The Construction Sequence
Although the specific sequence of construction steps varies and overlaps, generally we build your home in the following order: ▪ Survey
▪ Sewer & Water
▪ Plan Commission
▪ Building Department
▪ Form and pour walls
▪ Perimeter drain
▪ Ground rough plumbing
▪ Basement/Crawl space floors
▪ Garage Floor
▪ Back Fill
▪ Rough-in of mechanical systems
▪ HVAC (heating, fireplace ventilating, and air conditioning) ▪ Plumbing
▪ Electrical (extra outlets need to be installed at this point) ▪ Cable and phone outlets
▪ Rough inspections
▪ Stone or brick, if applicable
▪ Deck, if applicable
▪ Prime Walls (Paint Walls if using pre-stained trim) & Paint Ceilings ▪ Hardwood floors
▪ Interior trim
▪ Baseboards, casings, other details
▪ Finish work
▪ Sand and coat hardwood floors
▪ Paint Finish Work and Stain
▪ Trim Fixtures
▪ Light fixtures
▪ Plumbing fixtures
▪ Registers and air conditioner
▪ Mirrors and shower doors
▪ Final coat hardwood floor
▪ Builder's punch list
▪ Final cleaning
▪ Homeowner orientation
▪ Certificate of occupancy
▪ Home maintenance
A Description Break Down Of The Construction Sequence
1.) Staking the lot and house: (1 day)
The home should be positioned first on a plat of the lot, then that position should be staked on site by a surveyor or footing contractor.
2.) Permits: (varies for each area)
Apply for permits with all local building agencies.
3.) Clearing and Excavation: (3 days)
Clearing the lot is what the title implies -- clearing trees, brush, rocks, roots, and debris from where the house will sit and usually ten feet around the site allowing space for tractors and trucks working at the site. Some or all of the dirt removed from the basement might be put out of the way for later backfilling and landscaping.
4.) Utilities Hookup: (1 day)
The builder arranges for temporary electrical panel box. The water excess will be the plumber’s responsibility. If you are in an area that requires septic systems, the County inspectors may be required by code to determine the location of these.
5.) Footing: (1 day)
The footing is the base of a structure. It is a mass of concrete supporting the foundation of the house. It can be poured into wooden forms or in trenches. It must be below the frost line or it will heave when the ground thaws and freezes. The footing is done according to local code in this area and is one of the many things that is inspected by the inspectors. The inspector usually checks the location of the footing to make certain they are deep enough and resting on undisturbed earth. The footing is probably the most important part of the house. If it settles or moves so will your house. If it is not done according to the dimensions of your plans, you either have to change the plans or accommodate the footing or do the footing over.
6.) Foundations: (1 week)
The foundation wall for any type house needs to be high enough so that water will be diverted away from the house by the final grade of the soil around the house. It must also be...
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