Altura is the perfect place to build your new retirement home in Southern Arizona. Ready for your keys? These steps outline the planning and building stages of the entire homebuilding process.
The Planning Phase
Planning for the construction of your new home is just as important as building your new home. Proper planning makes for a more stress-free and timely construction process.
After you have decided to make Altura your new home, we will provide you a purchase contract to sign. Once this step is complete, you will select one of 5 floor plans: Sentinel, Bigelow, Kimball, Marshall, and Tumamoc. Next, you will select structural, electrical, and plumbing options.
In this phase, you will select smart exterior features for your new home. Options include 6 different Dunn-Edwards paint schemes and 3 different front yard landscape packages, including an automated drip system timer and emitters.
Now it is time to choose the stylish interior and kitchen features you would like, such as 4 or 6 raised panel square doors, 36” upper cabinets in oak or maple, GE Electric appliance package in black or white, and granite, Quartz synthetic or Corian countertops. More options are also available for an additional cost, such as extended covered patios, additional bedrooms, and garage extensions.
The Building Phase
After the planning phase is complete, it is time to break ground on your new home. The building process typically takes 6-8 months. Miramonte Homes has built more than 1,900 homes and has been named Builder of the Year multiple times over the past two decades by the Southern Arizona Home Builder’s Association, so rest assured, you are in great hands.
The building process begins with constructing the footings, foundation, and framing. (Footings are the concrete base that is the lowest part of the home.)
Once footers are in place and have passed inspection, the workers will pour the concrete slab of your foundation. Then the floors, walls, and roof will be framed out with wood. You can think of the wood frame as the skeleton of your home.
An inspection comes at the completion of initial framing to ensure that this phase of the job has been properly executed.
The walkthrough typically takes place in the first or second month of the building process. During the first of 3 walkthroughs, your interior and exterior selections will be confirmed. Since everything is framed out, this is a great opportunity to walk around the site and get a feel for each room.
In the fourth or fifth month of the building process, the final closing date will be set. Basic elements, such as light fixtures, plugs, bathtubs, toilets, sinks, and shower units will be installed. Additionally, your selected Moen chrome faucets, maple or oak kitchen cabinets, granite, Quartz synthetic or Corian countertops, and GE appliance package will be installed.
Following the completion of construction, we will schedule a 3-hour orientation to your new home. Orientation is conducted after construction is completed, and usually in the sixth or seventh month of the building process. We will communicate important information during this meeting, so make sure to take notes.
At this time, our superintendent will demonstrate how to operate the heating and air-conditioning units, appliances, electrical circuit breakers, plumbing shut-off valves, and other necessary equipment that keeps a home running smoothly.
Also, during your new home orientation, the superintendent will inspect surfaces such as floors, walls, window glass, mirrors, appliances and countertops with you to ensure there are no chips, scratches or other noticeable damage.
During the orientation process we will create a punchlist of any items that need attention or that you would like us to correct. Be sure to make a list of any questions you have about maintenance and warranty procedures during this phase.
Approximately 7 days after orientation, you will walk through a second time with our superintendent. Each item on the punchlist should be completed at this time.
That’s it! The moment you’ve been waiting for. At closing you will take your keys and, start enjoying all that your new home, and Altura, have to offer.