Building your own house can be an exciting, but the amount of time it takes can make anyone feel impatient or anxious. You are probably ready to move in and want the house built as soon as possible. However, it’s important to be patient. Home builders do an immense amount of work on each house they build, and it’s better for them to be thorough and precise than to do a rushed job and make a mistake that will cost you money to repair later.
The first thing the crew of home builders must do is prepare the building site. Some crews will hire subcontractors to do this work, whereas others will do the work themselves. This involves using a bulldozer and backhoe to clear the lot of rocks, trees, and other debris. Next, they will dig a hole for the basement, put in wooden frames to serve as a template for the foundation. Once they’ve done that, they will pour cement into the holes and trenches to create the foundation, which must then be inspected by a city inspector.
Once the foundation and basement are finished, the home builders will erect the “skeleton” of the house. This term is used to refer to the floors, walls, and roof. While the skeleton is being built, the crew will cover the entire structure with a protective barrier known as a house wrap whenever they are not working. This will help keep moisture out and prevent the wood from rotting.
After the skeleton has been constructed, the crew will install the roofing and siding materials to the exterior of the house. While this is going on, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical contractors will also work to install pipes and ventilation in the walls of the house. This includes putting in sewer lines, ductwork, bathtubs and toilets, water supply lines, insulation, and the furnace. The electrician will also install outlets and phone jacks at this time. After these installations are complete, city inspectors will once again inspect the house to make sure the electrical and plumbing systems comply with local and state building codes.
After the wiring, ventilation, and plumbing systems are in place, home builders will work to put the finishing touches on the house. This includes hanging the drywall and applying paint to the interior walls, as well as putting up exterior finishes such as brick, stucco, or siding. The crew will also add decorative trim such as baseboards, lay down the flooring, and install cabinets, light fixtures, mirrors, and bathroom vanities. Once this is done, the crew will do a final cleanup and the city inspectors will return for a final inspection. Following the last inspection, the house will finally be ready for you and your family to move in!