What to Expect During Your Build
Watching your new home take shape is exciting, especially when you understand the homebuilding process. Start to finish, construction generally takes 150 to 170 days. The exact time depends on a few factors, including weather conditions and upgrades you may have added to your floor plan.
Steps to build your new home:
1. Dig & prepare the basement
We dig the hole for the basement, if applicable. Then the footings are formed and poured. Next, we form the foundation walls. The crew waterproofs the foundation walls and backfills the foundation.
2. Build the rough frame
We construct the wooden shell of the house. We wrap the house in a protective barrier that prevents rain and snow from entering the house, while letting moisture out. We also install roofing. At this stage and after we wrap the house windows and exterior doors are also installed.
3. Install rough plumbing, electrical and HVAC
Our expert electricians and plumbers install pipes and wires through your home’s walls, ceilings and floors. We install sewer lines and vents, and water supply lines for kitchen and bath fixtures. We add ductwork for your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The electricians run wires to the breaker panel. We also install low voltage for phones, internet and TV.
4. Add insulation
A well-insulated home is warmer in winter, cooler in summer, and keeps your energy bills as low as possible. We put blanket fiberglass insulation on exterior walls and in the attic.
5. Hang drywall, add interior trim and install exterior finish
We put up the drywall and tape the seams, then add a primer coat of paint. We install interior doorframes and doors, baseboards, moldings, windowsills, cabinets, fireplace mantles and any other trim you’ve selected. Walls are painted according to your color choices. We install the exterior finish of your home. Your driveway, walkway and patio (if applicable) are also created at this stage. Depending on the style of home you’ve chosen and your community, your exterior may be vinyl siding, masonry siding, brick or stone.
6. Install flooring & fixtures
Next, we install ceramic tile, and vinyl and wood flooring. We add the countertops you’ve chosen to your kitchen and bathrooms. We install bathroom fixtures (sink, toilet, shower, tub) and the electricians install outlets, lights and switches. HVAC equipment is also put in place.
7. Add finishing touches
Inside the house, we add mirrors, shower doors and carpeting. Outside, we plant grass, trees and shrubs. If winter conditions apply, this will be completed in the spring.
8. New homeowner orientation
When your home is complete, your Project Manager will give you a pre-closing walkthrough and orientation. During this exciting step, you’ll see all the spaces of your new home. You’ll learn how to operate the heating and cooling system, and go over the customer service process.
After the orientation, you’ll sign the paperwork to officially close on your new home. Then, it’s time to move in!
A note about inspections:
Your home will be inspected by the city at different stages of the building process, for building code compliance. Your builders also do quality checks at every stage, to catch any potential problems and fix them before construction is complete. These inspections help to ensure that you move into a safe home that’s in working order and looks great.