The steps to building a house with Morgan-Keefe Builders begins with working to create a trusting relationship with our clients. At Morgan-Keefe, we value consistent and frequent communication, an established project review, and personalized progress updates. Our goal is to create the best possible building experience that builds both a relationship and an exquisite home.
As the first step to building a house with Morgan-Keefe Builders, our founder Malcolm Morgan, or another trusted member our our team, will meet you at the property site. They will give you an initial land analysis based on their expert eye for layout.
During this stage, we can help you realize your lot’s view potential and house placement, and recommend site solutions. Once completed, the team will review and immerse themselves into the specific nuances of your project’s vision, budget, and timeline.
In the next step to building your home, we will work to launch your project. Together, we will discuss how the Morgan-Keefe team will help you reach your budget and timeline goals. To do this, we first generate a Preliminary Budget based on your Preliminary Architectural Plans and Specifications. We review contract forms, financial accountability, insurances provided, and other administrative aspects.
Once you have decided to move forward, we prepare a Letter of Intent. This allows our team, with your permission, to pursue certain pre-construction activities. This includes topographical surveys, permits, and more. We will also discuss value-added ideas, and cost reduction opportunities.
When the plans for your home are finalized, the Final Control Estimate is prepared, presented, approved, and incorporated into the Final Contract. Once completed, we will agree on a firm start date and assign a project manager to your project!
Consistent and frequent communication is an essential element in building your house. Morgan-Keefe Builders prides ourselves on communicating in a timely and respectful manner. Your goals are our goals, and we dedicate ourselves to building relationships that will last well beyond the creation of your dream home.
As a third step to building a house, we send our clients a weekly Progress Update Report, with Selection Timelines and photos documenting the progress of your new home. We also schedule visits throughout the building process. Our monthly detailed billings summarize the line item budget and any change orders made to-date. This ongoing communication enables us to stay on the same page with our clients and confirm they are comfortable with the building process as it moves along.
This stage may be the most exciting step; it’s where vision becomes reality! Morgan-Keefe Builders will begin construction on your new home, supervised by one of our expert project managers.
The project manager assigned to your home will be brought in as early as possible during the process. They will familiarize themselves with your home plans and specifications, as well as budget and timeline goals. Your project manager will prepare subcontracts, create scheduling updates, and establish selection timelines. He or she will connect with our network of qualified subcontractors and suppliers to select those best suited for your home. They will complete daily field reports and hold weekly safety meetings. Any change orders will be presented to you for approval before proceeding.
Throughout the build, our founder Malcolm Morgan will routinely visit your home site to ensure the building process is progressing smoothly and according to expectations.
As we near the completion and the final steps to building a house, your project manager will utilize a Close-out Checklist to ensure that no details have been overlooked. As a final step in our building process, we prepare a Home Warranty Manual which includes warranty information, appliance manuals, subcontractors and suppliers we used on the project, and Home Care suggestions.
Once we hand over the keys, our involvement does not end. We pride ourselves in providing excellent customer service before, during, and after the building process. Morgan-Keefe Builders offers Home Care solutions at custom intervals to maintain the integrity of your home as well as ensure the longevity of your investment.
If you have any questions about these steps to building a home with Morgan-Keefe Builders, please reach out. Relationships are as important to us as the final product, and that begins with a conversation.