Building Stages

​​Design​​​

  1. SECURE FINANCING (takes time--various options available that we would be happy to discuss with you.​​​​​
  2. DECIDE ON A PLAN (use or modify one we already have, find one you like at eplans.com or familyplans.com, or let us create one for you) and ARCHITECTURAL STYLES (types of exterior, ceilings, porches, kitchens, and baths. Houzz and Pinterest are great sites for this).
  3. DECIDE ON A BUILDING SITE (your land or lot, one of our lots in Cap ​Rock Ridge or Oldham Oaks, or let us help you find a site). 
  4. REFINE YOUR PLAN (sit down with us to discuss your needs and wants; we'll help you refine your plan so that it is perfect for you and your building site).
  5. REVIEW, REFINE (if needed), and SIGN BUILDER'S CONTRACT (this is to make sure everyone is on the same page).
  6. FINALIZE YOUR PLAN with our plan designer.
  7. START SHOPPING!
    1. Select exterior decor (brick, rock, stucco, mortar color, roof color, and window color). Visit new neighborhoods and write down addresses of exteriors you like. 
    2. Select interior decor. We will take you to design/order your cabinets (style, closures, stain or paint), select your paints (interior and exterior), granite (other countertops), tile/grout, sinks, plumbing hardware/bath accessories, lights, applicances, flooring, and help you stay within your budget.​​
​​Build​​

  1. Prepare building site, lay foundation forms and plumbing, pour the foundation.
  2. Frame the house, roof the house, put in electrical and insulation. We'll walk you through the building site to make sure plugs are where you want them.
  3. Sheetrock, mud, trim (we'll help you design your closets and decide on trim).
  4. Cabinets, paint, countertops, flooring, appliances, landscape/sprinklers, fence.
  5. We will walk with you step-by-step from foundation to finish to refine/make changes along the way, and stay within your budget.
​​Finish​​​

  1. Do walk-through with us and mark anything that needs to be fixed.
  2. Repairs completed.
  3. Final walk-through.
  4. House cleaned.
  5. Closing.
  6. Move in and enjoy your new home!

Helpful Websites

E-Plans
Family Home Plans
Here is another website of house plans in your quest to find the perfect home. Use the Advanced Search Form for more perfect house plans.

When you select the number of beds, baths, floors, and garage and SEARCH, you can then narrow
your search even further by features.

Houzz
Pinterest
Search their incredibly large database of house PHOTOS (kitchens, porches, etc.) and
STORIES and ADVICE .

Search for everything you can imagine about homebuilding and design (house plans, lighting, bathrooms, outdoor dining, etc.)

Service Suggestions

325-695-3000

Call Lawrence Bertsch about competitive home loan rates. Tell him you are
building with Ron & Cindy Blevins
at Zone 7 Builders.
325-698-8800

Click on the logo above to browse window coverings for your home or visit their store front at 3198 S. 27th St. Tell Mike you are building with Ron & Cindy Blevins.
325-672-3224

Click on the logo above to access better security for you new home. Ask for Turner. Tell him you are building with
Ron & Cindy Blevins.

City Services

Abilene Garbage

Abilene Water-Sewer

AEP (electric)

325-676-6053
325-676-6405

877-373-4858

Atmos Energy

Suddenlink (TV-Tel-Net)

Taylor Electric

325-286-6700
325-698-3585

325-793-8500

Home Maintence

STAINLESS STEEL

 
  1. Keep slainless steel appliance​s spotless with a mixture of     1 cup​ cleaning vinegar, 1 cup water, and 1-2 drops of Dawn liquid dish soap. Wipe ​off/buff with a clean microfiber cloth.
  2. ​Keep water wiped up around faucets to ​avoid hard-water buildup.
  3. ​Before using your stainless steel​ cooktop, use a clean cotton cloth and rub on a coat of ​Cerama Bryte Stainless​Steel Cleaning Polish. After it dries, buff it off. This will help to keep your cooktop from getting scratched. Repeat every month or two depending on requency of use.
 
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OIL-RUBBED BRONZE

  1. Never use vinegar or other acidic or abrasive cleaners on oil-rubbed bronze or it will remove the finish.
  2. ​To avoid hard-water buildup stains, keep faucets wiped dry after every use. 
  3. This also applies to brushed nickel, chrome, and similar surfaces.

FIRE PLACE

  1. If you have a concrete hearth, seal it as soon as you move in to avoid staining.  
  2. Crack a window before starting a fire in a foamed house.
  3. ​Employee a chimney sweep to clean your chimney every year before you use it.  

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GRANITE

Your granite will look great for a long time with proper care.

  1. ​Wipe up spills immediately.​
  2. Keep water wiped up around faucets to prevent unsightly hard-water buildup stains.
  3. Avoid abrasive or acidic cleaners
  4. ​Use a good daily cleaner that helps restore finish like Artisan Firstline Clean and Restore.
WINDOWS
  1. Make sure your windows are caulked. This will need to be​replaced every few years as it breaks down over time. This​will ensure your windows are as energy effecient as ​possible.
  2. ​Use a mixture of 1 cup cleaning vinegar, 1 cup water, and​1-2 drops of Dawn liquid dish soap. Spray on your windows​     and wipe off with a clean microfiber cloth. If extra dirty,​ you may need to repeat and use another clean microfiber​ cloth. Repeat often for hard water buildup from sprinklers.
  3. ​Keep window tracks clean by using a vacuum cleaner​ attachment 2-4 times a year. .
​​YARD

  1. Water lawns and landscape regularly to establish new plants. To build strong root systems, it is better to set the sprinklers to water longer 2-3 times a week instead of shorter times every day once lawn and plants are established.
PLUMBING 

  1. Every 3 months, turn water on/off a couple of times under the vanities and behind the washer and dryer. This will keep the valves from getting corroded.
  2. ​To prevent water and mold damage, caulk shower/tub every year.
  3. Every week run water in unused tubs and flush unused toilets.
  4. ​Use a "Zip-It" tool to remove drain hair.
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​​DISHWASHER

  1. Before starting the dishwasher, run water at the sink until it is hot. ​
  2. Use Finish cubes and 1/2 teaspoon of Lemi-Shine in ​the soap container for every wash. This will keep your​     dishes and dishwasher extra clean and avoid damage​ from hard water in the Big Country.