Before the project gets underway, your financing should be secured,
your plans should be reviewed, and your home selections should
The size of the home, the complexity of the design, and the
home selections will all have an effect on the length of time
needed to build your home. Typically, construction should take
between 12 to 16 weeks.
The site will be marked out for the excavator to dig the foundation
(slab and/or basement). The concrete contractors will pour footings,
bases for the walls to sit on. The walls are then poured and
the house is ready for the groundwork.
The plumber brings the water and drain lines into the basement.
Once this has passed and inspection, the foundation drainage
tile will be installed and the area prepped for the concrete
floor to be poured. The drainage tile lets exterior water flow
into the sump pit so it can be discharged away from the foundation.
Fill (rock or sand) will be brought in for the basement and
garage floors. The concrete is then poured over the fill and
smoothed out. Once the floors are hardened, the ground can be
backfilled against the foundation to establish rough grade.
The framing package is delivered to the job site. This will
include everything needed to give the house its supporting system
of walls, floors, and roof. The basement bearing walls will
be set in place, and then the first floor joists and subfloor
can be installed. The subfloor is glued and screwed to the joists
to minimize floor squeaks. The exterior walls are put up first.
The interior walls are built on the subfloor and this creates
rooms. Once the interior walls are up, the roof can go on. The
trusses are put in place and the sheathing is applied over the
trusses. Felt paper is laid on the sheathing to start the water
Once the framing is complete, the exterior face can be put on
the house. With the felt paper laid, the roofer can start laying
the shingles on the roof. Installation of doors and windows
will start to make the house weather tight. After doors and
windows are installed the brick mason and/or sider can start
covering the exterior walls. Decks and porches are installed
at this time to complete the exterior improvements.
The rough in stage is when the mechanical trades are brought
in to start installing the plumbing, heating, and electrical.
Usually the plumbers and the HVAC (heating, venting, and air
conditioning) people know what is to be installed and where
it goes in the house. The homeowner will have to meet with the
electrician to discuss electrical needs. The electricians are
bound by the code for the placement of the electrical devices.
When all three trades have had their work pass inspections,
the walls are ready for insulation and drywall.
After the wall insulation is installed the ceilings and walls
can be covered with the drywall. Drywall is the finished wall
product that will be textured and painted. After the ceilings
have been hung, the insulators can come back to install the
ceiling insulation. The ceilings and walls are then textured
and painted. There are different textures and paints available.
The finish stage consists of all the ways to complete the interior
design. I twill start with the installation of some of the flooring
materials. Once the initial floors are installed, cabinets and
the finish millwork can be started. Finish millwork is the doors,
baseboard, casing, crown molding, etc. Once cabinets are installed
the counter tops can be set and ready for the plumber.
Trim work is the final step before the final clean. Trim work
includes the mechanical trades coming back in to put the finishing
touches on all of the rough in items. This would include electrical
fixtures, outlets, switches, plumbing fixtures, and heating
vents and thermostats. Carpet is the final trim items to be
installed once all the trades have finished.
Final clean and final punch list are the last step before ownership.
A punch list is a list of items that need to be addressed or
corrected before the homeowner moves in. Once the punch list
is completed, a cleaning crew can come in and ready the house
for the new owners.
like a simple process, doesn’t it? There are hundreds
of components and various subcontractors to move in and out
of the house before you can move in. Our job at Platinum Series
Homes is to make this a stress free, educational, and enjoyable
experience for you. Preparation is the key to making this project
go smoothly and enjoyable for the homeowner. All the planning
and preparation will be worth the years of enjoyment in your
new home. Regular meetings with your project manager will help
answer questions and help alleviate any worry about the project.
If you have any questions regarding the process, the projects,
or the selections, please don’t hesitate to call us at