Home Builder Comparison Checklist

We don’t think you’ll find another builder who builds a home with the same combination of advanced building practices and high-performance products as James Craig Builders.  Use this checklist to compare for yourself.

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MEASURE James Craig Builders Builder #2 Builder #3
Focus on Energy
Home certification available? YES
Foundation partner Coello & Assoc.
Type of foundation “INTEGRA CR – exclusive system; 9’x10″ and basement and 4’x8” garage poured concrete forms
Concrete strength 4,000 PSI; 4 ½” slump
Drain system Form-A-Drain with radon stub
Brick form on interior YES
Add’l features Vertical and horizontal steel reinforcement; 20″ footings; water stop at all control joints; reinforced inside corners on flatwork
Foundation insulation R-5 from footing to mudsill; fiber cement coating on top 8″
Basement box sills Closed cell spray foam insulation
Wall insulation R-3.5 exterior wall sheathing where possible; R-21 wall insulation
Attic insulation R-50 blown-in insulation
Energy heel trusses YES
Wind/water barrier Tyvek HomeWrap entire exterior; window pan flashing system
Sound insulation Laundry and bathroom walls
Add’l features Caulk and foam window sealant package; exterior door pans
Walls & Floors
Sub-floor Engineered I Joist floor system – doubled under kitchen island; Premium grade ¾” T&G subfloor; Ditra underlayment system under all ceramic flooring
Installation Glued, nailed and screwed
Wall construction 2×6 exterior walls; 16″ OC
Brand/type Anderson 400 Series windows; Vinyl-clad wood; Low E/Argon gas; Andersen A Series door products
Water barrier DuPont Flashing System on windows; Sill pans on all exterior  doors; double drip caps above all windows; Back caulk all exterior windows and doors
Add’l features Solid core wood windows with seamless vinyl-clad exterior; fold- down cranks on casement windows; airspace grilles
Roof & Gutters
Shingle “Lifetime Warranted” dimensional
Valley protection Ice and water membrane
Add’l features Valleys and roof vents color matched to roof; Roof vents on garage
Gutter type 5″ seamless aluminum with 3″ x 4″ hinged downspouts
Siding & Trim
Siding Type Fiber cement “Hardie Plank”
Add’l features Primed “Miratec” dense composite fascia, corners and window trim Primed LP composite soffit; premium grade “Vulkem” caulk; 100% acrylic exterior finishing includes 2nd coat on complete home
Other Exterior
Front entry system Generous allowances
Brick $800 per thousand allowance brick

$8/sf $12/lf allowance real thin stone

Garage features Insulate and drywall walls and ceiling, trim windows and swing doors; insulated “Carriage” style garage doors with decorative windows and hinges; openers for both doors with transmitters and keypad
Furnace “94% to 96% efficient variable speed furnace; 10 year parts and labor warranty
Central air conditioning 13 SEER
Add’l features Programmable set-back thermostat
Fixtures Total Kohler – Collection fixtures; Standard Kohler colors; elongated bowl comfort height toilets; 8” centers on master bath and powder room faucets
Water heater 75-gallon direct vent
Plumbing lines CPVC
Add’l features Mustee laundry sink and faucet; Shut-off valves at all fixtures; Rough-in drains and vents for future lower level bath and bar sink
Indoor Air Quality
Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) YES
Dehumidification YES
Heat/fireplace Sealed combustion furnace; tan fire brick liner
Bath fans 80 to 110 cfm quiet fans with 6” ducting vented to exterior
Add’l features Carbon monoxide detectors; Venting for range or cook top installed to the exterior
Green Building
Philosophy & practices Visit “energy & environment” in features section on Web site
Home certification available? YES
Countertops “A” granite or JCB select Corian colors in kitchen and master bath included in generous allowance
Cabinetry Completely custom cabinetry made to customer’s specs throughout home in generous allowance
Lighting Allowance $2/square foot of home Decora switches
Hardware allowance Averages about $2,500; covers cabinet hardware and bath fixtures
Carpeting Premium grade at $50 sq yd. (Wholesale) 6 # fine grind pad in allowance
Ceramic tile $5/sq. ft. tile material allowance; Included in baths and utility room
Hardwood $15/sf hardwood flooring allowance, rooms per plan, 4”x12” wood floor vents in hardwood areas; 2 coats of low VOC water based satin finish
Trim Birch or Hard Maple stain grade or MDF paint grade base and casing; Solid double hip raised four-panel pine doors or solid paint grade; Bull nosed white melamine shelving
Drywall and Paint Sand, knockdown or orange peel textures (choice of one); primer coat prior to painting; 2 coats all interior walls; 3 paint colors included; “Sherwin Williams” Low VOC paint products
Other allowances 42” mirror, semi-frameless glass shower enclosure and fireplace facing allowances
Other Interior
Structures wiring package 6 locations of CAT 5E/RG6QS (phone, data or TV); All wires are home run to the distribution center
Professional Cleaning
Yes. Final professional cleaning including window washing and buff and wax on whirlpool tubs and shower modules.