Building Process

Homesite Preparation

During this stage:

  • Permits and approvals are obtained.
  • Terry Covey determines where your home will sit on the homesite.
  • Your home’s position and orientation (“right” or “left”) is determined by such factors as terrain, drainage, utility easements, and municipal requirements for setback and side yards. Due to technical requirements, Terry Covey Custom Homes assumes sole discretion for home placement.
  • Your homesite is surveyed and marked to show final positioning.
  • The land is cleared of obstructions, and the soil is prepared for construction.
  • Existing trees may be removed from the home site as necessary, based on state and local laws and sound building practices. Terry Covey Custom Homes does not accept responsibility for the life of existing trees. 


This is one of the most important stages of construction. All of our foundations are designed by a licensed professional engineer and are inspected by a Building Inspector of the City before and during concrete placement.


After the foundation is in place, the structure is ready to be framed.  Framing can take up to 3 weeks depending on weather and the size of the home.

During this phase:

  • The framing for each floorplan is individually engineered to meet structural requirements.
  • Wood studs, beams, floor joists and/or floor trusses, and rafters are used to create the skeletal structure of the home.
  • The exterior walls, interior walls, and roof are erected.
  • Framing is always inspection by a Framing Inspector of the City.

Exterior Trim and Roof

Referred to as the cornice/roof stage. Once the roof is completed, the house is considered “dried in.”

During this phase:

  • Exterior sheathing is applied.Trim and Roofing by Terry Covey
  • Windows and exterior rear doors are installed.
  • The eaves, fascia, and overhang are built.
  • Brick, stone or stucco is installed during this stage.
  • Roof decking and shingles are put into place.

Mechanical Rough/Insulation

It can be difficult to see the progress that’s being made during this stage, but important work is going on inside the walls of your home.

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Finally, your home is beginning to look less like a construction project and more like a home.

During this stage:

  • The sheetrock is installed.
  • It is then taped and floated to cover fastener holes and seams.
  • Texture is applied to the walls.

Interior Trim

The trim stage focuses on the fine carpentry details that finish a home.

During this stage:

  • Bath and kitchen cabinets are built.
  • Moldings and baseboards are installed.
  • Interior doors are hung.


Painting brings color and personality to your home.

During this stage:

  • Interior painting, caulking, and staining begins.
  • Exterior painting is done, dependent on weather conditions.

Mechanical Trim

Once the interior painting is finished, the mechanical details can be added.

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During this stage:

  • Plumbing fixtures are installed.
  • Electrical fixtures are installed.
  • The HVAC compressor and thermostat are installed.
  • The alarm keypads and control panel are mounted (if applicable)

Final Touches

Finally, many of the final details can be added to your home.

During this stage:

  • Mirrors are hung.
  • All final paint and stain is touched up.
  • Carpet is installed.

Walk Thru

Time to Close - Transition the home over to you, its new owners!