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The 10 Step Process For Building the Home of Your Dreams

Posted by Thomas Lee on August 29, 2019
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You’ve drawn up the plans, you’ve made some design decisions, and you’ve certainly put some money down. Now, you’re anxious to get your new home built so you can move in and enjoy your beautiful new space. Understandably, buyers of new homes just can’t wait to move in!

How long will it take for your home to be built? The answer to that question depends on several factors, including where you’re building it, who your builder is, how elaborate and complicated your new home is, and so on. You’ll want to ask your builder for an estimate on the timeline, and then, even though it’s difficult, you’ll want to be patient. Weather, availability of materials, and many other things can push the finish date back. Still, your builder should allow you to set up an appointment any time to do a walkthrough so you can see the progress that’s being made.

And, as the new homeowner, you can follow the progress quite easily if you know the ten steps of construction for building the home of your dreams. Here they are:

  1. Site Preparation and Foundation
    Before anything can get built, the site needs to be cleared. Any trees, rocks, and anything else needs to be moved out of the way, and as you might expect, the more stuff there is to clear, the longer this step will take. Once the site is level, the foundation can be poured. This is a multi-step process that includes digging holes and trenches, as well as installing footings. If your new home will have a basement, it will be dug and poured at this time as well, and the builders will leave room for electrical and plumbing components.

The concrete on the foundation will need some time to cure; when it’s done, the crew will apply waterproofing and put in drains, along with any other necessary plumbing. When this part is done and the concrete has cured, the dirt will be pushed back to fill in spaces between the home and the ground. Then, before any further work can commence, a city inspector will ensure that everything is consistent with the building code.

  1. Rough Framing
    Here’s where the foundation starts to look like a home. The walls, floors, and roof are built, and house wrap is put on the plywood to prevent water from getting in and causing mold or wood rot.
  2. Install the Plumbing, HVAC, and Electrical
    When the actual structure is completed, the builder can start to install all of the modern conveniences. Water supply and sewer lines are put in, and this is usually when larger bathroom fixtures like bathtubs and showers are installed as well. The home’s HVAC system is then put in: a furnace or boiler is installed, and ducts and vents are put into place. Then, it’s time to bring in an electrician to set up a breaker and wiring for things like switches and outlets. Once all of these components are done, a city inspector will need to check that everything is up to code.
  3. Insulation
    To keep your new home energy efficient and comfortable, insulation needs to put into the exterior walls, the attic (if you have one), and the floor above an unfinished basement (if you have one of those as well). There are several types of insulation — these include fiberglass, foam, cellulose, rock wool, and more — and the type used on your home will depend on your builder and the climate in which you’ll be living. It might be rolled off a batt, or large roll, or it may be blown in, depending on the type of insulation that’s used.
  4. Interior and Exterior Surfaces
    After everything is well insulated, the home’s drywall is hung and primed, and any requested textures are added. On the outside of the home, the builder will put up siding, bricks, stone, or whatever your preferred material may be.
  5. The Large Details
    At this stage, your new home will go from looking like little more than a shell to looking more like a livable space. On the inside of the home, things like doors, baseboards and trim, window sills, stairways, vanities, and other large fixtures and trims are installed. The walls and trim will probably be painted in your specified colors before this stage is finished. On the outside, the driveway is usually poured and the walkway is installed. If your new home will have a porch or patio, it will probably be put in during this step as well.
  6. Hard Surfaces and Grading
    Your new home’s interior will start to look more livable soon, with countertops and any hard floors installed. (Carpeting will come later.) Outside, your builder will grade the property so water drains away from your home.
  7. The Small Details
    The finishing touches on your home’s interior are put into place: things like outlets, switches, and lighting are installed, and smaller bathroom and kitchen fixtures like sinks and toilets are put in. And, if they haven’t been finalized already, your home’s HVAC and electrical systems will be finished.
  8. Just a Few More Things
    At this stage, all your builder has to do is put in the finishing touches. Inside the home, things like mirrors, shower doors, and carpeting are all put in, while outside the home, landscapers will make your property look green and beautiful. Once everything is finished, your new home’s final inspection will take place. If all goes well, you’ll have a certificate of occupancy and will be ready to move in after the very last step, which is…
  9. The Final Walkthrough
    Congratulations! You’ve made it through the building process, and your new home is all ready for you! Before you say goodbye to your builder, he or she will walk you through your new home. You’ll learn how everything works, what types of maintenance will be necessary on the different parts of the house, and what your different warranties are. This is also the time to carefully inspect everything and anything; if you want something changed, or if something isn’t the way you asked for it, you’ve got to bring it up at the walkthrough. Otherwise, once you move in, anything you want changed will likely be your responsibility.
    You’ve drawn up the plans, you’ve made some design decisions, and you’ve certainly put some money down. Now, you’re anxious to get your new home built so you can move in and enjoy your beautiful new space. Understandably, buyers of new homes just can’t wait to move in!

