What to expect when building your Dream Home.
There are many benefits to building a custom home. You will have the advantage of designing the layout of your new home to function for your family and lifestyle. You will select every material that is used to build your new home from the floor to the ceiling and everything in between.
After you have selected the lot to build on and secured the necessary funding, you will meet with your Architect to to begin to design the layout of your new home.
Architect or Draftsman:
You will need an Architect or Draftsman to prepare the drawings for your new home.
- Image yourself in various areas on the home design plans and think about what you’ll see in the real space.
- Consider your daily routine when planning the space you need.
- Think about placement of phone jacks and cable hookups. Check to see if your furniture arrangement requires electrical outlets in special locations.
- Upon final approval of your home design plans we will obtain the necessary permits.
- A surveyor will come out and drive stakes to locate your home on the lot. This will allow the excavators and foundation subcontractors to guide their work.
- You will need to have water, electric power, and toilet facilities available during the construction process.
Clear and Rough Grade:
- Clearing is the removal of trees and undergrowth from the actual construction site and yard areas. Rough grading is moving the dirt around to establish the approximate drainage patterns, yard areas, drive and walk levels.
- Earth-moving equipment digs the hole for your foundation.
- Forms will be built with framing lumber and then concrete is poured into each section. An inspection will be completed to be sure that all foundation components are up to code and installed properly.
- When the rough framing is completed, you will begin to see the layout of your home. You will be able to see each room, the stairs, doorways and windows. A framing inspection will be completed.
Wrapping your Home:
- Plywood or oriented strand board (OSB) sheathing is applied to the exterior walls and roof. The windows and exterior doors you selected are installed. Housewrap is installed and functions as a weather-resistant barrier, preventing rain from getting into the wall assembly while allowing water vapor to pass to the exterior.
Rough Plumbing, Electrical and HVAC:
- Electrical and plumbing subcontractors begin running pipes and wires through the interior walls, ceilings and floors. The wiring for telephones, cable TV and music systems will be completed. Sewer lines, vents, and water supply lines are installed. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system ductwork is installed. Inspections will be completed for compliance with building codes.
- The roofing subcontractor will install the roof and the house is considered “dried in.”
- Siding, stucco, stone or brick veneer will be installed and exterior paint will be completed. To keep water away from the house, gutters and downspouts are installed .
- One very important element is the home’s insulation. Insulation will play a large role in your home’s energy and cost efficiency. The most important quality of insulation is its thermal performance or R-value, which indicates how well the material resists heat transfer. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power.
Sheetrock and Garage Doors:
- The sheetrock will be installed to form the walls. Garage doors will be installed after the sheetrock is completed. Now you can really see what your house is going to look like!
Finish Carpentry and Interior Trim:
- Cabinets, interior doors, baseboards, door casings, window sills, moldings, fireplace mantels and stair balusters are installed. Walls get a finish coat of primer and paint.
- Flooring, shower tile, bathtubs, backsplash and countertops are installed.
- Driveways, walkways and patios are formed at this stage. Many builders prefer to wait until the end of the project before pouring the driveway because heavy equipment (such as a lumber delivery truck) can damage the concrete. Exterior drainage and landscaping are completed.
- Sinks, toilets and faucets are put in place. Appliances, carpet, mechanical trims, bathroom fixtures, mirrors, shower doors, light fixtures, outlets and switches are installed and the electrical panel is completed. Final cleanup takes place. A building-code official completes a final inspection and issues a certificate of occupancy. If any defects are found during this inspection, a follow-up inspection may be scheduled to ensure that they’ve been corrected.
- A final walkthrough will be completed. Turn on all your appliances, lights, HVAC system, faucets and showers. Check to see that all your cabinets, doors and windows open and close properly.