Standard Features & Warranty

Our Quality Promise:  All Bowering Homes’ clients enjoy the following enhanced quality conscious items in their new homes:


  • New home communities developed with an eye towards the highest possible client value. They feature the areas best school districts (Pittsford and Victor) and are conveniently located. Most offer large private lots, open spaces and park districts, entry street lighting, extensive landscaping, underground sanitary and storm sewers, gas, electric, cable TV, and phone – all enhancing community appearance and value.
  • True “team approach” provides all clients with the best advice from experienced professionals – all included in the price of your home
  • 50+ years of custom building experience to draw from
  • Your plan or ours, we encourage modifications and revisions to both plans and specifications – true custom homebuilding
  • Easy to follow customer selection schedule keeps both us and you on time and on schedule
  • Longstanding Members of the Rochester Homebuilders Association, New York State Homebuilders Association, National Homebuilders Association, and Greater Rochester Real Estate Association
    • Gregg was President of the RHBA in 1999 and is an Executive Committee Member
    • Gregg is also a licensed Real Estate Broker and a Certified Graduate Builder (CGB).
  • GRAR and New York State Bar Association approved new home contract form
  • Close relationships with the areas premier mortgage brokers allow clients easy access to competitive mortgage programs.
  • Comprehensive, worry free exclusive 1- 2 - 6 year home warranty backed by the Residential Warranty Company. 
  • “Single contact” relationship between Builder and Client – you deal directly with the builder on all matters pertaining to the design, pricing, construction, and service of your home.
  • New York State certified “Energy Star” builders – all our homes are built to meet these stringent energy saving guidelines
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Construction Features
some may vary from site to site – contact us for exact details

Structural and Framing

  • Extra tall 8’ or 9’ tall (13+ course equivalent) 8” thick solid concrete poured foundation walls reinforced with vertical rebar 
  • Rubberized “Greywall” exterior foundation coating – guaranteed dry basement walls
  • Continuous “Form a Drain” basement footing drains inside and out; channels any and all groundwater into crock for sump pump removal
  • #4000 mix concrete garage floors resists cracking pitting from salt – smooth finish ensures easy cleanup
  • 2 x 6” exterior wall framing 16” on center – structurally sounder than 2x4’s plus allows ample insulation behind all heat and plumbing runs and risers
  • Engineered 12” tall wood I joists with 3/4” EdgeGold sub flooring glue and nailed 16” on center – perfectly level flooring with no bounces, no squeaks
  • Roof trusses 24” on center or rafter framing 16” on center with ½” roof sheathing
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Energy Efficiency – “Energy Star”

  • R-38 fiberglass ceilings, batts and blown; R-19 exterior wall batts in 2x6 walls; R-11 foundation wall insulation, fully foamed (closed cell) insulation spray along all band joist areas.  Optional – foam spray, “flash and batt” combination insulation on walls and ceilings.
  • Expanding foam and or poly rope around all windows, doors, electric boxes, pipes, etc.. to prevent air leakage
  • Tops and bottoms of all exterior walls are fully caulked and sealed
  • Complete sealing of all HVAC ductwork, including risers, prevents air leakages
  • Hi performance, Low “E” argon filled ANDERSEN 200 series, double hung windows with internal grills between the glass throughout the house – windows tip out for easy cleaning
  • “Tyvek” brand housewrap keeps out weather and drafts
  • Interior bath walls and all plumbing supply and drain pipes are insulation wrapped to help reduce noise
  • Weather tight heavy gauge steel 6 panel entry doors
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Electrical and Security

  • Minimum 200 Amp underground service with 40 circuit capacity (not 30) panel box allows for plenty of individual circuits and leaves room for expansion. Larger homes include 400 Amp service.
  • Minimum of 10 recessed lights included in each home; location as per buyer.
  • Ducted bath fans in all baths; ducted range hood
  • GFI safety plugs outside and in all baths and kitchen
  • Hardwired carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in all bedrooms and on all floors (Amanda’s Law)
  • Switched plugs or overhead light wiring in all bedrooms – split switch controls in master
  • All clothes closets include florescent switched lighting
  • Generous use of 3 way switching allows for “walkthrough” turn on and turns off.
  • Rear floodlight switched from both downstairs and upstairs allows for safety lighting at night.
  • Generous allowances for decorative fixtures and phone and CATV/Internet jacks
  • Phone jacks are with Category 5E wiring that allows for either standard phone or in home internet networking needs.
  • Complete security system with multiple control pads, motion detectors, door contacts
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Plumbing and HVAC

  • Top of the line KOHLER faucets and plumbing fixtures.
  • Jetted or soaking tub in master bath – size and styles dependent on plan design
  • Stainless steel Elkay 18 gauge under mount kitchen sink with post mount faucet with spray.
  • Hi capacity ¾” water mains and risers.
  • Pressure and temperature balanced shower and tub valves prevents scalding and allows for consistent water flow at all times.
  • 50 or 75 gallon STATE” Energy Star” hot water heater – dependent on baths.
  • Copper ice maker line
  • Two exterior hose bibs; front is installed before the mandated pressure reducer valve and therefore is hi pressure.
  • Super (95%) High Efficiency “TRANE” electronic ignition forced air furnace with Hi Efficiency TRANE central air conditioning.
  • Mechanical air flow controls on all heating runs in basement as well as on main trunk lines allows for optimum homeowner control for the distribution of heat and cooling
  • Setback programmable thermostat
  • Active radon gas removal/mitigation system; Includes continuous PVC piping tied into basement drain system and vented through roof, sealed basement floor/sump area, and inline vapor removal fan
  • Whole house humidifier mounted on basement ductwork allows for year round comfort and energy efficiency.
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Exterior House Detailing