How long will it take for your home to be built? The answer to that question depends on several factors, including where you’re building it, who your builder is, how elaborate and complicated your new home is, and so on. You’ll want to ask your builder for an estimate on the timeline, and then, even though it’s difficult, you’ll want to be patient. Weather, availability of materials, and many other things can push the finish date back. Still, your builder should allow you to set up an appointment any time to do a walk through so you can see the progress that’s being made.

And, as the new homeowner, you can follow the progress quite easily if you know the ten steps of construction for building the home of your dreams. Here they are:

  1. Site Preparation and Foundation
    Before anything can get built, the site needs to be cleared. Any trees, rocks, and anything else needs to be moved out of the way, and as you might expect, the more stuff there is to clear, the longer this step will take. Once the site is level, the foundation can be poured. This is a multi-step process that includes digging holes and trenches, as well as installing footings. If your new home will have a basement, it will be dug and poured at this time as well, and the builders will leave room for electrical and plumbing components.

The concrete on the foundation will need some time to cure; when it’s done, the crew will apply waterproofing and put in drains, along with any other necessary plumbing. When this part is done and the concrete has cured, the dirt will be pushed back to fill in spaces between the home and the ground. Then, before any further work can commence, a city inspector will ensure that everything is consistent with the building code.

  1. Rough Framing
    Here’s where the foundation starts to look like a home. The walls, floors, and roof are built, and house wrap is put on the plywood to prevent water from getting in and causing mold or wood rot.
  2. Install the Plumbing, HVAC, and Electrical
    When the actual structure is completed, the builder can start to install all of the modern conveniences. Water supply and sewer lines are put in, and this is usually when larger bathroom fixtures like bathtubs and showers are installed as well. The home’s HVAC system is then put in: a furnace or boiler is installed, and ducts and vents are put into place. Then, it’s time to bring in an electrician to set up a breaker and wiring for things like switches and outlets. Once all of these components are done, a city inspector will need to check that everything is up to code.
  3. Insulation
    To keep your new home energy efficient and comfortable, insulation needs to put into the exterior walls, the attic (if you have one), and the floor above an unfinished basement (if you have one of those as well). There are several types of insulation — these include fiberglass, foam, cellulose, rock wool, and more — and the type used on your home will depend on your builder and the climate in which you’ll be living. It might be rolled off a batt, or large roll, or it may be blown in, depending on the type of insulation that’s used.
  4. Interior and Exterior Surfaces
    After everything is well insulated, the home’s drywall is hung and primed, and any requested textures are added. On the outside of the home, the builder will put up siding, bricks, stone, or whatever your preferred material may be.
  5. The Large Details
    At this stage, your new home will go from looking like little more than a shell to looking more like a livable space. On the inside of the home, things like doors, baseboards and trim, window sills, stairways, vanities, and other large fixtures and trims are installed. The walls and trim will probably be painted in your specified colors before this stage is finished. On the outside, the driveway is usually poured and the walkway is installed. If your new home will have a porch or patio, it will probably be put in during this step as well.
  6. Hard Surfaces and Grading
    Your new home’s interior will start to look more livable soon, with countertops and any hard floors installed. (Carpeting will come later.) Outside, your builder will grade the property so water drains away from your home.
  7. The Small Details
    The finishing touches on your home’s interior are put into place: things like outlets, switches, and lighting are installed, and smaller bathroom and kitchen fixtures like sinks and toilets are put in. And, if they haven’t been finalized already, your home’s HVAC and electrical systems will be finished.
  8. Just a Few More Things
    At this stage, all your builder has to do is put in the finishing touches. Inside the home, things like mirrors, shower doors, and carpeting are all put in, while outside the home, landscapers will make your property look green and beautiful. Once everything is finished, your new home’s final inspection will take place. If all goes well, you’ll have a certificate of occupancy and will be ready to move in after the very last step, which is…
  9. The Final Walkthrough
    Congratulations! You’ve made it through the building process, and your new home is all ready for you! Before you say goodbye to your builder, he or she will walk you through your new home. You’ll learn how everything works, what types of maintenance will be necessary on the different parts of the house, and what your different warranties are. This is also the time to carefully inspect everything and anything; if you want something changed, or if something isn’t the way you asked for it, you’ve got to bring it up at the walkthrough. Otherwise, once you move in, anything you want changed will likely be your responsibility.
    You’ve drawn up the plans, you’ve made some design decisions, and you’ve certainly put some money down. Now, you’re anxious to get your new home built so you can move in and enjoy your beautiful new space. Understandably, buyers of new homes just can’t wait to move in!

