When only the best will do

We use only the best materials and the latest innovations in building science to bring you a home of the highest quality.

Every home by Nelson Builders begins with the at least the following set of standard features. However, your home can be customized with its own distinct features and equipped to your preference. Many of these items are often upgraded beyond this level depending on the home design (for example, we often install James Hardie HardiePlank siding instead of vinyl, have 10-foot or taller ceilings, install geothermal heating and cooling equiment, etc). In an effort to provide you with the best possible home, we are continually researching new products and designs and some standard features may have changed. Therefore, these features may not always represent the most current products and processes used in our homes. Please contact us to find out more!


  • 8" poured concrete with steel rebar basement walls
  • Form-a-drain perimeter drain tile system with electric sump pump
  • Sprayed in place rubber membrane foundation waterproofing system
  • 4" concrete basement floor, garage floor, driveway, porch, service walk, and 12 x 16 foot patio
  • Egress window and 2 - 18" x 36" windows


  • Pressure treated sill plates
  • Steel or LVL basement beams
  • 2" x 10" floor joists 16" o.c.
  • 3/4" OSB subfloor, nailed and glued
  • 2" x 4" 16" o.c. exterior wall construction with ZIP System R-Sheathing (R6.6 continuous insulation)
  • 9-foot ceiling height throughout first floor
  • Engineered roof trusses
  • 7/16" OSB roof sheathing with plyclips

Exterior Features

  • Pella Encompass, Low-E, argon filled, windows with grids between glass, vinyl frames, and lower tilt sash for easy cleaning
  • ThermaTru Insulated fiberglass doors with adjustable sill, weatherstrip, and deadbolt
  • Entry handleset lock in choice of finishes
  • CHI model 2583 insulated garage doors with windows
  • Chamberlain B750 Wifi enabled door operator with 2 transmitters
  • ZIP System integrated weather and air barrier
  • Certainteed Restoration Classic maintenance free premium vinyl siding
  • Certainteed Landmark laminated shingles with shake look and algae resistant properties
  • Brick or cultured stone as per plan
  • 5" aluminum gutters & downspouts with baked on enamel finish


  • R-13.3 sprayed cellulose wall insulation
  • R-6.6 ZIP System R-Sheathing continuous exterior sheathing
  • R-20 open cell foam insulation on box sills
  • All top plates and ceiling penetrations sealed with R-7 closed cell foam insulation
  • R-50 cellulose blown in attic insulation
  • All 3/4" and larger hot water lines insulated with R-3 insulation


  • Heat & Glo SL-9 42" gas direct vent fireplace
  • Tile fireplace surround
  • Heat & Glo painted wood fireplace mantle

HVAC System

  • Daikin One gas forced air furnace with 97% efficiency
  • Daikin One air conditioner with 17.0 SEER efficiency
  • AirCycler g1 fresh air ventilation system

Mechanical Systems

  • PEX branch water supply system
  • Plumbing roughed in under basement floor for future bath
  • Navien tankless water heater
  • Delta Trinsic faucets
  • Kohler elongated bowl toilets
  • Stainless steel kitchen sink
  • 2 exterior freeze proof hose bibs
  • Fiberglass tub/shower unit
  • Fiberglass utility sink
  • InSinkErator garbage disposal
  • 200 amp electric service
  • 6" recessed lights with Hyperikon LED bulbs and trims
  • Cable TV jacks
  • Media center panel with Cat5 and coax home run to outside
  • Smoke alarms in all bedrooms, on each floor, and near mechanicals
  • All bedrooms and family room prewired for ceiling fans
  • 2 exterior weather proof outlets
  • Generous light fixture allowance

Interior Features

  • Custom Amish-made solid wood and wood-veneer cabinets with dovetail drawers
  • Quartz countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms
  • Allowance given at builders cost for ceramic tile or hardwood floors in foyer, kitchen, laundry, and baths and Shaw carpet with 8 lb. pad in other areas
  • Painted Jeld-Wen interior doors
  • 5-1/2" painted baseboards
  • 3-1/2" painted casing on doors and windows
  • Painted crown moldings in dining room and master bedroom
  • Decorative tray ceiling in dining room and master bedroom
  • Painted square box newels
  • Solid hardwood stair treads where ends are exposed
  • Painted square rail balusters
  • House & garage drywalled with smooth walls and knock down textured ceilings
  • All walls painted with 2 coats of interior flat latex paint
  • All ceilings painted with 2 coats of interior flat latex paint
  • All trim painted with 2 coats of semi-gloss latex paint
  • Kwikset door handles or levers in choice of finishes
  • Matching bath hardware
  • Custom bathroom vanity mirrors to match cabinet finish


  • Stainless steel GE or Whirlpool appliance package including range/oven, microwave, and dishwasher
  • Microwave or hood vented to outside
  • Water line connection provided for refrigerator icemaker
  • Electric or gas connection provided for dryer

Additional Features

  • Entire yard to be finish graded
  • Rear yard to be seeded
  • Front & side yards to be sodded (standard lot)
  • Third Party verification and testing of ENERGY STAR features