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 setup 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.
*Note: It is always helpful when the customer brings pictures, samples, etc. of design aspects that they like. Some customers are unsure of what direction they want take and 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 that are included in the home. This includes earthwork and foundation costs, framing material, plumbing fixtures, electrical fixtures, exterior doors and windows, flooring, interior doors, kitchen and bath cabinets.
In most cases, Maine Construction Group acts as the general contractor and coordinates the project from the conception to the finished product. We will also make arrangements with necessary subcontractors as well as 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 that will be involved to complete the work. Maine Construction Group's proposal will be a guaranteed, maximum price which assures all customer 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, as well as 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 milestones in the project such as: the completion of 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 the months of 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 (depending on the lot size and scope of work) 1-2 months before the foundation is ready.
One 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 will begin, followed by the wall cavity insulation and wall covering (in most cases drywall/paint). This process can take 1 month.
Next comes the finished work including, flooring, cabinets, trim & finished stairs. Depending on the size of the project this can all be done in within 1-2 months.
The total time the process takes, from the start of the earthwork to the point when the home is ready to be lived in, is usually between 5-7months. More complex projects can take as much as 10 months to complete.