When our raising crew is finished on site, the shell of the home is weathertight and insulated, with the windows, doors and interior partitions installed. From this point on, the local builder and/or the homeowner typically manage the work on site. If it’s a Tempo project, then Unity will provide many of the finishes and fixtures, to be installed by local tradespeople. In those limited cases in which Unity is able to provide Whole House service, Unity will take the project through to completion.
Whether Shell, Tempo or Whole House, Unity provides solutions for finishing the home efficiently and predictably. The performance of the home is essentially guaranteed by the shell itself—the thick, well-insulated walls, air-tight construction and triple glazed windows. On the exterior of the wall panels, we preinstall strapping to create a rainscreen siding detail. We preinstall chases through the insulated wall panels for items such as venting ducts, hose bibs, exterior outlets and lights. On the interior, the panels include a service cavity that facilitates wiring, and the studs in our interior partitions are pre-drilled for wires. We give consideration to where the mechanical systems will be located and ducts will be run. And if the local builder or subs have questions, the project manager and site supervisor are available to respond.
Exterior and Interior Finishing
Roughing in mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems typically begins soon after our assembly crew is done. Roofing, exterior trim and siding can be installed concurrently. Once the MEP systems are in place and signed off, interior finishes such as sheetrock, flooring, tile and trim are installed. Cabinetry is installed in the kitchen and bathrooms, and then the finish plumbing and electrical work can commence.
Amy H, Unity Homeowner
It’s energy efficient. It lives really well. I love the look. It feels like I’m getting ‘away’ every time I come home.
Closing Out the Project
We’ve heard contractors joke half-seriously that the last 10% of the project can take 90% of the time. That’s not the case on Unity projects, but it is true that getting a project efficiently across the finish line often requires extra effort.
Because most of the projects we do are Shell or Tempo, the local builder is responsible for finishing the work and obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy (where applicable). Unity’s project manager is available to answer questions and provide information to the local builder and the owner as work on site progresses. We recommend to homeowners that they meet with the builder at the point of Substantial Completion (when the house is technically occupiable) to review the remaining tasks – the punch list. It’s important also to discuss the schedule at that point. Ideally the contractor will be able to commit to a date for final completion, and then deliver the finished home by that date.