Our Process

Custom Homes Building Process

We believe you should enjoy the process of building your new home. When you embark on this experience with us, you will have expert staff by your side to guide and support you every step of the way.  Our objective is not only to build you a top-quality custom home but also to serve as your partners in the process.

The Initial Interview

You will start the process by meeting with builder and company president Chip Iuliano.   Chip will want to determine your vision for your new home, your lifestyle, your priorities and your budget considerations.  Once he has a chance to get to know you, he will make recommendations to best fit your needs, putting his 30-plus years of experience as a home builder to work for you.

Plan Development Stage

You may bring in plans you have already selected to help define the features that you are looking for in your new home. Some buyers have several sets of plans with features they would like to bring together.

You are also welcome to select (and modify if needed) a plan from our extensive collection -- or you can have a plan drawn up for your specific needs.  

ABT works closely with professional home designer Tim Mayfield (Mayfield Designs Inc.) to make adjustments to existing plans or to design your dream home. 

Both Tim and Chip are intuitive about adjusting the nuances of the home to suit the buyer.  It may take several meetings to fine-tune the details of the plans to your specifications.  

Chip will also spend time discussing the amenities you want included.  Once the plans and the specifications for your home are finalized, we will provide you with a proposal for the construction.

Contract Meeting

After the plans and specifications are finalized and the proposal is accepted, we will present you with the purchase agreement along with your custom home specifications detailing all of the amenities to be included in your home.  All of the details from plumbing fixtures to floor finishes will be included as part of the contract to assure all parties are in agreement about what will be included.  As soon as the contract is signed, our staff will immediately begin the permitting process and get your new home under way.

Orientation Meeting

Our goal is to give you a clear understanding of the selection, construction and warranty processes.  You will be introduced to the office staff who will assist you from contract to closing and beyond into the warranty period.  You will also be introduced to your seasoned superintendent who will be managing the construction of your home and to an experienced designer who will help you select your cabinets, countertops, flooring, paint colors and lighting fixtures. After this meeting, you should have a complete understanding of what to expect during and after construction. 

Still, our staff will be available at all times to help with any questions or concerns that may arise. 

Pre-Settlement Orientation

As your home nears completion, the last formally scheduled meeting with your superintendent will cover important information about your warranty and the completion of your home's final inspection.  Your superintendent will cover all the details on all the equipment in your home and provide you with all the operating manuals and warranty paperwork.  You will also be shown how to secure all utilities.

Closing

The Operations Manager, Robin Deighan, will assist and guide you through the closing on your home.  She will coordinate with the bank and the attorneys to insure all the necessary documentation is completed for a quick and timely closing.

Post Closing

Our Office Administrator, Toni Jurko, will coordinate all post-closing warranty work on your home in a timely and thorough fashion.

Make yourself at home

Only you and your family can make this house a home when you move in, but you can take comfort in knowing that your friends at ABT Custom Homes are there for you if you need them. 

Our custom homes can be found in many of Hampton Roads premier communities....