True Built Home Standard Features
I once went on a trip to Mexico, and the trip we took said, “standard transportation provided”. When we got there, it was a donkey! When a company says “these are our standards”, but either refuses, or will not tell you what the standards are, you will be surprised by what you end up with. For instance, below are a set of the links to companies that do the same program of building as True Built Home, and that’s where it stops. Because if you look at their “Standards” you wouldn’t know if you were driving a Land Cruiser or riding a donkey!
If you have come to our site hoping to find a cheap builder who hides the items that they install in their homes, you are mistaken. We offer the nicest finishes hands down against any of these other builders. That is why we are proud to list the items we install in our homes, while they hide what they do. Do you get the sense of that?
Highlighting this accomplishes a few things. It means that TBH is in your corner to force big builders to shave the cost of the items they install in their homes (often cheap and inferior) to increase their profits. BTW, at your expense. If you are content to give them your money, perhaps you should take a look at our standards, that are highly transparent. The other thing it accomplishes, they will change or just get mad, or both.
Beginning March 26th 2013 All homes greater than 1400 sq ft, and are not considered one of our “ADU or Casita” homes, will come STANDARD Electric Furnace Package (add $450 for Natural Gas) and a 50 gallon .95 Energy Efficiency Hot Water Tank
Exterior Materials and Specifications
Please look carefully as we have italicized areas that True Built Home (TBH) hands down gives you more than our competitors.
Steel Reinforced 2’ Foundation Wall 5 Sack
6” x 12” Footings
Whole house horizontal lap siding. This is a concrete siding from Hardie called Cemplank. Our standard siding is our competitions upgrade. (Brand is dependent on regional availability)
Board and Bat Siding on Gables
Fiberglass insulated 6-panel entry doors with glass. Our main brand are Codel Entry Systems. Others use metal, and while nice, the front door often dents during construction..
Man doors and any other exterior doors can be upgrade to fiberglass. (TBH chosen brand) We offer two different upgrades and they all can be painted at factory at an additional cost.
All of home windows are boxed wrapped 4×4. We currently offer 2 additional trim packages as upgrades.
Depending on your building area, TBH will select a brand vinyl windows of equal or greater quality. We prefer Milgard, JELD-WEN, or Cascade Windows. Colors other than white offered at additional cost. Click here to view an additional window option that is within our budget.
Please note: Screens are included, however these are to be installed by the client.
2”x 6” HF (Hemlock Fir) exterior stud walls At 16” o.c. We also offer a Doug Fir package as an upgrade. Please contact a True Built Home consultant for a price for your True Built Home
7/16” Structural Exterior Grade Panel Sheathing
Owens Corning Wrap or comparable wraps
2”x 4” HF interior stud walls At 16” o.c. We also offer a Doug Fir package as an upgrade. Please contact a True Built Home consultant for a price for your True Built Home
23/32” OSB (Orientated Strand board) Edge Gold Floor Decking
Engineered Wood I- Joists @ 19.2 O.C.
Engineered roof trusses spaced 24” o.c. with a 4/12 pitch (we also offer 6/12 pitch at additional cost) This is a 30 year architectural roofing, with ridge vent. TBH chosen brands include Pabco, IKO or GAF, which has a lifetime warranty. Currently, if you prefer to have Owens Corning, we charge additional for this particular brand of product. Call for details.
Gable ends overhang 12”, tail ends overhang 16” 2” x 4” Out-lookers at gable ends for strength
7/16” OSB roof sheathing stapled to Ttrusses
White seamless aluminum with downspouts. In Eastern Washington and Idaho gutters are offered as an option in place of fully enclosed soffits.
4” garage floor slab 5 sack
Two frost free hose bibs
Per code, a light at all exterior doors TBH brand is Dolan
2-Canned lights in porches (if called for in plan). Some of our competitors charge extra for these fixtures.
Interior Materials and Specifications
Beginning March 26th, all homes larger than 1400 sq. ft, will now come with Electric Furnace package (This bonus will be a TBH chosen brand, but almost all of our areas install Trane) If you prefer Natural Gas, please allow for an additional $450 in your budget for gas piping and vented required for these units.
Electrical rough in to code
200-amp service with main disconnect
Two telephone outlets
Two cat 5 outlets
Two cable TV outlets
Microwave outlet. Others charge as much as $175.00
Decorator light fixture package 3 standard choices . Others charge as much as $1,000 for our standard.
All exterior light fixtures receive a bronze finish as we have found satin finish simply does not weather well.
