From design to construction and finally moving in, building your home is an exciting adventure. But for many first-time builders it’s also a daunting experience. It's important to have a good understanding of the process and work with a licensed general contractor who has experience in your area. We hope this guide will help you understand the process of building a new home and what you can expect from start to finish.
Step 1: Find a Licensed General Contractor
Building your first home can be a daunting task and it is important to have the right people on board to ensure that everything runs smoothly. A general contractor is an integral part of the building process as they are responsible for managing the entire project from start to finish. They will oversee all aspects of the construction, from hiring subcontractors and suppliers, to ensuring quality control and meeting deadlines. Having a general contractor on board will help you save time and money, while giving you peace of mind that your project is being handled professionally.
To find Licensed General Contractors that are experienced with new home construction in your area, head to your local NAHB association's website. Remember that not all Licensed General Contractors will be experienced with new home construction so be sure to read reviews on Google, BBB, and check out their website before contacting.
Step 2: Meet with Your Contractor
It is important to ensure that you have all the necessary information before starting the project. The initial consultation with your contractor is essential to make sure that everything runs smoothly. During this meeting, you will discuss important project details such as site location, budget, timeline, design preferences and other requirements. This initial meeting will help you set a clear direction for the project and ensure that all parties involved understand their roles and responsibilities.
Step 3: Financing Your New Home Construction
After you have finalized your budget with your General Contractor, it's time to start looking into financing options that will help you pay for the cost of construction. Your General Contractor will sign a contract for you to take to the bank that includes details like pricing and plans. You can then begin to look at different loan options from various lenders that fit within your budget and timeline. By taking the time to research all of your financing options, you can ensure that you get the best deal possible when it comes to building your dream home. A construction loan is different than a tradition mortgage so be sure to do your research or talk to your local bank to get yourself educated.
Step 4: Permits & Land Prep
Before you can start constructing your dream home, you must first obtain the necessary permits from your local government. You will also need to make sure that your land is properly graded, so that it is ready for construction. This process can be complex and time-consuming, but it is an essential step in building a safe and secure home and is ultimately
the responsibility of the General Contractor. With the right permits and land prep work, you can ensure that your new home will be built on a solid foundation.
Step 5: Foundation & Framing
Theses stages are essential and require careful planning and attention to detail to ensure that the house is stable and secure. The first step in this process is to build the footings. Footings are poured concrete structures with metal rebar that are designed to prevent the house from settling or movement due to ground conditions. Block is then placed on top of the footings to create a strong foundation that will lock into the frame of the house. After we pass inspection, we will move onto the framing phase.The framing includes the floors, walls, and roof systems. It's most peoples favorite stage because it is where you can really start to see your vision come alive in the layout of the house!
Step 6: Interior Prep
After the house is framed and passes inspections, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing will begin installation within the frame of the house. They will come back after drywall and paint is done to complete final work such as the installation of lights, switches, sinks, toilets, thermostats, etc. After drywall and paint is done, flooring and interior trim will be installed as well.
Step 7: Exterior Prep
While the interior is being completed expect exterior work to be going on as well. The siding of your house will largely effect the way it looks on the outside. There are many different types and styles of siding so be sure to explore all options with your general contractor and communicate the look & style you're aiming for with your new home. Once siding is complete you will select paint colors for the exterior and then move onto landscaping
Step 8: Walkthrough & Closing
The final process of building a house involves having a walkthrough with your contractor to ensure that everything is move in ready. This walkthrough will help you make sure that all the details have been taken care of and that nothing needs to be changed or fixed. With this final step completed, you can now enjoy your new home!