James Craig Builders believes in providing the best quality and service to our customers. To demonstrate this commitment, we’ve created the Home Builder Comparison Checklist. This list contains all the information you need about our advanced building practices in one place. It’s hard to do side-by-side builder comparisons so we suggest you bring a copy when meeting with other Wisconsin home contractors. We’re confident it will demonstrate how James Craig Builders always goes above and beyond in terms of service and high-performance products when building your dream home.

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MEASURE James Craig Builders Builder #2 Builder #3
Focus on Energy
Home certification available? YES    
Foundation
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    
Insulation
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    
Walls & Floors
Sub-floor “Engineered I Joist floor system – doubled under kitchen and master bath; Premium grade ¾” T&G subfloor; Ditra underlayment system under all ceramic flooring”    
Installation Glued, ring-shank nailed and screwed    
Wall construction 2×6 exterior walls; 16″ OC    
Windows
Brand/type “Anderson 400 Series;
Vinyl-clad wood windows;
Low E/Argon gas filled”
   
ENERGY STAR YES. U-factor below 0.35.    
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; hand applied 100% acrylic exterior finishing includes 2nd coat on complete home    
Other Exterior
Front entry system Generous allowances    
Brick $700 per thousand allowance    
Garage features “Insulate and drywall walls and ceiling, trim windows and swing doors; insulated “Carriage” style garage doors with decorative windows and hinges; belt drive openers for both doors with transmitters and keypad    
Heating/Cooling
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    
Plumbing
Fixtures Total Kohler – Forte or Devonshire faucets; 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; Direct- vent gas fireplace with black face frame and arched doors; tan fire brick liner    
Bath fans 80 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    
Interior
Countertops “A” granite or JCB select Corian colors in kitchen and master bath    
Cabinetry Completely custom cabinetry made to customer’s specs throughout home; maple veneer interiors    
Lighting Allowance $1/square foot of home Decora switches    
Hardware allowance Averages about $1,750; covers cabinet hardware and bath fixtures    
Flooring:      
Carpeting Premium grade at $30 sq yd. (Wholesale) 6 # fine grind pad in allowance    
Ceramic tile $5/sq. ft. tile allowance; Included in baths and utility room    
Hardwood Choice of maple or birch hardwood flooring, rooms per plan, 4″x12″ wood floor vents in hardwood areas; 2 coats of low VOC water based satin finish    
Trim Oak, birch or hard maple base and casing; Double hip raised six-panel pine doors; 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.