Be a Part of the Process: How to Work with Your Construction Team

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When building a new home, it is important to stay informed and involved throughout the construction process. Working with your construction team from the project’s earliest stages will result in fewer construction phase changes and impacts to the building schedule. It can also save you money and ensure that the finished product is exactly what you envisioned. From pouring the slab to the final walk-through, you play a key role in the progress of your home and should take advantage of the many opportunities to provide input during the construction process.

You Should Always Be a Part of the Process

Planning is key to building a home. The construction step includes everything from clearing of the lot to the finishing hardware. You want to have a list of features that are most important to you and relay them to your home builder. Your new home construction counselor should answer any questions you have and keep you up to date on your home’s progress on an ongoing basis. You should meet with your construction team to understand how the project will progress. Along the way, you should receive quality assurance checkpoints during the key construction phases, get budget updates and decide on everything from the style of home you want to the type of hinges for the kitchen cabinets. Your construction team should be highly communicative, giving you ample time to make decisions and selections in order to keep the project on schedule.

Smith Brothers Construction has an incredible team of employees, craftsman, architects, designers, suppliers and sub-contractors that have all worked together for years. They have established a reputation across Southern California, San Diego and Hawaii as having the absolute highest level of quality in material and workmanship. Their team is there for their clients twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and offer excellent value and projects that are completed on time.


The first step in your home’s construction is to prepare and obtain all the permits that are required to build your home, including structural, plumbing, mechanical and electrical. Once approved, these permits allow construction on your home to be built to your specifications.


The next step in your home’s construction is to clear the lot, pour the foundation, complete the rough framing and install windows and exterior doors. Rough mechanicals are also installed during this phase. When these steps are done, you can have an orientation with the onsite builder to discuss the drywall.

The goal of Smith Brothers is to make each and every project as collaborative and transparent as possible. That way, their clients can make informed choices throughout the entire project – as this communication effort is the foundation for their entire home building process.

The Next Step

The next stage in building your home includes installing the drywall, finishing the interior details, the trim, the roof, any fireplace surrounds, cabinets and vanities, exterior finished such as brick, stucco, stone and siding. They will also install countertops, electrical components and plumbing. During this stage in the construction process, you should get a thorough orientation of your new home and make any adjustments as needed. This should be done before closing. You should know how to light your furnace, shut off the water and learn about any other features in your new home.

The Best Laid Plans

Even the best plans sometimes go astray. Keep that in mind during the construction process. Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate, contractors get delayed and mistakes sometimes do happen. Having patience and understanding is vital if you are going to make it all the way through this process. All the hard work will be well worth it when you finally step into the house of your dreams!


Smith Brothers is a unique team of construction craftsmen, architects, and interior designers. Since 1978, we stress the absolute highest levels of quality, performance, value and service in each and every project. Our award-winning design ideas, expertise, and collective experience allow us to provide the very best in what we do. For more information please contact us at 877-230-0333, (+01) 858-350-1445, or


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