Construction begins with home site excavation. Your home's position is staked on the lot and prepped for the foundation. For homes with a basement or block wall construction, the concrete footing, the base on which your home's foundation will rest, is poured. When it is set, a gravel fill is placed around the footing or under the basement slab for drainage.
Your new home's foundation consists of a slab, or poured wall foundation. Slab construction: Forms are set and an outline of the new home begins to take shape. Underground plumbing is installed and tied into the public sewer system. After a bit of prep work, the slab is poured which creates the foundation for your home. Poured wall foundation: Concrete is poured into foundation form panels. Once the concrete is set, foundation waterproofing is applied, and drain tile piping is installed. Underground plumbing is installed and tied into the public sewer system. Next, your basement slab is poured, and the concrete floors are finished.
Framing is the phase where things really start to take shape. Many homeowners think their home is near completion at the end of this stage. Actually, we are still only about one third of the way through the construction process! So while the phases beyond this one may seem much slower in progress, it's because we are getting into the fine details which may not be apparent but are vital to your finished home. In the framing phase, the subfloor, walls, and roof structure are built, and your roof is shingled. Window and door units are installed, and any backfilling around the foundation is done.
"Rough mechanics" is the term used for the mechanical portions of building including heating, air conditioning, plumbing and electric. This construction phase is a swarm of activity, as plumbing and indoor sewer pipes, your furnace and ducts, and electric wiring, outlets, and switches are installed. Insulation is installed in the walls, and drywall is staged in each room for future installation. Water, gas and electric utilities are also connected to your home. Toward the end of this phase we will perform a pre-drywall review with you. This review is an opportunity to go over the work already done on your home and discuss work to be completed in the next four phases. This is also the time we preform our blower door testing to ensure your new home meets our performance expectations.
This phase is one of the most important pertaining to your homes energy performance. All penetrations to the exterior are meticulous air sealed to minimize air leakage. After the air sealing is completed, insulation can begin.
The drywall phase of home construction shows progress rather quickly. Rooms are separated and divided, giving you the visual effect of each space. Drywall is hung and finished. Outside brick, stone, and siding are installed and your home site is graded for drainage to prepare for the driveway, patios, and walks.
The finishing phase is probably one of the most exciting phases. You'll see many of the selections you made come to life. This is when we install kitchen and bath cabinetry, countertops, mirrors, medicine cabinets, interior doors and trim, stair rails, and many other detail features.
During this construction phase, finishing touches are added, such as cleaning the windows, floors, baths, kitchen, and so on. Building and Quality Assurance Inspections are scheduled and completed to ensure all of the finishing touches on your new home have been completed according to your custom architectural plan. After your Homeowner Orientation and Closing, your custom built home will be ready for you to move into!