Building a new construction property calls for plenty of research, planning and – of course – construction. The following overview outlines the typical steps taken by a home-builder. However, it’s worth noting that these steps aren’t written in stone; they’ll vary from company to company.
Begin With a Design Team, Acquiring Permits and Hiring a General Contractor
The first step is to acquire the property and all related construction permits from your local government. Depending on your preference, the first step can also be to work with an architecture firm to design your new property. Working with a design team and acquiring permits are both steps that must be completed before the actual construction can begin.
After you've finalized the design, you'll also have to hire a general contractor or construction company to complete the job. Be sure to research the construction company that you hire, looking for reliability and positive reviews from former clients.
Preparing the Site and Pouring Foundation
The first step of actual construction is to prepare the property by using a backhoe and bulldozer. All rocks are cleared from the area and it is completely leveled off. If relevant, this is when a septic system would be installed.
Once leveled, the foundation for the new property is poured. It takes time to dry and become the stable foundation the new property needs. During this time, the construction site is left alone.
Complete Framing, Plumbing, Electrical and HVAC
After the foundation has cured, the next step is to complete the framing. The walls, roof and floor systems are all completed, which is known collectively as the shell of the property. Sheathing is then applied to the exterior walls and the roof. The sheathing is covered by a protective barrier that prevents liquid from infiltrating the structure during the rest of the construction process.
After the shell is completed, electrical, plumbing and HVAC contractors start installing their respective systems. This is done during the skeleton stage because everything is still wide open and installation is relatively easy (compared to working with a completed property).
Once these various experts are done installing their systems, it’s typically time for the roof to be installed.
Time for Insulation and Drywall
Now it’s time to install the insulation, which is typically fiberglass, foam or cellulose. The type of material used will depend on the climate. The insulation is installed between in the framing before drywall is hung.
Once the insulation is completed, it’s time to hang the drywall. Drywall should already have been delivered to the construction site. This process calls for repetitive hanging of drywall and sealing up the seams.
Finish Interior Trim and Exterior Styling
The exterior styling is installed after the drywall is hung, which will vary based on the property’s needs and future owner’s desires. The interior trim, which includes the walkways, is then installed. If there are any exterior patios or walkways, this is typically the time when those are installed.
Install Bathroom Fixtures and Appliances
All of the bathroom fixtures and kitchen appliances are installed at this point in the process. Everything is put in place by the experts in their respective fields. Carpeting, shower doors and flooring finish is done as one of the last steps in the new construction property process.
Time for the Final Walkthrough
Now is the time for your home builder to walk you through various aspects of the new property to get you accustomed to the new features and systems. They’ll explain what you have to do for regular maintenance and upkeep, as well as go over the warranties involved.
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