish a home.More

During this stage:
  • Bath and kitchen cabinets are built and/or installed.
  • Moldings and baseboards are installed.
  • Interior doors are hung.
  • Stair trim is installed (if applicable).

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Painting brings color and personality to your home. Perry Homes uses an upgraded premium paint designed for high humidity and mildew conditions.More

During this stage:
  • Interior painting, caulking, and staining begins.
  • High-grade enamel is applied to all designated trim material.
  • Exterior painting is done, dependent on weather conditions.

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Mechanical Trim

Once the interior painting is finished, the mechanical details can be added.

Air Condition Unit


During this stage:
  • Plumbing fixtures are installed.
  • Electrical fixtures are installed.
  • The HVAC compressor and thermostat are installed.
  • The HVAC components are matched for maximum efficiency.
  • The alarm keypads and control panel are mounted (if applicable).

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Final Touches

Finally, many of the final details can be added to your home.More

During this stage:
  • Mirrors are hung.
  • Ceramic tile and wood floors are installed (if applicable).
  • All final paint and stain is touched up.
  • Any remaining floor moldings are installed and painted.
  • Carpet is installed.

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Grading and Landscaping

Once the interior of your home is complete, we focus on the outside. Then it’s time to transition the home over to you, its new owners.

Grading and Landscaping


During this stage:
  • Sidewalks, driveways, patios, and fencing are installed (if applicable).
  • Your home is again inspected by the local building inspectors (if applicable).
  • Your Perry Home is now ready for the homeowner demonstration, closing, and move-in.

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