The Home Building Process: What to Expect When Building Your New Home

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Did you know there are more

than half a million people that go through the home building process every
year? Even with how common this process is, most people don’t know what to
expect during the home building process.

If you visit your home site
during certain parts of the process, you’ll think nothing is going on, while
other parts come together in the blink of an eye. Here’s what you need to know.

Patience Is Required

At the start of the home
building process, you might think nothing is happening at all. There isn’t a
lot of activity that’s visible at the start of a home site.

However, there’s a lot of
other work that needs to be completed before a shovel gets put in the ground.
Meeting with our interior design team allows you to customize your home plan by
selecting optional floor plans and selecting the finishes you want. Between
planning meetings with architects and city officials, applying for permits, and
home plan finalization, activity is going on that doesn’t result in visible
progress. However, there’s a lot that’s happening. 

Background work that starts
out before building begins ensures for a smooth building process .

Foundation and Frame Go up

Once the paperwork is
completed, it’s time to lay the foundation. During this time, the area where
the house will be built is dug up in the ground. There’s digging whether you’ll
be building a full basement or not.

. The planning for the home
will include where plumbing is going to be laid in the slab before the concrete
is poured and cured. Some may see the foundation and wonder if the house is big
enough, as a flat area of concrete can be deceiving and look smaller than the
finished home.

Things start to come together
when the frame is constructed. The shape of your home will come together once
building begins on top of the slab or foundation. The framework will give an
idea of where the exterior walls will be and some idea of where the interior
will be laid.

The more time and care that
homebuilders take during this time, the better your home will weather whatever Mother
Nature throws at it. Inspections are completed at each stage once footings,
weeping tile and backfill and framing is completed.

Shingles and Insulation

When the frame and foundation
are laid, you might see a lot of plastic sheeting and tarps on the surface of
your home. That’s because the home is not yet waterproof. Shingles and flashing
need to be installed to ensure that weather can’t damage the frame or
foundation.

Flashing, shingles, and
exterior finishes (brick, stucco or siding) goes on the exterior walls keep the
weather out. Now, before anything can be done on the interior, it’s essential
to put in the insulation where it needs to go.

The reason insulation comes
next is that it has to be shaped around all of the electrical wiring and
outlets that will be hidden in the walls. Breaker boxes, heating, and cooling
equipment are also laid out during this time. On top of that, plumbing is set
so that everything can be installed before walls are put up.

Building Inspectors will come
by to inspect at key stages of construction that are prescribed in the building
code.

Drywall and Trim Go in Next

During this next period is
when you’ll be able to walk around the home and see what it’s really going to
look like. Once electrical, insulation, and plumbing inspections have been
completed, the walls will be covered and you’ll see a finalized looking home.

The taping is applied on top
of drywall and then the trim and doors are set. The taping must take sufficient
time to dry and cure before any 
interior
design
 work can be done. 

During this time, finish
carpenters come by to do this interior work. They install interior doors, trim,
and install your kitchen cabinets and countertops. Also, flooring such as tile,
hardwood or carpet is installed in the finishing stages.

Expect the final staircase and
railings to shape up during this time. Carpenters and interior builders can
work on these portions now that the home has been weatherproofed. 

Final Quality Check

During this period, you’ll see
your personal builder come by to double-check that everything you agreed on has
been completed. They check for the quality and accuracy of your home
designs. 

Expect corrections to take
place before you see the final version of the home.

After the final quality check
is completed, you’ll get to see the final home during your pre-delivery home
inspection. You’ll have the sale closed shortly after and then get the keys to
your home.

Once you get the keys, you’re
all set to move in. This final quality check ensures that it’s not only safe
but it’s everything that you agreed upon and what you expected from the home.

Expect Updates During the Home
Building Process

The home building process
looks different for every home, but these basic steps should outline what is to
happen during your home’s construction. When you hire a builder, expect them to
guide you through the process.

With the help of our Follow My Home customer
portal tool, you don’t have to make any visits to the site to know what’s
happening. We will upload still and 360 degree images of your home during
significant stages of construction. This ensures the safety of our customers
by not visiting the site during construction.