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October 3, 2023

Breaking Down Our BOYL Construction Process

At Sandlin Homes, we understand that your dream home is so much more than just bricks and stones—it's a reflection of your unique vision and aspirations. Our commitment to delivering exceptional new homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area has been the cornerstone of our reputation for decades. If you're considering our Build On Your Lot (BOYL) process, we're thrilled to take you through every step of the journey. From the initial planning stages to the moment you walk into your new home, we're here to make your dream a reality—and we’re also here to guide you with expertise and ensure you understand the building process from start to finish. 

Read below as we provide an insider's view of our Build on Your Lot construction process, shedding light on every significant phase and what you can expect along the way.

Pre-Construction: Laying the foundation for your vision

After you’ve found the perfect lot for you and your family in the DFW area, you’ll begin by starting with these initial steps that lay the groundwork for your dream home. From choosing the perfect plan for you to finalizing your contract, your journey to a custom-built masterpiece begins here.

  • Step 1 - Plan Design: The first step is to transform your vision into a concrete plan. Our expert team of architects and designers will work closely with you to understand your needs and preferences. Together, we'll create a personalized home design that captures your dream in every detail.
  • Step 2 - Design Center Selection: With the plan in place, it's time to explore our Design Center. Here, you'll have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of high-quality materials and finishes to give your home a unique touch. Our selection includes everything from flooring and cabinetry to lighting fixtures and paint colors.
  • Step 3 - Low Voltage Selection: In today's technology-driven world, low-voltage systems are integral to modern living. You'll have the chance to select the latest in home automation and security systems to ensure your new home is equipped with the features that matter most to you.
  • Step 4 - Finalize Contract: With all the details in place, we'll finalize the contract, ensuring that every aspect of your vision is covered and that both parties are on the same page. Our commitment to transparency means there are no surprises along the way.
  • Step 5 -  Permit Submission: We'll handle the paperwork, submitting all necessary permits and approvals to local authorities. This ensures that your project adheres to all regulations and codes, giving you peace of mind.
  • Step 6 - Team Meeting With Sandlin: Before construction begins, we'll host a team meeting to introduce you to the dedicated professionals who will bring your dream to life. Communication is key, and we'll be here to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have.

Preformation: Laying the groundwork

As you move forward in the construction journey of your custom Sandlin home on your lot in the vibrant DFW area, the preformation phase takes center stage. Here, we lay the essential groundwork to ensure your dream home stands on a strong foundation. 

  • Step 1 - Lot Level: Preparing your lot is crucial for a strong foundation. Our team will ensure the lot is leveled and ready for the next steps.
  • Step 2 - Form Boards: Form boards are used to outline the foundation. Precision is essential to ensure your home's structure is perfectly aligned.
  • Step 3 - Form Board Survey: A survey is conducted to verify the accuracy of the form boards and ensure they meet the design specifications.
  • Step 4 - Plumb Rough: Plumbing rough-ins are installed at this stage, setting the groundwork for your home's water and sewage systems.
  • Step 5 - Slab Grade: Before pouring the foundation, the slab grade is carefully inspected to ensure it meets the necessary standards.

Foundation: Building a solid base

Next, as we continue to shape your dream home, the foundation phase takes center stage. This is where the solid base for your custom-built home is carefully crafted.

  • Step 1 - Foundation Makeup: The foundation makeup is determined by your home's design and the soil conditions of your lot.
  • Step 2 - Inspection Slab: A thorough inspection is conducted to ensure the foundation is in perfect condition before proceeding.
  • Step 3 - Pour Slab: The concrete foundation is poured, creating the sturdy base upon which your dream home will stand.
  • Step 4 - Rough Grade: The area around the foundation is graded to ensure proper drainage and prevent water-related issues.

With each of these steps, we're building not just a foundation—but a strong, lasting platform for your future in your beautiful new home.

Frame/Mechanics: Bringing your home to life

At this stage, we're not just constructing a house—we're bringing your unique vision to life. Each element is carefully considered and meticulously executed to ensure your new custom home in DFW is not only beautiful—but also functional, comfortable and built to last. The frame and mechanics stage involves several essential components, including:

  • Frame House: The structural skeleton of your home is carefully constructed to provide strength and stability.
  • Windows: High-quality windows are installed to provide natural light, energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal.
  • Plumbing: The plumbing system is meticulously installed to ensure the smooth flow of water throughout your home.
  • Roofing: The roof is crafted to provide protection from the elements while adding architectural charm to your home.
  • HVAC: Your home's heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are installed to provide comfort year-round.
  • Fireplace: If desired, a fireplace is installed to create a cozy focal point in your living space.
  • Electric: Electrical systems are expertly installed to power your home efficiently and safely.
  • Exterior Doors: Entry and exterior doors are installed, combining security with style.
  • Low Bolt: Low bolts are implemented to reinforce the security of your home.
  • Termite Treatment: Protective measures are taken to prevent termite infestations and ensure the longevity of your home.
  • Poly Seal/ Insulation: High-quality insulation is installed to enhance energy efficiency and maintain a comfortable interior climate.

Fit & Finish: Adding the final touches

As we approach the final stages of building your dream home in the bustling DFW area, the fit and finish phase brings us closer to the moment when your vision becomes a reality. This is the stage where every detail, from aesthetics to functionality, is carefully attended to, resulting in a home that reflects your unique style and preferences. Let's explore the meticulous steps that transform your house into a welcoming and beautifully finished home:

  • Sheetrock: Sheetrock is installed to create smooth, clean walls and ceilings throughout your home.
  • Drywall: The drywall is expertly finished to provide a flawless canvas for your interior design choices.
  • Brick/Stone: If your home features brick or stone elements, these are carefully installed to enhance its exterior charm.
  • Trim & Doors: Interior trim work and doors are installed, adding character and style to your living spaces.
  • Paint Interior: The interior is painted with your chosen colors, allowing you to express your personality and style.
  • Cabinet Install: Custom cabinets are installed in kitchens, bathrooms and other areas, combining functionality and aesthetics.
  • Tile Install: Precisely laid tile adds beauty and durability to bathrooms, kitchens and other spaces.
  • Countertops: High-quality countertops are installed, providing both practical workspaces and visual appeal.
  • Tile Backsplash: A tile backsplash is added to kitchens and bathrooms, enhancing their visual appeal and functionality.
  • Mechanical Trims: Final mechanical trims, such as HVAC vents and electrical fixtures, are installed to ensure a polished appearance.
  • Flooring: Your choice of flooring is installed, completing the look of each room and adding comfort underfoot.
  • Appliances: Modern appliances are installed in the kitchen and other designated areas.

Move In: Your dream home awaits

After all the hard work and dedication, it's finally time to move in. We'll conduct a thorough inspection to ensure everything is perfect before handing you the keys to your new home. Your journey with Sandlin Homes doesn't end here—it's just the beginning of a lifetime of memories in your dream home.

At Sandlin Homes, our BOYL construction process is designed to turn your vision into a reality. We take pride in being your partner every step of the way, ensuring your dream home is built with the utmost care and craftsmanship. If you're ready to embark on this exciting journey with a new custom home in DFW, give us a call at (800) 821-4663 or fill out our online form, and let's start building the home of your dreams with a custom homebuilder in DFW you can trust.


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