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.