At Thorne's we use room trusses with a pull down ladder for access to provide storage in the attic of the garage.  The garage will be studded on 16" centers with 2'x6' studs with R19 Fiberglass insulation in the walls and blown in insulation to match the house ceiling.  There will be two walk through doors and two 9' electric garage doors on each side.  The windows and doors will have a 2'x12' header all of which will be trimmed to match the house.  There will be four windows and four fluorescent lights on three way switches and at least two exterior lights to match the house.  The walls will be drywalled, finished and primed with electrical outlets spaced 6 ft. apart, with GFI protection.  The foundation of the garage will be a minimum of 32" deep and the 4" floor will be within 8" of the house floor.  The floor will have a drain going to the outside.

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Porches will vary in size depending upon the size and shape of the house.  Generally, the same type of footer will be used on the porch as the foundation of the house. The floor will be a 4” broom finished concrete pad poured with 4000 mix concrete (and will be sawed for control joints) and will sit on a brick ledge of the house foundation and also on top of the 8” block on the sides and front of the porch or poured walls. Pre-cast concrete steps are used to take you from the yard level to the porch level and there will be an 8” step from the concrete pad of the porch into the front door.  Porch posts will be a vinyl covered decorative type post, normally positioned 8’ apart. There are many different styles of rails to choose from so they are not normally included in the porch price, unless specified.   The roof pitch will vary from a 3/12 to 7/12 pitch depending upon design, and all valleys are laced.  It will have fascia, soffit, downspouts and gutters and all will match the house.  The ceiling will be vinyl with ceiling fan box(s) installed and wired.

(This type of porch, being done with a concrete floor and concrete footers directly tied to the basement with concrete and steel, will be less likely to separate away from the house.  This type of porch will be totally maintenance free.)

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The depth of the basement will be determined by perimeter elevations and ground conditions at the bottom of the basement.  Footers are usually 2' wide and at least 8" deep with 2 runs of rebar.  On exposed walls, the bottom of the footers will be below frost level.  The top of the walls will be 9' off of footers.  Wall thickness will vary depending on brick ledges and the length of straight sections and backfill pressures.  Spray on waterproofing will be applied on the exterior portion of any wall that is to be backfilled.  If the walls are exposed to floor level, they may be studded out of 2x6 lumber with doors and windows to match the house.  A top plate will be installed on the exterior walls with anchor bolts on 4' intervals and within 1' of the end of each board.  Sewer lines will be installed for future toilet and main floor sewer.  All water connections will come out of the ceiling of the basement.  Leach drain will be installed under the floor to a gravity flow outlet.  Gravel will be under the floor.  The floor will be poured at least 4" thick.  The concrete in the walls and floor will be 4000 mix or better.  There will be rebar on 2' to 3' intervals.  There will be wire mesh in the floor.  There will be steps from the main floor down into the basement.  There will be 6 fluorescent lights installed and also 6 receptacles.  A perimeter drain will be installed outside of the basement and backfilled with #7 stone to original soil elevation.  The basement will have heating and cooling.
For our foundations, we will dig a diagonal ditch across the foundation and install a perforated 4" SDR pipe extending to a natural drain away from the foundation and fill with a #7 stone. We then dig footers 24" wide and 8" deep and down the center for center peers every 8'.  We then Install 2 runs of 1/2" rebar and set grade stakes at exact height approximately every 4'.  The footers are poured with 4000 mix concrete and floated to the top of grade stakes.  Blocks are laid 8" off of the edge of the footer at the exact size of foundation print 32" high.  We also install a crawlspace door and center peers.  Some crawlspaces are heated and cooled to help control humidity situations.  We install a perimeter drain around the entire exterior of the foundation to a gravity outlet and cover with #7 stone or install a sump pump.  We install a treated 2x8 top plate with anchor bolts every 4' and within 1' of the end of each board.  We also add 2" of Styrofoam on the inside of the foundation and install downspout drains at each corner.  We backfill the home with the dirt taken out of the crawlspace to within 12" of the top of the blocks leaving a 6" slope away from the foundation. We have been in business for over 30 years.  During those years, we have found that with having our own equipment, we can service our customers much better and much more efficiently.  All of our staff is well qualified and experienced in many types of excavation.  Since we have this equipment, we are able to offer more services to our home customers as well as those just needing specific jobs completed.  We have offered a variety of different services in this field.  Some of the projects we have completed are tree clearing, digging basements, digging foundations, tearing down existing structures, moving dirt, and many others.  Whatever your project may be, we are confident we can serve you.  We are licensed, insured and bonded for all types of work.
There are several different types of septic systems.  We are a licensed installer in several Indiana Counties as well as carry an IOWPA License and a Septic Bond. We work at staying skilled and educated on the most up to date information to ensure that the type of system used in your project is the correct and most practical of the types of systems available.  Soil testing and permits are among the initial phases of determining which septic system your property will require.  At Thorne's Homes, we will assist with whatever protocols your county has as well.  We understand the stresses of building and designing a new home and want to make these processes as easy and stress free as possible.
There is a wide variety of Heating and Cooling options that can be chosen. Choices range from wood, cool, your typical heat pump, geothermal, ect.  Every situation is different with different variables that can lead you to choosing a particular system over another, so the different options of heating and cooling are discussed in depth among us and our customers.  We do carry a state license for HVAC and work at staying up to date and skilled in several of these options. At Thorne's we offer individualized site consultations.  We want to see where your dream home is going to be.  Talking through your plans gives us a more personal feel for what you are visualizing and is of great value when we go to draw your plan.  Not only do we hear your visions, we can also give added view points that might be beneficial to you.  We also want to make sure that there are no surprises when we are designing.  Things like trees, power lines, elevations of the property, etc., all need to be taken into consideration when we are planning.  We also assist with the financial stage as well.  Although we don't offer financing through our company, we are very experienced in working with banks.  We will help you have all of your financing in order and prepare a banking packet for you to be prepared when going and speaking with your loan officer.   At Thorne's Homes we are fortunate to be skilled in an Architectural Design Program to be able to assist you in visualizing your dream home.  The program allows us to put your dreams onto paper.  This makes the design stage of your future home much easier.  Once we draw your floor plan, we have the capability of giving you interior and exterior color renderings.  Among many of the exterior features, adding elevations to your plan is a key feature to assist you in visualizing what your home will look like on your property.   Being able to add trees, ponds, hills, ect can be very beneficial during this phase. Things like different siding and roofing color combinations can be hard to imagine without seeing a picture.  This holds true to interior designing as well.  With several of the modern trends today, like one style and color of cabinets for your upper kitchen cabinets and a different color or style for the base cabinets or island is sometimes not the easiest to imagine.  Our program offers a wide variety of name brand libraries such as, Merilatt, Owens Corning, Certainteed, Anderson, and many more,  to be able to put the exact feature of what you are considering to your floor plan .  We consider this program to be one of our most valuable assets and that it sets us apart from other home builders. 

* Note: These are just our recommendations.  Any of the specifications can change per your request or due to house design.

Thorne's Homes' unique business model offers a 100 percent turn-key approach to custom home building. Our relationships and purchasing power as one of southern Indiana's largest builders, coupled with the highest quality trades and products, deliver an unmatched value in custom home building.
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