It usually takes four to seven months to build a custom home depending on the following factors:
Your home is framed using 2x6-inch pine studs for exterior walls and 2x4-inch pine studs for interior walls. Main level studs are framed on 16-inch centers (spaced 16 inches apart). Along foundation walls in the basement, studs are framed on either 24-inch centers to accommodate for extra insulation or 16-inch centers for added wall strength.
PEX plumbing is installed in nearly all new homes today. PEX is a cross-linked Polyethylene product superior to copper in several aspects: less noisy, flexible for adapting to temperature, and smoother interior for resistance to scale buildup and corrosion. Since PEX plumbing lines do not converge like copper, they are often installed in a manifold system similar to a circuit breaker panel, giving you the convenience to turn water off or on to any sink, tub, or toilet in the house.
Your home is insulated to different levels of heat-flow resistance, defined by an R-value. A higher R-value means higher resistance to temperature change. Insulation is generally installed as follows:
- Attic: R-38–R-40 blow-in-blanket insulation
- Main level exterior walls: R-19 blow-in-blanket insulation
- Basement exterior walls: R-19 insulation rolls or "bats" for ease in pulling electrical wiring when the basement is finished
- Main level floors and all interior walls: No insulation usually, although some may choose to insulate for sound (ex. a theater room)
Most are homes are finished with vinyl or steel siding on the back and sides. The front is often a siding-and-brick or a synthetic-stucco-and-brick combination. Rock has become a popular alternative to brick in these combinations.
Requirements: At minimum, a wainscot of brick or rock is required unless the entire front is finished in synthetic stucco. Vinyl and steel siding are the most accepted exteriors in this part of the country due to their affordability and energy benefits. Higher maintenance products such as masonite, hardboard, and wood are not allowed in our new subdivisions.