Beyond the Blueprint: Pivoting to Pre-Construction

You talked to our team. You reviewed the website. You drove through our communities and walked through our Model Homes. But you’re still curious: what’s it really like to build a home with StyleCraft? We’re glad you asked. In our “Beyond the Blueprint” series, we’ll follow Sue, a real homebuyer who’s excited to call the Villas at Ashford Hill home. Join us as we part the curtain and discover why the StyleCraft Building Experience Lives Up from start to finish — and beyond.

The last time we checked in with Sue, she had just wrapped up her Design Appointment, during which she and her Design Consultant, Courtney, worked in perfect harmony to establish the design for Sue’s new home.

Now that Sue has made her design selections, it’s time to move onto the construction phase. In other words, it’s time to get her boots a little dirty.

Goodbye & Hello: Transitioning from Design to Construction

It’s a pretty self-explanatory name, right? The Pre-Construction Orientation is exactly what it sounds like — an opportunity to lay the groundwork for the construction process. It also serves as a key transition point, not just between design and construction, but also between Sue’s points of contact. Here she’ll say goodbye to her partner in design, Courtney, and hello to Lin, her Project Manager.

By design, this was an overlapping hand-off where Sue, Courtney, and Lin all gathered together at the StyleCraft Design Studio. Here, Courtney provided Sue one last look at her carefully curated structural and design selections — samples that were all paired together to view and touch — as a reminder of things to come. And then Lin took his turn behind the wheel, as they pored over blueprints and dug in on what to expect before, during, and after breaking ground on Sue’s new James home. Finally, Sue and Lin reviewed a plat map, which is a drawn-to-scale map of the land Sue’s home will sit on.

Getting to Know the Homesite

Staring at a plat map is similar having a long-distance relationship with your future homesite. That’s why we invite homebuyers like Sue to strap on a pair of boots and get to know the land, up close and personal. During a Homesite Orientation, homebuyers will tour their homesite with a plat map and Project Manager as the guide. And that’s exactly what Sue did — visiting her homesite at Villas at Ashford Hill, where Lin helped her visualize where key spaces would be built, from the driveway to the owner’s suite.

Sue also got to see one more tool we use to mark off her homesite: stakes, which are planted in the ground to identify property lines, the four corners of her home, the patio location, and more. Once Sue had the lay of the land, Lin shared some safety precautions and reviewed the next steps in the homebuilding process. Oh, and the next time Sue sees her homesite it will look much different. The foundation will be poured, and framing, plumbing, electrical will be works in progress.

Beyond the Blueprint: What’s Next?

OK, now just to review, Sue has already make the following stops in her homebuyer journey: Contract Appointment, Pre-Design Orientation, Design Orientation, Pre-Construction Orientation, and Homesite Orientation. And as you read this, Sue’s foundation is taking shape. She’ll soon meet up with Lin again during her Pre-Drywall Orientation — a time to tour framing, confirm the location of home technology, and so much more.

In other words, it’s all coming together! And Sue is beginning to buzz with anticipation. Stay tuned.

Want to follow Sue’s building experience so far? Click here to explore the entire “Beyond the Blueprint” series.