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The Hidden Build Process

Categories: Build Process, Newsletter | Posted: February 4, 2015

Understanding the construction process will help owners manage their expectations and emotions.

Here’s a quick quiz…

It’s four or five months into a new custom build. The home is weather tight, plumbing and wiring have been roughed in, the insulation is in place, and drywall has been screwed to the walls and ceilings. The drywallers are sanding the seams in preparation for that first, shiny coat of paint. How do most homeowners feel?

The question illustrates a crucial issue. There are two things going on at each stage of a project: the actual construction and the homeowners’ perception and evolving feelings about it. Fortunately, most people react in predictable ways at predictable times, so an experienced builder will understand how to help their clients through the inevitable ups and downs. If the homeowners know what to expect, the emotional ride becomes easier and more enjoyable.

As construction begins, homeowners are typically very excited—and why shouldn’t they be? Preconstruction ups and downs involving plans, specs, and product choices are behind them. Their dream home is about to take shape!

Emotions tend to remain high as workers and machines dig the hole, form and pour the foundation, build the rough frame, and install windows, doors, siding, and roofing. How long this takes depends on the home but with some exceptions, such as weather delays, things moves fast with obvious progress nearly every day. Excitement and anticipation build as the home they have been imagining for years is finally rising from the ground!

Pinnacle Club

That visible progress slows dramatically during the next phase of construction.

Once the shell is complete, the electricians, plumbers, and heating technicians descend on the house to rough in their systems. This is when a homeowner’s emotions can be tested. This phase of the project is inherently time-consuming. Plus, it can be drawn out by complex scheduling requirements of different subcontractors. Progress seems to come to a halt and excitement can quickly morph into anxiety. Will the home be done on time? What’s taking so long?

At this point, it helps to remember the importance of good lighting, plumbing, and heating to a home’s livability. Investing the time to do them right will pay off big later on.

We understand how challenging this phase of the project is for homeowners. This is the time when, as professional builders, we step up communication about the progress that is being made behind the scenes. We find that educated homeowners can better manage their emotions through the whole process, but especially as we get ready to move into the home stretch.

The last phase includes installation of trim, flooring, cabinets, and fixtures. Here, excitement begins to rise again as the finish line pulls into sight. By the time the keys are handed over, emotions will be at a point nearly equal to where they were at groundbreaking.

Model at Jerome Village

How best to navigate this emotional journey? How does one enjoy the highs and take the dips in stride? Awareness about the process goes a long way. Study the schedule and know what is going to happen and when. Think of the project as a story, and the schedule as the plot outline. A good builder will work with the homeowners to fill that outline with details that will help make the project a great experience and ensure a happy ending.


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Home Highlight | Open House

Categories: Inventory Homes | Posted: January 28, 2015

Open houses every Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 5pm!

7423 Spruce Ct, Plain City, Ohio

Our move-in ready home in Jerome Village!

Our move-in ready home in Jerome Village!

3 Pillar Homes has been hosting open houses on the weekends in Jerome Village, near Dublin. This particular home is a recently completed, two-story home with four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. It is located on a deep cul-de-sac lot with friendly neighbors.

The home’s layout is based on our Monroe plan, one of the most popular in our arsenal. Of course, no two 3 Pillar Homes are alike, so there are always custom changes throughout.  For those homeoweners interested in a plan without the formal dining room, this plan is a great starting point.

 To check out our Monroe floor plan, click here.

We have had these open houses for other reasons besides generating interest in the home (although that is high on our priority list). 3 Pillar also wants to make sure we are taking the time we need to keep up on the goings-on in Jerome Village. When we build in communities, we want to feel like part of that community.

Our model home in the Jerome Village – Arrowwood neighborhood will be up and running early February. Until then, our goal is to be accessible in the neighborhood for anyone who is interested in our work and has any questions.

Whether you’re in the market for a custom-build or a move-in ready home, feel free to drop by the open house to say hi and see what 3 Pillar is about.

Preplanning is Key

Categories: Build Process, Newsletter | Posted: January 21, 2015

When it comes to building a new house, many people don’t realize just how important it is to develop their preconstruction plan. This is especially important with a custom-build home, because there will be aspects that differ from other houses which greatly affects construction plans.

The more time that the Professional Builder spends on the preconstruction planning process, the better the actual build will be. This process involves much more than just creating the home’s blueprint. It involves people, supplies, getting the timing right, etc.  A decision made today will determine whether the personnel and materials are on the job three months from now.


Izabella Floor Plan

Communication is key, especially when you are working with the homeowners, architect, interior designer, project manager, and contractor.  The more people involved, the easier it is for a message to get lost along the way.  The entire process is similar to the passing of the baton in a relay race.

The builder can ensure the best possible outcome for the homeowners by taking the time up front to think through and record decisions, establish workflow and detailed schedules, account for permitting, and plan for communication and contingencies.


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Condensing Your Concerns

Categories: Maintaining Home | Posted: January 14, 2015

Winter is a beautiful season, but sometimes condensation on the windows makes it hard to see.

Some of our clients have been asking about condensation, which is quite common in the fall and winter months.  Our friends at Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors have provided us with some helpful information to pass along to our homeowners, as well as our blog readers. Luckily, it is an issue that also has an easy fix!  Click on the following link to find out.

Condensation Windows & Patio Doors

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For more information on windows and doors, check out their website here.

Welcome to the 3 Pillar Homes Blog!

Categories: About Us | Posted: January 8, 2015

We are very excited to have this outlet and cannot wait to share it with everyone.

This blog will be different from our bi-weekly newsletter. For our past homeowners, this is a great resource to keep up with what we are doing at 3 Pillar these days. But for those of you who are still doing your research, we hope this blog will help you get to know us, and why we do what we do.

The process of home building is not just having the clients choose a floor plan out of a lineup and then the construction team putting the pieces together. At least, not the way we do it.

Building a dream home is one of the most personal decisions a person can make in their lives. We go above and beyond to get to know our clients and to walk them through the home building process, as well as giving them access to an interior designer to assist in the selections process.

It is important to us that our homeowners know what is going on every step of the way. The best way we know how to do that is by having the project managers send out weekly emails to update the homeowners. Along those same lines, it is important to us that the general public has a way to get a sense of who we are and can continue to get to know us every week.

Thank you for joining us on our journey into the blogosphere.

The 3 Pillar Homes model.

The 3 Pillar Homes model.