Are you both excited and afraid by the idea of new house construction? Are you going through those home construction pictures, but still confused where to begin?
Building a home can surely be a daunting task. A lot happens behind the scenes and it’s not easy to understand each and everything. But it’s not that difficult as it sounds.
Here is our step-by-step guide to the home building process.
Explore Your Finance Options
You must consider financing options, if you do not have access to enough liquid funds for the construction of your new home.
This can be more challenging than just purchasing an already built home, as you will be bound to make timely payments for the construction. However, the good news is that you can find independent financial advisors that can help you find suitable financing options for the construction of your home.
Set a Realistic Budget
For many people, it’s easy to get carried away in the design process and forget about the cost of new building construction.
It’s necessary to take a look at how much you can afford to pay for the construction of your new home and set a realistic budget accordingly. This will also ensure that you have a budget that can allow you to pay for the design you have in mind.
You should keep in mind the following key aspects when setting a budget.
- The number of bedrooms required.
- Style of your living space.
- Any special feel you want for your home (high-tech, modern or environmentally friendly)
- All necessary amenities.
Despite the design you want for your home, having all these aspects in mind can help you set a realistic budget to build a home according to your plan.
Find a Reliable Architect
It’s important to have an architect that understands your vision and own the skills to turn it into a reality. This is also crucial for the smooth running of your self-build project, mainly as you will be working together for at least 1-2 years.
Talk to different architects, and also speak with their clients about their experiences working with them. You will also want to visit the ongoing project site to know more about the quality of their work.
Only once you know more about them, finalise your decision of picking up a suitable architect.
Prepare the Ground Works
After finalising a home design with the architect, you need to prepare and build foundations.
This involves going to the site, levelling the plot, clear any vegetation, and start preparing foundations.
A lot of times, site preparation and foundation work is performed by the same team, however, this may not be the case every time. So make sure you plan out everything in the initial stages. Further, if your home is going to have a well, it needs to be planned and dug at this point.
Complete Rough Framing
In this phase, floor systems, roof systems are completed according to the set plan. Plywoods and sheathing are then applied to the outside walls. Also, windows, roof, and exterior doors are mounted.
House wrap is then applied to the sheathing that prevents water from getting inside the structure and permits water vapour to escape, which ultimately, reduces the probability of mould and wood rot.
Plumbing Lines and Electrical Wiring Are Installed
After the shell is finished, siding and roofing can be fixed. Meanwhile, your electrical and plumbing contractors can start running pipes and wires through the home interiors.
Sewer lines, water supply lines, and vents are installed. Bathtubs and other large heavy plumbing objects are also fixed because there is more room to move them at this point. At the same time, ductwork is installed for home heating, air-conditioning and ventilation.
Once the roofing goes on, the electrician installs, outlets, lights and switches. He also runs wires from the breaker panel to each receptor. In this phase, wiring for TV, telephones and music system is also completed.
Insulation plays a crucial part in generating a better, more coherent indoor environment while considerably enhancing the energy efficiency of a home.
Depending on your region and overall climatic condition your builder will use suitable insulation for your new home. However, the most common type of insulations includes fibreglass, cellulose and foam mineral wool.
Drywall Completion and Exterior Finishes
Drywall is hung and fastened so that the seams between the boards are not noticeable and the texture of the drywall is achieved.
In the same time, contractors start installing external finishes like bricks, stucco and stone.
Interior Trim Installations
Now the doors, window sills and other decorative trims are installed. Likewise, cabinets, vanities and fireplace mantels are also fixed. The home interiors get a finish coat of paint on the walls and apply wallpaper on the required areas.
Floor Finishing, Mirror Installations and Landscaping
Finally, mirrors, shower doors and carpeting are fixed and final cleaning takes place. While planting of trees, shrubs, and grass are completed for landscaping purposes.
Enjoy Your New Home
Your new home is now constructed and you are ready to move. Enjoy the fruits of hard work you put in its construction.
Some Final Words
Building home is a lengthy process, but if you take each step at a time, the process becomes easy and more enjoyable.
Considering, the money it involves, along with the time and efforts, it’s best to connect with a team of experts to find success in your project.