How long will it take for your home to be built? The answer to that question depends on several factors, including where you’re building it, who your builder is, how elaborate and complicated your new home is, and so on. You’ll want to ask your builder for an estimate on the timeline, and then, even though it’s difficult, you’ll want to be patient. Weather, availability of materials, and many other things can push the finish date back. Still, your builder should allow you to set up an appointment any time to do a walk through so you can see the progress that’s being made.

And, as the new homeowner, you can follow the progress quite easily if you know the ten steps of construction for building the home of your dreams. Here they are:

  1. Site Preparation and Foundation
    Before anything can get built, the site needs to be cleared. Any trees, rocks, and anything else needs to be moved out of the way, and as you might expect, the more stuff there is to clear, the longer this step will take. Once the site is level, the foundation can be poured. This is a multi-step process that includes digging holes and trenches, as well as installing footings. If your new home will have a basement, it will be dug and poured at this time as well, and the builders will leave room for electrical and plumbing components.

The concrete on the foundation will need some time to cure; when it’s done, the crew will apply waterproofing and put in drains, along with any other necessary plumbing. When this part is done and the concrete has cured, the dirt will be pushed back to fill in spaces between the home and the ground. Then, before any further work can commence, a city inspector will ensure that everything is consistent with the building code.

  1. Rough Framing
    Here’s where the foundation starts to look like a home. The walls, floors, and roof are built, and house wrap is put on the plywood to prevent water from getting in and causing mold or wood rot.
  2. Install the Plumbing, HVAC, and Electrical
    When the actual structure is completed, the builder can start to install all of the modern conveniences. Water supply and sewer lines are put in, and this is usually when larger bathroom fixtures like bathtubs and showers are installed as well. The home’s HVAC system is then put in: a furnace or boiler is installed, and ducts and vents are put into place. Then, it’s time to bring in an electrician to set up a breaker and wiring for things like switches and outlets. Once all of these components are done, a city inspector will need to check that everything is up to code.
  3. Insulation
    To keep your new home energy efficient and comfortable, insulation needs to put into the exterior walls, the attic (if you have one), and the floor above an unfinished basement (if you have one of those as well). There are several types of insulation — these include fiberglass, foam, cellulose, rock wool, and more — and the type used on your home will depend on your builder and the climate in which you’ll be living. It might be rolled off a batt, or large roll, or it may be blown in, depending on the type of insulation that’s used.
  4. Interior and Exterior Surfaces
    After everything is well insulated, the home’s drywall is hung and primed, and any requested textures are added. On the outside of the home, the builder will put up siding, bricks, stone, or whatever your preferred material may be.
  5. The Large Details
    At this stage, your new home will go from looking like little more than a shell to looking more like a livable space. On the inside of the home, things like doors, baseboards and trim, window sills, stairways, vanities, and other large fixtures and trims are installed. The walls and trim will probably be painted in your specified colors before this stage is finished. On the outside, the driveway is usually poured and the walkway is installed. If your new home will have a porch or patio, it will probably be put in during this step as well.
