Building a new house is an exciting prospect for soon-to-be homeowners, who typically have a lot of questions about the process. How long will it take? What are the various steps in construction? When can we visit it progress? Can we inspect the home before we take possession? And so on.
What follows is a typical step-by-step construction process for a single-family home. Keep in mind, when it comes to new home construction, the size and style of the house, its lot, special customization requirement and much more can have an effect on how things are done and the length of time needed.
Step 1: Before We Break the Earth
The pre-construction phase begins with developing plans for your home, getting the necessary permits and doing site tests, which may involve checking the bearing capacity of the ground and doing environmental checks.
Step 2: Laying the Foundation
After the new home construction site is cleared of debris, we dig a hole for the foundation, if your house will have a basement. After the footings are put in place, concrete is poured and waterproofing applied, we put in the basement and first-floor plumbing connections, which include drains, sewer and water taps.
A building inspector examines the foundation to make sure it meets code.
Step 3: Erecting the Frame
In this phase, we assemble exterior walls, interior partitions, and the roof, erecting a framing skeleton and applying exterior sheeting. This cover protects the frame from water seeping into the wood. Then windows and doors are installed.
Next, we put in the basement floor, rough in electrical and plumbing services and install ducts for heating, cooling and ventilation.
In a second inspection, a building inspector examines the framing, electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems. Possibly there may be separate inspectors for the frame and the other systems.
Step 4: Doing Interior and Exterior Work
Over the next several weeks a lot of new home construction work will be done, inside and out. We insulate exterior walls and the roof and put in a vapor barrier. We hang drywall, taping seams so they are hidden. We install heating and cooling systems, including fireplaces.
We paint walls and ceilings, put in the flooring, and install kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Plumbing and electrical fixtures are installed, trim is applied and then interior doors are hung.
Then your new home’s exterior is applied, which could include siding, stucco, stone, or brick. We install porches and decks do final lot grading and put in the driveway and walkways.
Throughout this process, we stay in regular contact with you, updating you on progress and getting your input on selecting finishes and other matters.
The building inspector does a final assessment to ensure your new home meets all building codes, issuing a certificate of occupancy if it does.
Step 5: The Final Walk-Through
With the final work and cleaning done, we ask you to do a walk-through of your new home. You’ll have a chance to see how everything works and can ask at this point for any touch-ups if needed.
Parker Build Homes is the custom home builder of choice in the Tulsa, Northeast Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas areas. Contact us to start building your dream home.