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The Home Building Process

Posted on July 29th, 2014

Camden 1212Assembling your new home is exciting, but is less nerve-racking if you realize how the procedure really operates. This review will help keep you abreast of what occurs at crucial phases of your custom home construction and summarizes the typical steps in the building of a house.

Remember the homebuilding process will change from area to area and builder to builder, particularly when you are assembling an intricate custom home. Make sure you ask your contractor about her or his special policies and procedures. Your Arthur Rutenberg Homes local builder will be able to give you a schedule of your individual home and the time frames involved.

This article is designed to give you an overview into the general process of getting your new home built and can provide some good discussion points for you and your local builder.

First steps …

Using heavy equipment, the team clears the site of trees, debris and stone for, the house. The team grades the area, puts wooden stakes in to function as a template for the base, and digs out the holes and trenches for the elements that need to be placed for the next phase.

The footings are dug out, formed and poured, then fitted with drains, pipes and the electric conduits. Then the slab is poured.
After the slab is poured it is going to need time to settle and set up. After the concrete is poured into the pits and trenches, there will not be any action on the building site until it is completely cured.

An inspection from the local county will make sure that all went well with the foundation and the related elements that make for the base of your custom house.

The beginnings …

The initial work for the roof, walls and the floors are finished. The sheathing is subsequently covered with a protective barrier referred to as a house wrapping – that lets water vapor escape and keeps liquid from permeating the material during construction. This reduces the chance of mold and wood rot.

Rough plumbing, HVAC and electric: roofing and siding can be installed once the casing is completed. At the exact same time, conduits and wires run through the interior walls, ceilings and floors. Tubs and one piece shower/bath units are set in place at this stage because there is more room to move those big, heavy items.

Ductwork is installed for the heat, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, and depending on the area, the furnace.
Plumbing and HVAC ducts are generally installed before wiring, because it is simpler to run cables around conduits and ducts than vice versa.

Moving along …

After the roofing continues, your custom home is considered “dried in.” Electricians install receptacles for lights, wall sockets and switches and runs cables from the breaker panel to each receptacle. Wiring for phones, music systems and cable TV is completed in this phase.

Inspections happen again at this point and framing, pipes and mechanical and electrical systems are scrutinized for compliance with building codes. These will be three distinct reviews. At minimum, the framing review will be conducted individually from the electric/mechanical inspections.

Closer to your home …

Insulating material is installed. Insulation plays an integral part in creating a comfortable, indoor climate that is consistent while enhancing the energy efficiency of your new custom home. Some of the most significant qualities of insulating material is R-value or its thermal operation, which indicates how well it resists heat transfer. Most houses are insulated in the attic, in addition to all exterior walls and any floors that can be found above crawl spaces or unfinished basements. The most common types of insulating material used in dwellings that are new are cellulose, fiberglass and foam.

Closer to completion …

Drywall is installed. After taping is complete the primer coat of paint is additionally applied. Contractors start installing outdoor finishes like stone, stucco, brick and siding. Interior trimming and outdoor drives and paths are installed.

Many contractors choose to wait until the ending of the job before pouring the drive or setting paver stones because heavy gear (for example a drywall delivery truck) can damage concrete. But some contractors pour the drive the moment the foundation is finished for ease of access.

The lawn and exterior is prepped for landscaping and outdoor finish grading is finalized to ensure proper drainage away from your new home.
Switches, wall sockets and bathroom fixtures, light fixtures are installed and the electric panel is finished. Faucets, toilets and sinks are set in place.
Shower doors, mirrors and flooring is finished up. Shrubs, trees and grass are put and other outdoor landscaping finished.

Final step to your new home …

The home is inspected again. If any defects are discovered during this review, a follow up review may be scheduled to ensure that they have been corrected.

Your contractor will walk you through the functioning of various systems and elements and your new house to acquaint you with its characteristics, and clarify your duties for care and upkeep along with warranty coverage and processes. This is frequently called a pre-resolution walkthrough. It is also the opportunity to see things that need to be corrected or fixed, so be observant and careful.

You should examine the surfaces of walls, fixtures, floors and countertops for damage that is potential. Disputes can be avoided by this review because the homeowner finds a gouge in a countertop after move-in, and there is no means to establish whether the contractor’s crew or the homeowner’s movers caused it.

A Couple Of Words about Reviews: At critical points in the procedure, your contractor may run quality tests along with mandated reviews for code compliance. These reviews find though some issues may not surface until you have lived in the residence for a time period, as many potential problems as possible before building is completed.

For logistical reasons in addition to security, customers are typically discouraged from dropping in unannounced at the building site. Make sure to order it in advance if you’d like to pay a visit.

Final words …

Building a new custom home can be a very rewarding process. Understanding the way the plan comes together can help decrease stress and keep communication open between your local Arthur Rutenberg builder as they make progress on your new home.

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