  6. Hard Surfaces and Grading
    Your new home’s interior will start to look more livable soon, with countertops and any hard floors installed. (Carpeting will come later.) Outside, your builder will grade the property so water drains away from your home.
  7. The Small Details
    The finishing touches on your home’s interior are put into place: things like outlets, switches, and lighting are installed, and smaller bathroom and kitchen fixtures like sinks and toilets are put in. And, if they haven’t been finalized already, your home’s HVAC and electrical systems will be finished.
  8. Just a Few More Things
    At this stage, all your builder has to do is put in the finishing touches. Inside the home, things like mirrors, shower doors, and carpeting are all put in, while outside the home, landscapers will make your property look green and beautiful. Once everything is finished, your new home’s final inspection will take place. If all goes well, you’ll have a certificate of occupancy and will be ready to move in after the very last step, which is…
  9. The Final Walkthrough
    Congratulations! You’ve made it through the building process, and your new home is all ready for you! Before you say goodbye to your builder, he or she will walk you through your new home. You’ll learn how everything works, what types of maintenance will be necessary on the different parts of the house, and what your different warranties are. This is also the time to carefully inspect everything and anything; if you want something changed, or if something isn’t the way you asked for it, you’ve got to bring it up at the walkthrough. Otherwise, once you move in, anything you want changed will likely be your responsibility.
    You’ve drawn up the plans, you’ve made some design decisions, and you’ve certainly put some money down. Now, you’re anxious to get your new home built so you can move in and enjoy your beautiful new space. Understandably, buyers of new homes just can’t wait to move in!

How long will it take for your home to be built? The answer to that question depends on several factors, including where you’re building it, who your builder is, how elaborate and complicated your new home is, and so on. You’ll want to ask your builder for an estimate on the timeline, and then, even though it’s difficult, you’ll want to be patient. Weather, availability of materials, and many other things can push the finish date back. Still, your builder should allow you to set up an appointment any time to do a walk through so you can see the progress that’s being made.

And, as the new homeowner, you can follow the progress quite easily if you know the ten steps of construction for building the home of your dreams. Here they are:

  1. Site Preparation and Foundation
    Before anything can get built, the site needs to be cleared. Any trees, rocks, and anything else needs to be moved out of the way, and as you might expect, the more stuff there is to clear, the longer this step will take. Once the site is level, the foundation can be poured. This is a multi-step process that includes digging holes and trenches, as well as installing footings. If your new home will have a basement, it will be dug and poured at this time as well, and the builders will leave room for electrical and plumbing components.

The concrete on the foundation will need some time to cure; when it’s done, the crew will apply waterproofing and put in drains, along with any other necessary plumbing. When this part is done and the concrete has cured, the dirt will be pushed back to fill in spaces between the home and the ground. Then, before any further work can commence, a city inspector will ensure that everything is consistent with the building code.

