The Home Building Process

Building a brand new house is exciting…but it can also be a little overwhelming, especially if you’ve never done it before.  

As experienced home builders, Centra Homes gives you a simple step-by-step process for new home construction.  We don’t leave anything to chance.  And our knowledgeable sales agents are here to guide throughout the build.

All of our construction takes between 150 to 170 days, depending on your floor plan, selected upgrades and weather conditions during the building process.

Within this timeframe, your house construction will follow the eight steps below.

A couple being guided through steps by an agent

Steps to building a New Home

1. Start with a solid foundation — dig & prepare the basement

Depending on your design, we prepare the base of your home by putting in proper footings. Next, we form the foundation walls, which are waterproofed and backfilled.

2. Add the rough frame for your dream house

We then 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. The roof, windows and exterior doors are then installed.

3. Get the necessities — 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. Stay warm and cozy — add insulation

A well-insulated home is warmer in winter, cooler in summer, and keeps your energy bills as low as possible. And in Minnesota, that’s important! We put blanket fiberglass insulation on exterior walls and in the attic.

Man installing batt insulation
Kitchen island
View of bathroom sink and mirror with planterView of staircase with wooden banister

5. Enjoy quality finishing –  hang drywall, add interior trim and install exterior finish

We install drywall, tape the seams, then add a primer coat of paint. At this stage we also add 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. Get the flooring & fixtures you want

Next, we install ceramic tile, 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 those 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. Step into your new home — 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 Home Inspections

Your home will be inspected by the city at different stages of the building process, for building code compliance. A home inspector will look at everything including, but not limited to:

  • The foundation
  • Basement 
  • HVAC system 
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical Systems 
  • Roof
  • Flooring
  • Windows and Doors 
  • Structural Component

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.