EXTRAS

BUILDING STAGES
​       an overview of the building process

Design

​​Build

​​Finish

​​DESIGN
​​​​
  1. SECURE FINANCING (takes time--various options available we would be happy to discuss with you.
  2. DECIDE ON A PLAN (use one we already have, find one you like at eplans.com or familyplans.com, or let us help you find one) and ARCHITECTURAL STYLES (types of exterior, ceilings, porches, kitchens, and baths. Houzz and Pinterest are great sites for this).
  3. DECIDE ON A BUILDING SITE (Cap Rock Ridge, in another subdivision, on your own land, or let us help you find a site). 
  4. REFINE YOUR PLAN (sit down with us to discuss your needs and wants; we'll help you refine your plan so that it is perfect for you and your building site).
  5. REVIEW, REFINE (if needed), and SIGN BUILDER'S CONTRACT (this is to make sure everyone is on the same page).
  6. FINALIZE YOUR PLAN with our plan designer.
  7. START SHOPPING!
    1. Select exterior decor (brick, rock, stucco, mortar color, and roof color). Visit new neighborhoods and write down addresses of exteriors you like. We will help you decide on windows during this time.
    2. We will then take you to design/order your cabinets (style, closures, stain or paint), select your paints (interior and exterior), granite (other countertops), tile/grout, sinks, plumbing hardware/bath accessories, lights, applicances, flooring, and help you stay within your budget.​​
​​BUILD ​​

  1. ​​​Prepare building site, lay foundation forms and plumbing, pour the foundation.
  2. Frame the house, roof the house, put in electrical and insulation. We'll walk you through the building site to make sure plugs are where you want them.
  3. Sheetrock, mud, trim (we'll help you design your closets and decide on trim).
  4. Cabinets, paint, countertops, flooring, appliances, landscape/sprinklers, fence.
  5. We will walk with you step-by-step from foundation to finish to refine/make changes along the way, and stay within your budget.
FINISH​​

  1. Do walk-through with us and mark anything that needs to be fixed.
  2. Repairs completed.
  3. Final walk-through.
  4. House cleaned.
  5. Closing.
  6. Move in and enjoy your new home!
DESIGN IDEAS
​        to help you plan your dream home
Helpful Websites
  1. EPLANS
    If you use the Advanced Search (top left on the home page), you will find an extensive list of options to refine your search. If applicable, ask Ron or Trey about your lot dimensions for a more accurate house plan.
  2. HOUZZ
    Search their incredibly large database of house PHOTOS (kitchens, bathrooms, porches, etc.) and their STORIES & ADVICE articles for everything you can imagine about home building.
  3. FAMILY HOME PLANS
    Here is another website of house plans in your quest to find the perfect home. Use their Advanced Search for a more accurate set of house plans.
  4. PINTEREST
    Pinterest has everything you can imagine related to homebuilding and design. Search house plans, house exteriors, kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, lighting, flooring, porches, outdoor dining, etc.
SERVICE SUGGESTIONS
             suggestions for local services to help you with your move        

City Services

  1. Abilene Garbage
    325-676-6053
  2. Abilene Water-Sewer
    325-676-6405
  3. AT&T (TV-Tel-Net)
    800-288-2020
  4. Atmos Energy
    888-286-6700
  5. Suddenlink (TV-Tel-Net)
    325-698-3585
  6. Taylor Electric
    325-793-8500
HOME MAINTENANCE
​         tips to help you keep your dream home looking like new

Maintenance Checklists

TCH New Home Maintence Guide
​                  (coming soon!)

​​Stainless Steel

​​Oil-Rubbed Bronze

1.  Keep slainless steel appliances
​     spotless with a mixture of 1 cup
​     cleaning vinegar, 1 cup water, and 1-2
​     drops of Dawn liquid dish soap. Wipe
​     off/buff with a clean microfiber cloth.

​2.  Keep water wiped up around faucets to
​     avoid hard-water buildup.

​3.  Before using your stainless steel
​     cooktop, use a clean cotton cloth and
​     rub on a coat of 
​Cerama Bryte Stainless
​     Steel Cleaning Polish. After it dries,
​     buff it off. This will keep your cooktop
​     from getting scratched. Repeat every
​     month or two depending on requency
​     of use.

1.  Never use vinegar or other acidic or
​     abrasive cleaners on oil-rubbed bronze
​     or it will remove the finish.

​2.  To avoid hard-water buildup stains,
​     keep faucets wiped dry after every
​     use. 

​​Fireplace

1.  If you have a concrete hearth, seal it as
​     soon as you move it to avoid staining.  

2.  Crack a window before starting a fire in
​     a foamed house.

​2.  Employee a chimney sweep to clean
​     your chimney every 1-2 years
​     depending on how often you use it.  

​​ Windows 

1. Make sure your windows are caulked. This will need to be
​    replaced every few years as it breaks down over time. This
​    will ensure your windows are as energy effecient as
​    possible.

​2.  Use a mixture of 1 cup cleaning vinegar, 1 cup water, and
​     1-2 drops of Dawn liquid dish soap. Spray on your windows
​     and wipe off with a clean microfiber cloth. If extra dirty,
​     you may need to repeat and use another clean microfiber
​     cloth. Repeat often for hard water buildup from sprinklers.

​3.  Keep window tracks clean by using a vacuum cleaner
​     attachment 2-4 times a year.

Check out our Facebook Page more more household tips! ​​

​​ Granite 

With the proper care of your granite, you should never have to reseal it. 

​1.  Wipe up spills immediately.​
2.  Keep water wiped up around
     faucets to prevent unsightly hard- 
​     water buildup stains.

3.  Avoid abrasive or acidic cleaners
​4.  Use a good daily cleaner that helps
     restore finish like
Artisan Firstline
​     Clean and Restore

Dishwasher

1.  Before starting the diswasher, run water at the sink  
​     until it is hot.
2.  Use Finish cubes and 1/2 teaspoon of Lemi-Shine in
​     the soap container for every wash. This will keep your
​     dishes and dishwasher extra clean and avoid damage
​     from hard water in the Big Country.



​​Yard

​​Plumbing

1.  Water lawns and landscape regularly to
​     establish new plants. To build strong
​     root systerms, it is better to set the
​     sprinklers to water longer 2-3 times a
​     week instead of shorter every day.

1.  Every 3 months, turn water on/off a 
     couple of times under the vanities and
​     behind the washer and dryer. This will
​     keep them from getting corroded.

​2.  To prevent water and mold damage,
​     caulk shower/tub every year.

​3.  Every week run water in unused tubs
​     and flush unused toilets.

​4.. Use a "Zip-It" tool to remove drain hair.