  1. Rough Framing
    Here’s where the foundation starts to look like a home. The walls, floors, and roof are built, and house wrap is put on the plywood to prevent water from getting in and causing mold or wood rot.
  2. Install the Plumbing, HVAC, and Electrical
    When the actual structure is completed, the builder can start to install all of the modern conveniences. Water supply and sewer lines are put in, and this is usually when larger bathroom fixtures like bathtubs and showers are installed as well. The home’s HVAC system is then put in: a furnace or boiler is installed, and ducts and vents are put into place. Then, it’s time to bring in an electrician to set up a breaker and wiring for things like switches and outlets. Once all of these components are done, a city inspector will need to check that everything is up to code.
  3. Insulation
    To keep your new home energy efficient and comfortable, insulation needs to put into the exterior walls, the attic (if you have one), and the floor above an unfinished basement (if you have one of those as well). There are several types of insulation — these include fiberglass, foam, cellulose, rock wool, and more — and the type used on your home will depend on your builder and the climate in which you’ll be living. It might be rolled off a batt, or large roll, or it may be blown in, depending on the type of insulation that’s used.
  4. Interior and Exterior Surfaces
    After everything is well insulated, the home’s drywall is hung and primed, and any requested textures are added. On the outside of the home, the builder will put up siding, bricks, stone, or whatever your preferred material may be.
  5. The Large Details
    At this stage, your new home will go from looking like little more than a shell to looking more like a livable space. On the inside of the home, things like doors, baseboards and trim, window sills, stairways, vanities, and other large fixtures and trims are installed. The walls and trim will probably be painted in your specified colors before this stage is finished. On the outside, the driveway is usually poured and the walkway is installed. If your new home will have a porch or patio, it will probably be put in during this step as well.
  6. Hard Surfaces and Grading
    Your new home’s interior will start to look more livable soon, with countertops and any hard floors installed. (Carpeting will come later.) Outside, your builder will grade the property so water drains away from your home.
  7. The Small Details
    The finishing touches on your home’s interior are put into place: things like outlets, switches, and lighting are installed, and smaller bathroom and kitchen fixtures like sinks and toilets are put in. And, if they haven’t been finalized already, your home’s HVAC and electrical systems will be finished.
  8. Just a Few More Things
    At this stage, all your builder has to do is put in the finishing touches. Inside the home, things like mirrors, shower doors, and carpeting are all put in, while outside the home, landscapers will make your property look green and beautiful. Once everything is finished, your new home’s final inspection will take place. If all goes well, you’ll have a certificate of occupancy and will be ready to move in after the very last step, which is…
  9. The Final Walkthrough
    Congratulations! You’ve made it through the building process, and your new home is all ready for you! Before you say goodbye to your builder, he or she will walk you through your new home. You’ll learn how everything works, what types of maintenance will be necessary on the different parts of the house, and what your different warranties are. This is also the time to carefully inspect everything and anything; if you want something changed, or if something isn’t the way you asked for it, you’ve got to bring it up at the walkthrough. Otherwise, once you move in, anything you want changed will likely be your responsibility.
    You’ve drawn up the plans, you’ve made some design decisions, and you’ve certainly put some money down. Now, you’re anxious to get your new home built so you can move in and enjoy your beautiful new space. Understandably, buyers of new homes just can’t wait to move in!

How long will it take for your home to be built? The answer to that question depends on several factors, including where you’re building it, who your builder is, how elaborate and complicated your new home is, and so on. You’ll want to ask your builder for an estimate on the timeline, and then, even though it’s difficult, you’ll want to be patient. Weather, availability of materials, and many other things can push the finish date back. Still, your builder should allow you to set up an appointment any time to do a walk through so you can see the progress that’s being made.

And, as the new homeowner, you can follow the progress quite easily if you know the ten steps of construction for building the home of your dreams. Here they are:

  1. Site Preparation and Foundation
    Before anything can get built, the site needs to be cleared. Any trees, rocks, and anything else needs to be moved out of the way, and as you might expect, the more stuff there is to clear, the longer this step will take. Once the site is level, the foundation can be poured. This is a multi-step process that includes digging holes and trenches, as well as installing footings. If your new home will have a basement, it will be dug and poured at this time as well, and the builders will leave room for electrical and plumbing components.

The concrete on the foundation will need some time to cure; when it’s done, the crew will apply waterproofing and put in drains, along with any other necessary plumbing. When this part is done and the concrete has cured, the dirt will be pushed back to fill in spaces between the home and the ground. Then, before any further work can commence, a city inspector will ensure that everything is consistent with the building code.

  1. Rough Framing
    Here’s where the foundation starts to look like a home. The walls, floors, and roof are built, and house wrap is put on the plywood to prevent water from getting in and causing mold or wood rot.
  2. Install the Plumbing, HVAC, and Electrical

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