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RD Campbell Custom Homes

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A Guide to Building your Home


Building a custom home can be overwhelming for the new homeowner.  When deciding to build a custom home, knowing what to expect is an important factor in your decision to build.  This general guideline serves to help our clients see visions becomes reality.

Locating your home site

Some clients building a custom home already own the land where they plan to build.  Our initial meeting with potential clients is visiting your home site with you. From there, we can make specific recommendations as to what home type would work best, the positioning of the home on the site and identification of any potential issues that may be associated with your home site. If your property requires a septic system/water well, this is the time to get the process started.  If you have not purchased property, we will be glad to work with you to help select the ideal site for your new home.

**Some subdivisions only allow particular builder/builders to construct homes in their location, so you will need to pay close attention to those requirements when you decide where to build.

Deciding on a Floor Plan

The next step is working with a home designer to plan your new home.  RD Campbell Custom Homes in-house designers work with you to create the architectural design and complete the detailed engineering of the build.  It is at this point that we determine how the home will be situated on your home site.

Once the home plan is finalized and the optional features have been chosen, we will be able to provide a cost estimate of the construction. In addition, we provide a standard selection sheet of hardware and lighting to make this process as easy as possible.


Financing with Loans

There are two major components to financing the construction of your new home. The first is to obtain a construction loan and the second is to obtain permanent financing on your loan. Typically these are combined to give the buyer a one-time (1x) close.

Beginning Home Construction

Once we have your final plans, interior and exterior selections completed and your loan has funded, it is time to start construction! The initial phases—foundation and framing—may seem to take time, but once the frame is up, prepare to move quickly! We will be updating you on a weekly basis throughout the entire home building process, reminding you when it is nearing time for the next phase. The list below outlines the construction staging process.


Survey the lot and locate the home on the site (water/sewer if needed) 

Clear trees and prepare site for foundation 

Lay foundation boards and install underground plumbing 

Dig, sandbag, inspect and pour the foundation; pest control applied 


Frame the home 

Construct fireplace (if applicable) 

Install windows 

Put on exterior sheathing/siding 

Deck and felt the roof 

Lay the shingles/roofing 

Install plumbing and pipes 

Wire for electricity 

Paint exterior of home 

Add heating and air duct work 

Insulate the walls 

Sheet Rock & Exterior 

Install the sheetrock 

Finish exterior walls in brick/stucco/stone 

Interior Trim & Finishes 

Texture interior walls 

Install kitchen cabinets 

Install other cabinets, shelving, bathroom vanities and interior doors 

Prime interior walls, doors and trim 

Paint/stain cabinets, interior walls, doors and trim 

Install garage doors (and opener, if included) 

Install heating and cooling system 

Install electrical trims and lighting 

Install plumbing fixtures 

Install kitchen countertops, bath tile and lay backsplash 

Final paint on walls and trim 

Install mirrors and shower doors (if needed) 

Install flooring (tile, vinyl or wood) 

Install appliances, cabinet pulls, towel bars, etc. 

Lay carpet 

Final make-ready cleaning and touch-up work 


Pour driveway and walks 

Install guttering 

Final grade and sprinkler system (if included) 

Landscape with sod or seed (if included in price) 

Final punch out of home 

Final review of home with customer 

Final survey of finished home 

Final county and/or municipal inspections

Customer Orientation

Upon completion of your new custom home, we schedule a “walk-through” to orient you with your new home.  At this point, we encourage you to be as detail-oriented as possible to make sure the house meets your expectations.  We also acquaint you with your new appliances, security system and other important aspects of your new home. By the end of the orientation, you will be familiar with basic care, troubleshooting, and emergency procedures.


At your closing, you will receive additional information that will assist you in maintaining your new home. You will also receive a booklet containing the names and phone numbers of all the major suppliers and tradesmen that worked on creating your new home.

New Home Warranty

After closing you will find that, you will receive outstanding service through our warranty program. RD Campbell Custom Homes offers an industry standard warranty that covers the workmanship and building products used in your new home for one year. A ten-year transferable warranty is offered on all structural components.




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