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Frequently Asked Questions

Our customers become our family because our commitment to you does not end when your home or re-model is completed. We stand behind our craftsmanship to ensure your ultimate satisfaction. Our outstanding reputation is based on our values, as well as the value we place on you our clients. We know there are many choices out there and to help you narrow down your search these are the answers to our commonly asked questions.

How do we begin the building process withTri-Built Services, Inc.?

Phase I

  • Introductory Meeting
  • Exploration Meeting with our Sales Director
  • Meet our President and internal Team Members
  • Call and visit our references

Phase II

  • Building site visit
  • Site Review Checklist completed
  • High/Low Estimate discussion
  • Explore finance options with lending partners
  • Plan Creation/Professional Services Agreement Signed ($1k-$5k deposit depending on size)
  • Site Survey completed (topo, trees, set backs & lot corners staked)

Phase III

  • Pre-Allowance/Color Selection appointment with Interior Designer
  • Proposed Specifications Interview conducted

Phase IV

  • Preliminary House Plans back from Plan Designer (Floorplan, Front Elevation, Site Plan and Electrical Page)
  • Initial Estimate compiled

Phase V

  • Present Initial Estimate quote
  • Building Contract signed ($7,500 deposit)
  • Final redlined floor plan changes given to Plan Designer

Phase VI

  • Final redlined floor plan changes back from Plan Designer
  • Side and rear elevations, roof and cabinets drawn by Plan Designer
  • All allowance items finalized, as well as interior/exterior color selections made with Interior Designer

Phase VII

  • Final full complete set of floor plans presented for approval
  • Floor plans, specifications and site plan submitted to Lender for appraisal
  • Plans submitted for engineering and to HOA for ACC approval
  • Final Contract and Construction Specifications presented to client
  • Construction loan closed

Phase VIII

  • Pre-construction meeting
  • On-site foundation stake-out/tree meeting
  • Ground breaking celebration!
  • Start of construction--slab poured, begin framing

Phase IX

  • Finish framing
  • Pre-electrical/drywall/trim carpentry, insulation, cabinets and low-voltage walk through
  • Finish construction
  • Tri-Built QI inspection (internal quality inspection) performed

Phase X

  • Pre-closing homeowners orientation walk-through and punch list created
  • Pre-close completed punch list sign-off meeting
  • Close escrow at title company--keys given over
  • Welcome to your beautiful new home!


In what cities will Tri-Built Services, Inc. build my new home?

Tri-Built Services, Inc. is located in Spring Branch, TX, North of San Antonio, not to be confused by the same named city outside of Houston. We build in the San Antonio City Limits and North of the city from Seguin to Bandera. These areas include but are not limited to Seguin, Luling, Clear Springs, Geronimo, San Marcos, New Braunfels, Gruene, Canyon Lake, Blanco, Bulverde, Stone Oak, Fair Oaks, Bergheim, Kendalia, Boerne, Comfort, Center Point, Camp Verde, Bandera, Marble Falls and Pipe Creek.

How long will it take to build my new home?

  1. The conceptual plan, design and bid process usually takes 3 to 5 weeks to complete.
  2. Obtaining City Permits, County Permits, and HOA approvals can take up to 6 weeks but usually can be achieved in 3 weeks.
  3. The actual build time usually takes about 3 months for every 1500 square foot of air conditioned space in your new home. Example: if your new home is approximately 4500 square feet of air conditioned space, construction should take about 9 months until you can move in to your new home. Of course, everything is dependent on the complexity of the project.

Does Tri-Built have financing available?

Yes, Tri-Built Services, Inc. works with many lenders to offer interim financing for construction and your Long Term Mortgage. Tri-Built is not a broker and these services are independent of Tri-Built. Call us for contact information with these competitive finance options.

If we do not have our own plans, can Tri-Built help with our design and plans?

You bet we can. At Tri-Built, we love to be involved from the conceptual home design stage. We have architects and Registered Texas Home Designers who can draw your plans for you. These individuals are independent contractors and they will have your best interest in mind when working on your new home.

What are Tri-Built Services, Inc. standard features?

We pride ourselves on quality construction for a fair price. Some of the building practices we use on our homes are:

  • Engineered, steel reinforced foundation with a minimum 3000 psi concrete
  • Treated toe plates, bolted on exterior walls, on 1st floor of residence
  • 16" on center framing practices, with fire blocking
  • 7/16" OSB Exterior Sheathing with TYVEK house wrap
  • Second story floors have engineered floor joists with minimum 1 1/8" Advantech flooring
  • All Exterior penetrations to be foam sealed
  • Pest Shield in Wall pest tubing with Borate treatment on toe plates for termite protection in standard insulated homes. Not available on foam insulated homes.
  • Window of choice by customer - Aluminum, Vinyl, or Wood windows available from Plygem and Pella
  • 100% masonry exterior, rock and/or stucco
  • 15 SEER HVAC systems by Amana, Ruud or Carrier with Rigid Main Trunk Lines and April Air Media Filters
  • Insulation - Tri-Built can insulate two different ways:
    1. Batt and blown insulation using r-13 or r-19 batts at exterior walls and r-30 or r-38 blown at attic areas. All interior walls to have r-11
    2. Use a spray foam product "icynene" at all exterior walls and roof trusses. Sound batts at interior walls. This is the most energy efficient method but upfront costs are higher. We will discuss this in more detail at the planning stages.
  • Copper Wiring Throughout
  • Rinnai tank less water heaters
  • Home and Lighting controls available upon request by Lutron, Control Four and On-Q
  • Pre-Wired for today's technical needs with RG-6 and Cat5 wiring
  • Drywall installed with screws, 1/2" on walls and 5/8" on ceilings. Green board at all wet areas.
  • Texture of choice by homeowner
  • Homes Painted with Sherwin Williams paints for durability and wear
  • 40 year caulk minimum used on exterior and interior applications
  • Real hardwood cabinets with wood boxes, 3/4" dado construction, dove tail drawers, with many door choices to choose from
  • Trim - 3 1/2" door casing, 5 1/2" base, Window aprons & sills, unlimited Crown mold options.
  • Granite Countertops throughout
  • Tile and wood floors with minimal carpeting
  • Irrigation and Landscaping available

Does Tri-Built allow 3rd party inspectors on site?

Yes, Tri-Built actually hires a 3rd party inspector at the end of the mechanical stage to inspect all mechanicals, and the structural integrity of the framing. Tri-Built also has the slab inspected by an engineer before pouring the concrete. The county that the home is being built in will inspect the septic system before a License for Use will be issued.

What type of insurance does Tri-Built Have?

Tri-Built carries Builders Risk and General Liability on every home we build.

What is Tri-Built's warranty?

We back our homes with a full one year warranty from completion for any and all items. We have a two year warranty on all mechanical systems, and a ten year structural warranty.