If you’re planning to build your dream house, you might be overwhelmed by the excitement to see your new home, from the start of the construction to finish. Understandably, every homeowners-to-be enjoys watching their homes take shape. As residential architects, Truoba House Plans came up with the 10 steps to guide you through upcoming house construction process.
1. Set your goals and expectations
You need to recognize that setting your goals before executing the job is the very first thing you need to do. Establishing your plan A and plan B is part of this crucial step in achieving your goal. The following questions will help you in setting up your goal.
- What do you want to see as a finished product?
- Where do you want to construct your dream house?
- Do I have enough budget for building my dream house?
- Is it achievable?
- Does plan A enough to satisfy my goal?
- How about my plan B?
2. Create your “dream team” –
Your team must have a team of required professionals as your project goes on. Professionals such as architects, builders, engineers, HVAC technicians, plumbers, electricians, etc. are very important throughout the journey. Remember that with the right people comes the right guide.
As your journey continuous, you might want to add a member to your team. How about a kitchen designer or a landscape architect. For sure, you want your yard to complement the house, right?
3. Preparation of the construction site and pouring of the foundation –
Once you’ve found already a place to build your house, site preparation and foundation work are the things for you to think and work about. Those works can be performed by the same crew, but there may be some cases that you’ll be needing the help of heavy equipment, for example, if the location is in the wooded lot area. Remember to adhere to the laws concerning house building.
4. Completing the rough framing –
This includes the floor and roof systems, walls that should be completed at this stage. Exterior walls should be carefully covered with sheathing that will serve as a protective barrier that prevents liquid or water from penetrating the inside structure.
5. Complete Plumbing (rough) Electrical HVAC –
At this point, you must be certain that the following were already installed.
- HVAC system ( includes vent pipes and ductworks)
- Shower units and bathtubs
- Sewer lines and vents
- Water lines (very important)
- Pipes and electrical wires
At this point, the electrical and plumbing contractors will start installing the necessary pipes and wires through the interior walls, floors, and ceilings. Complete all the important mentioned things at this stage. Once done, an electrician can then installs the necessary outlets, lights, and switches and connects wires from the circuit breaker to each receptacle.
However, be sure that HVAC ducting and plumbing works are installed before electrical wiring since it is easier to run wires than the other way around.
6. Installing of insulation system –
Insulation is a very important part of building a house. It helps in creating a more consistent indoor climate and at the same time, improves your energy efficiency. Bear in mind that one of the most important features of insulation is its ability to resist heat transfer. It is called thermal performance and be sure to check it before purchasing one for your home. Most exterior walls must be properly insulated including the attic.
Depending on your region or climate, your builder might suggest other types of insulation than those commonly used such as fiberglass, foam, and cellulose.
7. Completion of drywall and interior fixtures, exterior finishing can be started –
After the drywall is hung and taped, your contractor can begin installing exterior finishes of your choice such as bricks, stones or sidings.
8. Installation of interior trim and exterior pathways and driveway –
At this point, Install your doors, windows, and decorative trim as well as your cabinets and fireplace mantles. The final coat of paint is usually done within this stage, too.
Also, your driveways, pathways, and patios are simultaneously formed at this point. Although many home builders prefer to work the concrete on driveways at the end of the project, some builders, as soon as the foundation is completed pour the driveways.
9. Installation of shower doors and mirrors, finishing touches for floorings and exterior landscaping –
Final cleanup takes place at this stage. Mirrors, shower doors, and carpets should be simultaneously installed at this point. Grasses and trees are also planted and other matters with regards to exterior landscaping should be completed before the final stage.
10. The final walk-through –
This is the point where you will spot things that need to be corrected or adjusted. The contractor will take you for a walk to your brand-new home to get acquainted with its features and operations of various components and systems as well as discuss your responsibilities for the maintenance. This is the best time to spot items that you think might need some adjustments or corrections. To avoid disputes or issues, it is better that you have a thorough examination of the entire house floor plans while your builder is still around. Since you’ve worked hard to earn money to build your new home, it is a good thing to enjoy it. Seeing your family enjoying it as well will bring you happiness and contentment in life. At the end of the day, it’s the place you get to call home.