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The home-building journey: Have you ever thought about how your dream home is made?May 25, 2020
The home of your dreams is a construction project that many professionals worked on together, especially custom homes. It starts with an idea, knowing what the customers want, and then dedicating all effort towards making that idea a reality.
Are you curious how this process happens? Let’s take a step-by-step journey into how your dream home is built.
It all starts with ideas.
Of course, any project begins with concepts and the drawing board. Custom homes come best with input from the client through consistent, detailed, and friendly yet professional communication. It is paramount to any home builder who builds custom houses to be accurate with what the client desires.
In this stage, the construction firm also starts establishing a great relationship with the customer. Buyers should only deal with trustworthy builders to ensure their investment is in good hands.
Communicating effectively enables the two parties to build the project together. Here, the prospective buyer gives an idea of what he or she wants in the final product, and they negotiate what features can be included in the design.
The contractor then employs the services of skilled architects, engineers, and other professionals to create the home plans.
With their combined know-how and years of experience, the blueprints are drawn and technical plans are laid out, making sure that the math and creative design fit in with each other.
This stage can take anywhere from a week to a month or more depending on how quickly the customer and the home builder can agree on the design and other necessary terms of agreement.
As soon as the project negotiations begin, the other departments of the firm also start their tasks. They offer the customer specific sites where the customer can choose to customise a pre-built structure for remodelling or build one from scratch in a proposed lot or area that the company has properties in or do project management for.
Once the tasks are assigned, the architect and related workers also evaluate the lot’s specifics like soil condition, building code for the area or zone, and drainage systems.
They also assign relevant personnel such as planners and finance associates to arrange the project timeline, pricing and payment scheme, and prepare the necessary paperwork.
What documents should be included in this phase that the contractor must prepare?
Warranty – This is one of the most important documents that a construction firm should prepare first and a buyer should be aware of. This paper serves as a guarantee for the buyer should there be defects in the project or other important aspects in the agreement that were not meant by the builder.
Public liability and construction works insurance – This paper on the other hand covers risks related to accidents, physical loss, or physical damage, third-party liabilities, and more.
Site inspection and site survey reports – Before construction, the contractor guarantees that the site where your house will be erected is certified safe with inspection and safety surveys done by licensed engineers. They will prepare their findings and this document should be available for viewing by the buyer.
Architectural plans – As mentioned in the first phase, the builder will ready the layout, blueprints, and all the needed plans for the project which will be the basis for the engineer and construction leaders. The buyer should also have access to these plans for transparency.
Certificates and permits – Compliance with local and international standards is a must for any firm doing business in real estate and house construction. There are many construction certificates that the firm needs to pass, such as DA and CDC approvals, as well as local certifications such as water submission documents for projects in Sydney.
The next part of the pre-production phase deals with the house itself, starting with choosing the right materials. Reputable home builders only use the best materials available, balancing costs with quality, selecting good brands with the right products for the project.
This includes everything from bricks, rebars, and blocks that will make up the bulk of the house, wood and metal parts, windows and fittings, and more. Some parts will be bought and taken to the site while construction is on-going, and some are prepared ahead.
This process can take from a month or more depending on how swiftly the customer can submit requirements from their end, as well as the construction firm in dealing with the paperwork with authorities and purchases needed from suppliers.
Once these are mostly prepared or on-going, construction proper can begin.
The construction proper begins by first laying down the foundations for the house. The lot is cleared and excavated, ensuring that there will be no obstacles to damage or hinder the building process.
In this stage the foundation is set first, pouring in and constructing the basements (if any), garage floors, and insulation. Pipes and waste outlets are also laid in.
Next to laying down the foundation begins the framing setup. You’ll begin to see the basic framework of the house come up at this stage. The exterior walls, the roof, and even the interior floors and walls are framed as well as trusses. Depending on the complexity of the design, this stage can take around two weeks.
You may see this as the part where scaffolding is set up so that workers can move around to install parts, beginning with the beams, metal rebars, and then on to pouring in concrete.
After framing, the exterior and interior parts follow, built brick by brick or poured in, and all accessory components such as electrical, gas, and water systems are simultaneously finished. Flooring, plastering, drywall process, and basic finishing is also applied.
In line with sustainability and environmental protection, green home construction features are also included at this stage such as solar panels, measures to save on light using daylight, power-saving devices, and more.
Outdoor facilities are also fabricated at this stage such as swimming pools, setting up of greens and constructing pathways, and outdoor installations such as lampposts, gazebos, birdbaths, and fences and gates (as needed).
Once these are done, the house is now about 60% built. At this stage, the construction firm may call on the buyer to come and take an inspection trip to the project, assuring them that the process is going on smoothly and will be finished on time to the proposed delivery date.
By this time, the customer must have deposited a certain amount as down payment for the project. The building time for the exterior and interior parts may vary on the availability, procurement, and delivery of materials, the skills of the workers, and proper budgeting.
You may think the rest will be easy from here, but the next step is more complicated than it seems. The final stage, finishing, can take much longer.
The final stage: Finishing and turnover
The last phase of construction is finishing, which includes everything else that will complete the project, your new home. This takes time to finish and depends on the design or if renovations have to be done first according to the customer’s liking, or if it is allowed in the contract.
Finishing usually begins with the floors and walls. All rooms that require the installation of tiles, ceramics, and wood will need to be water-proofed first before the finishing material is installed in them. Along with these come the installation of power outlets, lighting, and air conditioning units.
Motorised features such as garage doors, power windows, and sprinkler systems are also mounted after the floors and walls have been completed.
Simultaneously or a bit afterwards, other devices and features are fitted such as faucets, mirrors, shower heads, water heaters, and accessory racks in bathrooms; racks, cabinets, sinks, ranges and hoods in kitchens as well.
Security features are also installed at this stage, such as smoke and fire detectors, motion sensors, locks and electronic security measures.
Along with these features are fittings for bedroom closets and wardrobes, and indoor decorations and aesthetic elements such as alcove décor, trimmings, wallpapers, and more.
The finishing phase could take about a week to a month, again depending on the complexity of the design or number of inclusions that need to be installed. The house will then be turned over to the customer after a confirmation process and granting of ownership to the buyer.
Home building is a huge investment that needs the best of work from professionals. After all, you and your loved ones will live in it for an indefinite number of years, so it is a necessity to make sure you know the process of house construction.
Investing in reliable residential builders such as the BuildQ Group gives you peace of mind and true client’s delight with their exceptional services. You’ll be sure you get a completely transparent and satisfactory process as you watch your new home built to your liking.
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