Tony Prokop has been in the construction business for over 30 years. He has won MANY Parade of Homes Awards through the years and is currently building custom homes in Victoria, Cuero, Edna, Inez, Port O'Connor and the surrounding areas. Tony is an avid Port O' Connor fisherman who used to also be a fishing guide in Port O Connor and Baffin Bay.
We are widely recognized for our exceptionally organized, and stress-free building process. We guide you through the design paying special attention to the costs associated with structural features, design elements, placement, materials, etc. In fact, our pre-construction planning process often saves our clients tens of thousands of dollars. Once construction starts, our building process ensures the highest quality while minimizing change orders and cost overruns, and allows your building experience to run smoothly from start to finish!
This initial meeting takes place at the Prokop Custom Homes Sales Office with the Client. In this meeting we will:
- Review the Client’s initial location criteria.
- Discuss the Client’s initial design criteria.
- Have a preliminary discussion about client’s budget.
- Discuss interim and permanent financing, if necessary.
This Lot Analysis will include:
- We will detail lot criteria, covering such topics, issues (well, septic and electricity) and whether the lot needs to have a view and if so what should it have a view of.
- We will also discuss lot dynamics, such as sun angles, wind factors, topography and how it will affect the building site, trees, etc.
In this critical first meeting with the Architect and/or the Designer, we will all meet at the homesite to cover a number of key topics, including:
- Home orientation, tree topography, sun orientation, etc.
- The Client will present any pictures, floor plan examples
- The Client, Builder and Designer will discuss style, interior design features, layout, building product preferences and Client’s list of design guidelines.
- We will have a discussion of preferred home design style (i.e., Mediterranean, Tuscan, Ranch, etc.)
- We will cover desired interior design features such as columns, arches and built-ins.
- We will discuss the home layout and floor plan, and any special furniture considerations.
- We will talk about building product preference for things like windows, exterior doors, and roofing.
- Prokop Custom Homes will help the Client develop a list of design guidelines in order of importance, i.e., total square footage, number of bedrooms, number of baths.
The Conceptual Plan or Schematic is a 1:10 scale drawing with initial dimensions of the home layout on the selected home site. When the Conceptual Plan is ready:
- The Client reviews the initial layout.
- Client meets with Builder, Designer and Architect to discuss layout / changes.
- Prokop returns revisions to Architect / Designer.
The Preliminary Plan is 1/4″ scale drawings of the front elevation, floor plan and site plan, with topographic overlays showing the house situated on the homesite.
Now the Client meets with Builder and Architect to review the plan for any modifications:
In this meeting the builder will walk the Client through every aspect of the home, from the stone and lumber down to the door hinges. We walk room by room through the home and define the scope of the project, identify the materials we will use in the project, and the allowances the client will have to work with.
The process sometimes can take up to two separate meetings to cover everything.
At this point, Prokop Custom Homes will price the house within 7 days of the final preliminary Plan & Specifications meeting.
We then review the initial Construction Cost Sheet & Specifications with the Client. If the price doesn’t meet the Client’s budget, Prokop Custom Homes will review and re-price the Construction Cost Sheet and modify the Specifications. The Client then accepts the finalized Construction Cost Sheet & Specifications. (Prokop Custom Homes price, based on the finalized Construction Cost Sheet, Specifications & preliminary plan, is valid for 30 days.)
It’s time to form an agreement:
- The Customer and Prokop Custom Homes sign the Construction Cost Sheet, Specifications and contracts.
- The Customer places a 5% deposit of the sales price with Prokop Custom Homes.
Now it’s time to get the financing finalized if need be:
- The Customer selects an interim and mortgage lender.
- The Customer finalizes required documents for the interim and mortgage lender.
- Prokop Custom Homes distributes two sets of Construction Cost Sheets, Specifications, contracts & preliminary plans to the Customer’s lender.
At this point everyone has a very clear picture of the home. Now it’s time to engage the Architect / Designer to complete the plans:
- The Architect / Designer produces revised Construction Drawings (CDs).
- The Customer reviews CD revisions,
- The Customer and Prokop Custom Homes review changes, if any, to produce finalized CDs.
- Prokop Custom Homes and Architect / Designer review plans and produce final CDs, including engineering & structural drawings.
- Architect / Designer completes final CDs and prints necessary number of sets for construction.
Now we must get the necessary approvals from the City or government entities:
- PCH submits plans to all local authorities.
- PCH receives acceptance from proper authorities.
With all plans and approvals in place it is time to close on the interim financing:
- Customer schedules a date for interim closing with the Title Company if necessary.
Now we have the FUN- THE SELECTION PROCESS!!
ALL selections need to be made prior to start of construction as to not hold up construction and make sure everything is on schedule and just to make sure everyone is on the same page.
Now construction begins. We start by with the lot clearing:
- All existing trees and shrubs that will be kept are marked.
- Extraneous trees and shrubs are cleared.
- Any grading or leveling work is completed.
- Erosion control is put in place.
The foundation stage is critical to the final quality of your home. At this stage:
- A structural engineer prepares the slab design, calculating load, analyzing elasticity of soil, determining slab drops, drainage, etc.
- We use hand-tied steel slabs for our homes, which result in a more stable foundation.
- A concrete pump then delivers the concrete in place. Using a concrete pump stops separation of sand, rock and cement, controls water content, and reduces time of pour.
Now it’s time to put sticks in the air! During the framing stage the subfloor, trusses, studs, headers and support beams are put in place, along with the support structures for ceiling treatments:
- The fixed price model we use protects our Customers from fluctuations in lumber prices.
- Sterling uses steel beams to eliminate deflection and carry loads over large spans.
- A frame carpenter builds the walls, joists, rafters, arches, ceiling treatments, cornices, fascias, and decking
- Windows and exterior doors are installed.
Now we add the mechanical elements of the home:
- The Rough-in stage involves installing plumbing with top-outs, HVAC duct work, and electrical wiring.
- The HVAC stage includes calculating A/C Load for energy efficiency, and a REScheck which is a computerized analysis that measures the compliance of insulation and window packages, based on local building codes.
- Next we add the structured wiring including surround sound, home automation, computerized lighting, etc.
- At the end of the Mechanical stage we walk-through the home with the customer and review details on electrical wiring, swimming pool, stereo/computer wiring and cabinets.
At this point your home really starts to take shape. During the Wall Finishes stage we:
- Install and check all insulation and expandable foam.
- Install sheetrock
- Apply wall texture
The Interior Finishes stage includes:
- Installing all cabinets.
- Installing all doors and trim (crown molding, MDF trim, block paneling, etc.)
- Installing flooring (tile, stone, wood, carpet, etc.), transitions, and decorative borders.
- During this phase the Customer will do a trim walk with the Builder or Builders Representative to determine closet rod heights, shelf sizing and locations, etc.
Now we finish out the home by installing all fixtures, including:
- Lighting fixtures
- Plumbing fixtures
- Bath hardware
- Mirrors and glass
- At this point the Builder schedules a Final Home Demonstration with the Customer.
- Utility services are transferred.
Before we turn the home over to you we work to make sure it is as perfect as possible.
- The Builder performs a final home preparation, and completes “to-do” list.
- Customer attends Final Home Demonstration and Walk through
- Financial wrap-up of allowances.
- Warranty information and procedures reviewed.
- Schedule and complete the closing.
Prokop Custom Homes is just as committed to your satisfaction once you take possession of your home, as we are during construction.
We have our own rigid standards for the quality construction of our homes and these meet or exceed standard warranty practices found throughout Texas.