Ceiling lights and outlets per code
Smoke detectors per code
GFI’s in kitchen, baths, garage, and two exterior outlets
Recessed lights in kitchen and covered porch if part of plan (typically five to six lights are included)
Garage to code
Kitchen, utility, and bathroom fans venting to exterior. TBH chosen brands, but normally Broan
Attic space has vent blocks/bird blocks installed in eves at every truss space. No code require for caulk.
Kitchen and bath cabinets brand: Aristokraft available in several finishes (the Coco Glaze is not included as part of our standard finish). These are high quality birch cabinets with PLYWOOD boxes, you read write. Often other builders will charge you upwards of $1500-$2000 more per home package.
Master bathroom-36” cabinets
Guest baths 30’’
Vanities Kitchen 36’’
Tile backsplash in kitchen and bathrooms. Others use wood, and offer an upgrade to tile.
Hardwood self edge included
Vinyl areas – Kitchen, Baths, and Utility (TBH Chosen Vendor)
Carpet areas – Living Room, Family Room, Dining Room, Bedrooms, Halls and Entry (TBH Chosen Brand)
8 lb. carpet pad. Others offer 6lb standard and an upgrade to an 8lb pad. If they don’t mention the pad weight, its 6lb.
Formica – All counters formica laminate matte and high-d finish self-edge( Bull nose available, also known as rolled edges, available upon request as upgrade)
Upgrades available-one sink per bathroom. Double vanities available upon request
Plumbing rough-in and finished
Per plan: Moen, true ceramic inserts. We refuse to use plastic faucets and so should you.
Kitchen Sink– 8” Deep stainless steel or white. You will pay up to $250 from our competitors as an upgrade.
Toilets TBH choice
.95 Energy Efficiency Hot Water Tank
All Pex Water Lines
ABS plastic waste and vents
Inside main water shut off
Insulation to code: R-49 ceiling R-21 exterior walls R-30/38 floor
Voids around windows/doors filled with foam insulation
All insulation are non-formaldehyde products.
Non-insulated metal garage door. Optional upgrade to add glass for $375
Garage Electrical-Our standard garage wiring includes two outlets and a freezer outlet. Expect to pay as upgrade from others.
Garage door opener included. It will be an upgrade from our competition as much as $450.
Man door with exterior light standard. Others charge for man door, up to $950.
Trim 4 choices: 2 1/4 colonial style or solid flat solid wood stained to match cabinets, and or MDF 2 1/4 colonial style and flat. We offer you real wood, not photo finish. This upgrade is worth several hundreds of dollars.
Doors: Hollow panel pre-painted available in 5 whites. Colors outside our standard five are $50 per door to paint. These doors are 2/4/5/6 panel. This upgrade alone is worth a $2,-4500 or more dollars.
½” drywall and texture complete with orange peel finish
PVA Primer (polyvinyl acetate also known as “white glue”) at exterior walls
Garage firewalls hung and taped to code
There is a great new product out from CertainTeed that absorbs VOC in the air called AirRenew. Amazing, but a little more money. On average, you will spend as an upgrade about $1000-3000 for this type of sheetrock installed in your home.
Mirrors per plan
Schulte, powder coated steel with lifetime warranty; As per plans; All hanging shelves are Open slide
Round or lever doorknobs satin finish Kwickset
Towel bars, shower rod, toilet paper holder TBH selection. For the most part, the bathroom hardware matches your plumbing finish.
PLAN CHANGES All plans are completely customizable. Please be aware a redrawing fee applies. We have a brief questioner that helps you through the process if you have a plan and would like for us to bid it out. It is very, very difficult to provide an accurate estimate for you from something drawn, not to scale. Bidding a home is very time consuming. Because it requires a certain amount of dedication, we do require if for serious inquires on plan changes, you first complete our questioner. Please contact us, and we will be happy to send it to you.
At True Built Home, we started with a simply philosophy. Don’t charge for things that the client will almost always order to begin with. Our competition advertises prices too good to be true for the simple reason, they are often too good to be true. You will likely have to add $20,000 to our competition’s standard home to be remotely close to our standard home. When pricing our competitors, you simply have to do the math to realize that you will have saved thousands of dollars for a much higher-quality home built to your specifications. That’s why True Built Home is A Great Way To A Great Home.
TBH reserves the right (because we have to) to change a product due to budget, availability or product change.
With offices in Tacoma, Tri-Cities and Spokane, True Built Home has been successfully helping families create their dream homes across the Pacific Northwest. As a home builder with years of experience, we have developed an easy, step-by-step process for you to find and create the home you’ve always wanted at an affordable and reasonable price. Our specialty is in pre-designed efficiently built homes as an alternative to either manufactured or modular homes. Our homes are built 100% on your site. Additionally, we have taken the time to equip our web site with lots of helpful information and tools you can use to carefully plan and begin to understand the process of new home construction.