  • Top grade vinyl, brick, and/or stone siding – plan specific
  • Low maintenance vinyl and aluminum wrapped overhangs and facias in choice of colors.
  • Distinctive “architectural” 30 year Certain teed “Landmark” roof shingles with continuous “Ridge vent” ventilation system
  • Concealed flashing under all brick or stone facades provides a more polished look
  • 1x2 detailing on all gable facias provides a graceful shadow line.
  • Garage ceiling and all walls abutting house to be finished with 5/8” Type X fire rated drywall – drywall to be taped, have one coat of finish and then painted.
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Cabinetry, Tops, and Appliances

  • Extra tall 36” high Cherry, Maple or Hickory kitchen cabinets with crown moldings, matching toe kicks and shoe moldings.
  • Custom layout with our professional designer to ensure fit and finish to your liking.
  • Granite kitchen counter tops; cultured marble top in master bath, laminate tops in baths and laundry
  • Top line General Electric PROFILE appliances to include built in double ovens, microwave hood, gas or electric sealed burner cook top, and whisper quiet dishwasher – plan specific.
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Interior Finishing

  • ½” virgin, non recycled drywall glued, nailed, and screwed then finished in a 4 step tape, finish, and sand process.
  • Ceilings to have custom “knockdown” finish.
  • Custom “two tone” paint package with up to 4 different wall colors; eggshell finish
  • All trim to be finished with 2 coats semi gloss finish
  • Extra wide, 3 ½” window and door casings; 5” tall baseboards
  • All doorways, walkways, and windows fully cased
  • Stepped ceiling dining room includes 2 wraps crown moldings plus chair rail and panel moldings.
  • Additional crown package in living room or study.
  • Six panel smooth doors with three hinges each.
  • Heavy duty Kwikset Titan or equal lever hardware throughout; privacy hardware on baths and master bedroom.
  • All exterior doors feature heavy-duty deadbolts; front door to feature custom entry handle set.
  • Open – ended oak main staircase treads with oak handrail and posts; painted stringers, risers, and spindles.
  • Fully finished basement staircase includes “closed” pine treads (no see through!) and handrails, fully dry walled and painted staircase walls. Makes for future finishing and use of basement a snap!
  • Ventilated enamel shelving throughout house; custom layouts in master walk in closet.
  • Beveled edge mirrors full width of vanity.
  • Shower doors in obscured or clear glass with chrome frame.
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Tile, Fireplace, and Finish Flooring

  • Concrete board tile backer behind and under all tiled floors and walls prevents leaks.
  • Tub and showers include walls tiled up to the ceiling.
  • Tiled bath floors include matching ceramic towel bars, toilet paper holders, and marble entry thresholds.
  • ¾” thick select grade red or white oak hardwood floors stained per customer choice; includes three coats of Bacca and Glitza finish.
  • Generous carpet allowance throughout remainder of house.
  • Typical allowances include hardwood for entry foyer and kitchen/dinette; ceramic tile in back hall, powder room, and laundry area.
  • Gas powered “Heatilator” brand fireplace includes remote control on/off and fan blower with rheostat controls.
  • Custom tile or wood fireplace surround with mantle; tiled flush hearth.
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Outside Finishing Site Work

  • We are proud to offer a “complete” finishing package with all our houses which will typically include:
    • Paver patio or “TREX” deck (site specific)
    • Top soiled, then hand raked and hydro seeded lawn area.
    • Custom paver front sidewalk.
    • Generous front foundation landscape allowance.
    • Fully blacktopped drive over 6”-8” crushed stone base.
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Warranty Coverage

Our Service policy is very simple. Our homeowners want everything right in their home, and so do we. Our intention is to build it right the first time, but we do not disappear after the sale

Scheduled Warranty Service: Service work is performed on a scheduled basis two times during the first year warranty period -- at the end of the second and twelfth month. A service calendar is maintained by our service department which indicates these service anniversary dates for each new home, based on the date of closing as the benchmark.

Emergency Service: Emergency repairs are handled as necessary throughout the year. The appropriate contractor/supplier will immediately schedule repairs in the event that homeowners require emergency service, such as water leaks, no heat, etc.

Warranty and Warranty Standards: Our new home warranty is detailed in the "Residential Warranty Corporation (RWC) New York Six Year Warranty for New Homes"; provided upon request. The limited warranty provides written insured protection, construction standards and requirements, a successful third-party resolution process, and added resale value with transferable coverage. A summary of the RWC New York State Six Year Warranty follows:

(a) For one year, the home must be free from defects caused by workmanship or materials that do not meet or exceed the RWC Warranty Standards; for items not covered by the standards, the construction must be in accordance with locally accepted building practices and codes.

(b) For two years, the plumbing, electrical, heating, cooling and ventilation systems must be free from defects caused by unskillful installation, to the extent stated in the RWC Warranty Standards and codes as above.

(c) For six years, the home must be free from major structural defects. A Major Structural Defect is defined as actual physical damage to the designated load-bearing elements of the Home caused by failure of such load-bearing elements, which affects their load-bearing functions to the extent that your Home becomes unsafe, unsanitary, or otherwise unlivable.

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