The Building Process...

Building a new home is one of the most exciting and stressful experiences most of us have in a lifetime. By familiarizing yourself with the five major phases to the process, you can better prepare for what the experience will be like and what to anticipate.

Stage 1 - Foundation

Before the foundation is poured, there is a lot of work to do. The site must be graded and excavated and the foundation laid out according to the plot map. Rough plumbing is installed and inspected and, finally, the foundation for the house, garage and porch is poured.

Stage 2 - Framing

This is when your house starts looking like a house. During this phase, all of the home's interior and exterior walls and the stairs are framed. Now it's time to get keep the weather out, by installing the sheathing, roof, shingles, exterior doors and windows.

Stage 3 - Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical

Water, waste piping, water heater, HVAC system, ductwork and rough electrical wiring -- the guts of your new home -- are installed during this stage. All of these systems require inspection to assure you can safely move on to the next phase.

Stage 4 - Insulation and Drywall

First the walls are insulated and then the drywall or sheetrock is installed over them and textured as to your specifications from a previous discussion with the builder.

Stage 5 - Exterior and Interior Finish

In this phase, all the final details are taken care of, including installation and testing of electrical, mechanical, HVAC and plumbing systems and the installation of ceilings, doors, baseboards, window sills, floor coverings, countertops, cabinets, tiles, appliances, mirrors, lights, faucets and showerheads. Everything gets a covering of paint or wallpaper and the driveway and sidewalks are poured. Final inspections are performed now and landscaping is done.

It is typical to do a walk-through inspection of your home with your builder 5-10 days before closing to confirm that everything is as you want it. Once everything has cleared inspection, the home will be given a certificate of occupancy and you're ready to move in.

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