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Discover how Quick & Easy it is to be Home When You Choose a Systems-Built Home.

With just five easy steps, our home experts guide new homeowners through the Systems-Built process so that the journey home is inclusive, easy, and fun.

The Journey Home is Quick and Easy –

Just Five Simple Steps!

Our unique process of building these homes allows for a streamlined experience that will have you saying, “I’m home,” in a matter of weeks versus months, or even years when compared to stick-built homes.

With our roots in traditional home construction, we have taken the typical challenges faced during that process and all but eliminated them with the systems-built process. The resulting step-by-step system guides homeowners through the entire process from start to finish in a way that helps to address everything from site prep to site set, finishes, and finishing in a way that is easy and manageable.

Step 1: Introduction

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Getting Started is all about Preparation

This is the project planning phase and where we start with the project kickoff. We’ll review the step-by-step process with you and start to review the home’s options.

Some actions include:

  • Introduction to the Arbor Craft team.
  • Begin with an overview of the process, approach, and answer any questions.
  • Review site and plan options to get an idea of the home’s placement and how it will “sit” on the site.
  • Sign a preliminary development agreement (PDA).

Step 2: Design

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Draft Elevations and Pre-Factory Work

This is the project planning phase moves into a working phase with regards to draft plans and review.

Some actions include:

  • Finalize the site and plan.
  • Make design selections and select trim packages.
  • Update budgets based on the design and trim selections.
  • Sign contract.

Step 3: Engineering

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Approvals & Permits

Because our plans are now in a more final state, and we have decided on customizations, we can begin to work on making your home uniquely “you.”

Some actions include:

  • Finalized home and site plans are sent to the state for approval.
  • Permits are requested and obtained. 
  • Send final drafts to the ARB for approval.
  • ARB approval received.

Step 4: Construction

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Where the House Becomes a Home

From the homeowner’s perspective, the hard part is done and our part really begins as the home is readied for construction at the factory.

Some actions include:

  • All plans are ready for construction at the factory.
  • Foundation and site prep begins.
  • Factory construction is completed.
  • Home is set on the site.

Step 5: Completion

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Home is Finalized & Turned Over

The final step is nearly here, and the move-in date is just around the corner.

Some actions include:

  • Flooring, trim details, paint, and finishes are completed inside.
  • Landscaping, external details, and any exterior structures such as a garage are completed outside.
  • Final walk-through and then the keys are turned over to the new homeowner.

Benefits of a Systems-Built Home Versus Traditional Home Construction


Our Sytems-Built homes are completed in a fraction of the time. While the site is being prepped, the home is already under construction in the factory.


Building our homes in a controlled environment enables us to avoid challenges faced in stick-built construction such as weather, availability of licensed contractors, and material management.

Reduced Impact

Site prep is the only work done on the lot prior to placement, construction vehicle traffic is less, and materials waste is avoided thanks to factory quality controls.

How is the Systems-Built Process Different?

View the timeline below to see the difference between the construction timeline of a Systems-Built home by Arbor Craft and traditional, stick-built homes of the same size.

systems-built vs stick built house timeline