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The steps for building a new home

So you’ve decided to build a new home- congratulations! Building a new home has many benefits - check out our blog post comparing whether to buy or to build.

Now that you are set on building your own house, what’s next?

First, select your architect. You can also go with a Design Builder, a company who does all design and construction under the same umbrella. Or you can go with an Owner’s Rep, who selects and vets all professionals on your behalf, so you can focus on what you care about most, and the Rep will enforce everything for you.

(Skip this step if you have decided to purchase from a builder who only offers a selection of houses to choose from.)

Next, select your contractor.

Now, onto the building process:

Step 1: Prepping the site and pouring foundation.

The crew clears your future yard of all trees and rocks to prepare the space for the foundation work. Footings are placed. They’ll pour concrete for the foundation, and wait for it to cure. Then, they apply waterproofing. After that, the crew installs all the first-floor plumbing connections, including drains, sewer, and water lines. The soil around the foundation is filled in.

Step 2: 1st Inspection.

Step 3: Framing.

Step 4: Plumbing, electrical, and HVAC.

Step 5: 2nd inspection.

Step 6: Insulation.

Step 7: Drywall.

Step 8: Exterior finish.

Step 9: Interior trim.

Step 10: Exterior walkways.

Step 11: Flooring and countertops.

Step 12: Lights and mechanical trims.

Step 13: Finishing.

Step 14: 3rd inspection.

Step 15: The walk-through.


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