According to latest consumer reviews, if you’re undergoing a new home construction, you’re probably wondering what you should expect.
The home building process is exciting and overwhelming, but here is a general idea of what will happen. Every project will be different and the process will depend on where you are located so be sure you understand your unique situation, your builder should be able to help with this.
First, the building site will be prepared and the foundation poured. Many times the same crew will perform both of these tasks but not always. The ground will be leveled and rock and other debris cleared from the site where the foundation will be poured and the house built. Once it is clear and level, the foundation will be poured. Depending on the type of foundation or basement that is being poured, the footings and forms will be placed and the concrete will be poured into a wooden form. In the case of a full basement, a hole is dug first. Concrete does take some time to cure so there will be a period of time that no other work is completed on the job site. Once it has fully cured, a water proof coating will be put over the concrete and any drains or plumbing that is required will be lined out. After this step there is usually a city inspection before more work is completed on the job site.
The next step is the framing of the house walls, floor system, and roofing. This is often referred to as the shell of the house. Plywood is then put up on the outside walls and roof and windows will be installed. The house will be wrapped in material to help keep moisture out as well. After the framework, the contractors will move on to the plumbing, electrical wiring, and heating and cooling systems. The roof is also constructed at this point and fixtures like tubs and showers will be installed. It’s easier to put these heavy things in before interior building begins. The duct work for the heating and cooling system will be installed and insulation will be put in the walls, floors, and ceilings.
When the roof is on, the electricians will start installing outlets and switches because they are now protected from the elements. Pipes are usually completely in place before wiring is done because wires are easier to maneuver. Once these steps are completed, there will be another inspection and the installation of drywall can begin. At this point the house will start resembling a structure that looks believably like it will be livable!
The final steps include the interior room trimming, concrete pathways and driveways that are needed outside, window sills, balusters, cabinets, fireplaces, and all those lovely things people have come to appreciate. Counter tops and flooring such as tile and wood may also be placed at this time. If carpet is being used, it is usually delayed until all other construction is finished to prevent ruining it prematurely.
Light fixtures and mirrors will also be installed as well as the carpet and all final cleanups will be completed and yet another inspection will be completed. You will have a final walk through with your builder and help explain any required maintenance. This is the time to have anything that needs adjusted taken care of, look at all the little details during this walk through and bring extra eyes as well. Check to make sure there are no tiny cracks or chips in flooring or counter tops and that all the switches and electric sockets are working properly. Everything should be fully functional at this point.
Article written by Jennifer Opra on 8.8.2013.