Ten Steps to a Solluna Home

Dreaming about a new home or remodel can be exhilarating. But planning for it might feel a little daunting. You might be wondering:

  • What information do I need?

  • What steps to take?

  • Who needs to be involved?

  • Do I start with the builder or the architect first?

  • How much will it cost?

 No worries. Solluna Builders has a proven process.

We walk with you through the steps to plan, design, and build your Solluna home.

Before Solluna Builders ever raises a hammer, we work closely with you to develop a detailed plan, design, and specifications.

  • Decisions are made.

  • Costs are fleshed out.

  • Production schedule is in place.

  • You and the entire team all have a common understanding of exactly how your home will be built and the components and materials that will go it.

You can rest easy knowing that once construction starts, it will go smoothly due to excellent planning. 

 Step 1. Discovery and planning

Give us a call. At the first meeting, we listen. We want to know your goals, your wants, your needs.

Bring lots of questions. We’ll have questions for you, too.

  • What do you want?

  • What do you need?

  • What’s your lifestyle?

  • What’s your budget?

  • Where’s your property?

  • How’s the topography? 

Are your finances in order? Now is a good time for you stop and visit with a lender or two about your project. If you don’t have a lender, we can help you with that.

 Step 2. Assemble the team.

Solluna will help you assemble a hand-picked team to turn your ideas into a harmonious, comfortable, loveable home.

The core team

  • You, the home owner

  • Solluna Builders

  • An architect or certified professional building designer

 For architectural design, Solluna partners with a number of talented, experienced architects and certified professional building designers. They specialize in designing homes. They’re knowledgeable about construction, building techniques, and green, sustainable, energy-efficient design.

We match you with a professional who’s a good fit for your project and your personality.

 If you already have a project architect, we’re happy to collaborate with them.

 Other professional experts

Along the way, other trusted professionals will join the team as needed:

  • Surveyor

  • Structural engineer

  • Arborist

  • Interior designer

  • Rainwater collection expert

  • Solar energy expert

  • Septic engineer

 

Step 3. Turn your ideas into a plan

Let’s assess the scope of your project.

  • How feasible is it to build on your lot or remodel your home?

  • What will we need to do about water, sewer, electrical, transportation?

  • What are the permitting and zoning requirements?

  • Where are the property setbacks?

  • What’s the best use of your property?

  • How can we help you get the best result for your investment?

  • How do you want to live?

  • What’s most important?

Step 4. Set a budget

Every Solluna home starts with a budget. Why? We have two important goals:

  • You want to be able to assess the feasibility of building your project within the budget you have in mind. The worst thing that could happen is to plan a project you can’t afford.

  • You want the best value for your investment. If you’re like most successful home owners, this means you’ll be prioritizing your goals and weighing your trade-offs. The Solluna design/build process is designed to give you the information you need to make good decisions.

 Don’t have a budget in mind yet? We can help you zero in on a likely target.

Step 5. Architectural plans take shape

You’ll work closely with the architectural designer, who draws floor plans, exterior elevations, and site plan to meet your goals and budget. It’s exciting to see your ideas take shape.

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Step 6. Rough estimate

When the plans are about 80 per cent complete, you’ll want to know:  How close are we to meeting your budget? 

To get an answer, Solluna develops a rough estimate based on the preliminary plans. Are we on target to meet your budget?

  • What changes do we need to make?

  • What else do we need to know?

  • When everything looks good, your project moves to the next step. Get ready to get busy.

 Step 7. Detailed planning

The rubber really hits the road.

  • The architectural designer completes detailed architectural and site plans, ready for permitting and construction.

  • A structural engineer prepares engineered plans for foundation and structure for your home, necessary for permitting.

  • You huddle with Solluna’s in-house expert to design your custom cabinets and interior millwork.

  • You work with the Solluna team to make decisions and select finishes and fixtures for your home – doors, appliances, flooring, tile, countertops, plumbing and lighting fixtures, and more.

  • Solluna confers with its team of trusted vendors and trade contractors to work out details and pricing for the different elements of your custom home or whole-house remodel.

  • Solluna develops detailed written specifications about the materials, products, and construction techniques to be used on your project.

  • Other professional experts step in as needed -- surveyor, geotechnical engineer, arborist, rainwater collection expert, and solar photovoltaic expert.

Clear communication

There’s now a lot information flowing through your project. How do we keep track of all these details and keep you informed along the way? Using our online team room.

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Planning and Design are complete

At the end of this flurry of activity, you now have:

  • Detailed architectural plans ready for permitting and construction

  • Decisions made about your Solluna home

  • Detailed, written construction specifications

  • An accurate cost estimate

You’re now ready to sign a fixed-price construction contract with Solluna Builders.

 

Step 8. Financing and Appraisal

The architectural plans and contract package go to your lender, who orders an appraisal. This process can take 4-6 weeks. 

When the appraisal is complete, you will sign closing documents, and the lender will release the first funds so that construction can begin.

It’s time to celebrate!

 

Step 9. Construction Begins

It took teamwork to complete planning and design.

And now that it’s time to build your Solluna home, teamwork really kicks in.

You’ll rest easy knowing that Solluna well-honed management practices and modern communication tools will keep your project moving swiftly and smoothly, forestalling delays and keeping costs in check.  

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On-site supervision

Our experienced Solluna construction supervisor coordinates and oversees the work on the job site. He keeps you up-to-date with reports and meetings at least once a week.

Purchasing and finances

It takes more than hammers and saws to build your Solluna home. Money, information, and detailed record-keeping are important tools too.

Our operations staff manages business relationships and purchasing with trade contractors, vendors, and lenders.

You get up-to-date reports and information.

Back at the office, we use sophisticated computerized accounting, record-keeping, and scheduling software.  

Trade contractors

Solluna’s loyal cadre of professional trades contractors are the best – foundation, framing, roofing, electrical, plumbing, and more. Like us, they’re very picky.

  • They believe in quality or they wouldn't be on the Solluna team.

  • And they deliver outstanding workmanship.

  • Savvy and experienced, they work closely with us and with each other to coordinate the work and make it run seamlessly.

Keeping the communication channels open

Our online team room keeps you and all team members on board and up-to-date with schedules, files, photos, and other information we need to share.

We’ll schedule progress updates, walk-throughs, and other on-site meetings with you as needed.

Step 10. Move into Your Solluna Home

It’s time to enjoy your new Solluna home and reap the reward from all your planning and preparation.

 Solluna home owners who walk with us through the process love the process. They understand that the more time the team spends on careful planning, the shorter the construction time. And at the end, they have a Solluna home they love.

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