Building your own home from the ground up is the best way to ensure you get exactly what you want. There are a lot of steps that go into the process, and knowing those steps can help you understand your contractor’s timeline.
The first step toward the dream home you discuss with your architectural planning services experts is clearing the lot and pouring the foundation. During this step, the land is leveled and unwanted trees or bushes are removed. Then the foundation must be poured and allowed to set.
The frame is the shell of the house. By the time it is completed, you will be able to see the walls and know where the windows will be installed.
Once you have a frame forming the basic outline of your home, technicians connect pipes and supply lines to sewer lines. Others install your electrical system and the HVAC ductwork. Major plumbing fixtures such as bathtubs and showers may also be installed at this time.
The walls that hold up the house’s frame aren’t what you will see when your home is complete. Insulation is added for energy efficiency, and drywall is put up. The drywall is then painted and finishes are applied. Exterior walls are also added at this time, so the outside should start looking more complete.
There are many types of flooring you can have in your home. Whether you choose carpet, laminate, tile, wood or some other material, it is placed after builders finish the overall structure of the house.
Before you move in, there are many small touches that must be completed. Light fixtures are installed by an electrician to ensure that it is done safely according to code. The trim and the outlet fixtures are also put in place. Finally, the faucets and other small plumbing fixtures are secured.
No matter how carefully your architect and contractor coordinate their efforts, there is the chance that something may have been missed. When you take the final walkthrough, look for small details as well as big issues. It’s easier to fix problems before the crew packs up and leaves than to have them come back.
Once everyone is satisfied that the house is complete, you are ready to move in. When you can follow the process step by step, it’s easier to appreciate all the work that goes into building your home.