Maine Construction Group is contacted via website, email, or phone by the client. Once the inquiry is made, they will set up an initial consultation with the client. This consultation will be set up within a week from when the client contacted Maine Construction Group.
2. Initial Meeting & Brainstorming
Maine Construction Group will meet with the customer at our office in Holden. We will listen to all of your thoughts and ideas while developing a plan together. This meeting can last 1-2 hours.
*Please Note: It is always helpful when the customer brings pictures or samples of design aspects that they like. Some customers are unsure of what direction they want to take. If that's the case, Maine Construction Group will make recommendations to them.
3. Planning & Development
As the design is developed, Maine Construction Group will complete a checklist of the parts and pieces included in the home. This includes earthwork, foundation costs, framing material, plumbing fixtures, electrical fixtures, exterior doors, windows, flooring, interior doors, kitchen, and bath cabinets.
In most cases, Maine Construction Group acts as the general contractor. We coordinate the project from the conception to the finished product. We also make arrangements with the necessary subcontractors and give the customer a move-in date.
Maine Construction Group will compile this information from the steps above and put it into a proposal. This proposal will detail what materials will be used for the project and the labor involved to complete the work. Maine Construction Group's proposal will be a guaranteed, maximum price that assures all customers what they will be paying for their new home.
Once all of the terms in the proposal are agreed upon, a standard construction contract is drafted. The contract includes language which protects both the customer and the contractor. It has details from the proposal and payment terms, change order fees, and more.
A down payment is expected and exchanged at this time. The remainder of the contract amount will be broken up into trigger point payments, which usually occur at different project milestones like completing the foundation, rough framing, and finished project.
6. Schedule Project
Maine Construction Group will be responsible for supplying the materials and scheduling all of the contractors to get the project completed. We'll keep you informed along the way!
7. Begin Building
All of Maine Construction Group's projects include earthwork. Due to the weight of the equipment used, we are constrained by the seasons to get this process started. Depending on road postings, where weight restrictions limit travel weight to loads less than 25,000 lbs., most earthwork is limited to May - December.
Their goal is to schedule the earthwork portion of the job to be done during these opportune months. Once the earthwork has begun, it can take 1-2 months before the foundation is ready, depending on the lot size and work scope.
Once the foundation is ready, they begin with the rough framing. The rough framing portion can take 1-2 months to complete so that the house is in a dried in "shell" state.
Once the shell is secured, all electrical and plumbing rough-ins begin, followed by the wall cavity insulation and wall covering, in most cases, drywall/paint. This process can take a month.
Next comes the finished work, including flooring, cabinets, trim, and finished stairs. Depending on the size of the project, this can all be done within 1-2 months.
From the start of the earthwork to when the home is ready to be lived in, the process takes from the start of the earthwork between 5-7 months. More complex projects can take as much as 10 months to complete.