Building a house is not only one of the most exciting times in your life, but it can also be a stressful experience as well. By familiarizing yourself with the process, you can better anticipate what the experience will be like and what you need to look out for. Below are the major stages of the new home building process.

The Road Map to Building a New Home

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. And it’s time to 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 ensure you can safely move on to the next phase.

Stage 4 – Insulation and Drywall
First the walls are insulated and then the drywall is installed over them.

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.

Once everything has cleared inspection, the home will be given a certificate of occupancy and you’re ready to move in.

So you are thinking of building a home. You are probably asking “Where do we begin?” Curtis Homes has developed a New Home Buying Guide to help make sense of the unfamiliar and simplify the process of buying and building your new home. With reasons to consider new versus resale, the real truth about what you’ll get into when buying a foreclosure and what our new homes consider “standard”, these resources are a great way to get started and make sure you’re not overlooking anything.

New Home - Buyers Guide

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The Benefits of Buying a New Home vs. a Pre-Owned Home

What’s the value of truly having a place to call home? Owning a home is more than a financial decision. Your investment goes far beyond taxes and equity. Owning a home means investing in the community where you live, its parks and its schools.

It’s an investment in your family by providing them with the stability and consistency that comes from having a place to call home. And its an investment in yourself as you learn what the pride of home ownership is really about. Click here to learn more.

Curtis Homes “Smart” Standard Features

There are many reasons that make us different from other home builders – foundation waterproofing, steel support beams, double top sill plates. But, the biggest difference is that as the builder, we are building the house (not a superintendent) and servicing you, the customer. We are out there every day watching over each phase of the building process, from construction to meeting with the customer and being there for the walk-throughs – we do it all, and we don’t cut corners. Click here to learn more.