I’d like to announce a series of posts that I’ll be doing over the next few months: Total House Construction Series – Foundation to Finish. Over the next several months I’ll document the construction of a new home from the foundation all the way to the finished product.
When we built our new home I didn’t completely document all the phases with sufficient photos to do a complete series. However, we’re getting ready to build a new 2,400 sq. ft. ranch style home soon at work so I’ll share that construction with you.
The new home will have some energy efficient details and smart home features that are sure to spark your curiosity. Some of the details that I hope to cover in this series are:
- Site work and preparation – site excavation, septic installation and basic drainage details.
- Foundation construction – construction of a concrete full depth basement including a walkout.
- 1st floor deck construction – framing the first floor deck with engineered lumber products and water resistant sheathing.
- Wall construction – erection of pre-fabricated and site built walls.
- Roof construction – erection of pre-fabricated roof trusses, roof sheathing and asphalt roofing system.
- Exterior trim and siding – installation of vinyl siding and vinyl trim details.
- HVAC – installation of high efficiency boiler system, general plumbing and high velocity A/C.
- Electrical – rough wiring, installation of smart home technology and finished electrical products.
- Insulation – Installation of dense packed cellulose insulation in the wall and loose cellulose in the ceiling space.
- Drywall – Installation of drywall systems.
- Finish carpentry – installation of cabinetry, door and window trim and misc. finish carpentry details.
- Flooring – flooring installation and options.
- Painting – painting systems and methods.
I’m sure there will be many construction activities, details and procedures that I’ll be following in this series. I hope this series on Total House Construction will give you insight into the process of having a new home built. It is my hope that you’ll better understand the time frame needed and the intricacy of all the trades working together in order to deliver a project on time. I welcome you questions and feedback at the project moves forward.