As any full service design/build company would tell you, every new home construction has to start with a solid foundation. The condition of the chosen lot will greatly affect the placement of your home. And with numerous considerations like topography, well and septic tank location, distance to utility lines, location of trees, exposure to the sun, and more, you will certainly be thankful for some professional help.
That doesn’t mean, however, that you don’t have to be familiar with the process of site preparation, particularly if you want to be more involved with the construction of your dream home.
Before you hear the engines of the bulldozers and backhoes running, professionals start with a process known as “rough staking”. This is when the survey the lot, locate property lines and take note of certain land elements like trees that might have to be removed.
Clearing and Excavation
During this part of the building process, things that could get in the way of construction will be removed through the use of bulldozers and other specialized equipment. But, it’s important to note beforehand how the debris will be disposed, something you can discuss with your builder. Once all the rubbish has been cleared, excavation can then begin, particularly for homes that will have basements.
After excavation and the land has been prepped, your builders start laying down foundation. Footings and foundation walls will be formed and poured. Slab will also be poured over holes and trenches. It’s also a good idea to pour the concrete on driveways at the same time the slab is poured to reduce the time it takes to cure both. After which, activity on the site would cease to help everything settle down.
Setting Up Plumbing
Once the concrete is cured, waterproofing membrane will be applied to the foundation. At this point, your builders will set up the house’s plumbing by installing drains, sewers, water taps, and basically address any plumbing need for the basement and the first floor of the house.
Inspecting the Site
Of course, before actual construction starts, the site needs to be inspected one last time so that everything the builders have done are up to the standards set. This is usually done by a city inspector.
Remember that this is just a starting point for building your new home, and there other steps to take like architecture, design, construction, and even landscaping. Don’t hesitate to call in the experts to help ease you into the process. Starco Realty & Construction offers free consultation!
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