Building a home and trying to coordinate plumbing, electrical and HVAC contractors

About three years ago, my husband Ralph and I were finally able to afford to build a new home.  We bought the property and spent a great deal of time working up the plans. With such a huge investment, we wanted to make sure to get every detail perfect.  We realized the importance of the plumbing, electrical wires, heating and cooling system. The integrity of the design, materials and installation procedures directly impacts the comfort, safety and energy efficiency of the home.  We were also concerned with the scheduling of the installation. Once the general contractor completed the framework of the home, we needed the plumber, electrician and HVAC contractors to get the pipes, wires, and ductwork in place before the walls could be finished.  Instead of working with three separate businesses, we found a company which combined all of these services. This made the scheduling far easier. We dealt with a single project manager, who was very aware of our budget, goals and expectations. He recommended the type of furnace, air conditioner, water heater, thermostat, and fixtures which would work best for us.  The company includes an in-house sheet metal fabrication shop, allowing them to custom build the ductwork. Because of this, we weren’t forced to wait for a subcontractor to fabricate the duct system. Fortunately, the whole construction process was completed quickly and smoothly. Once we moved into our new home, Ralph and I were very happy with operation of the power, plumbing, heating and cooling system.  Our energy bills are reasonable, and the home is perfectly comfortable all year round.