Home Building 101: 7 key stages of building your home
Before you begin your home building journey it is important to understand the stages of building a house.
Developing your new home plans can be an exhausting task, but with adequate research into each stage of the process, you will find yourself breathing easier. Here are 7 key stages to be ready for during the building process, as well as a few tips to help you along the way.
Site preparation for your new house
Preparing a site for a build can sometimes present a hidden cost. This process involves making sure the land is cleared. The builder will need to access whether your property has rock removal or unwanted trees too close to the building envelope creating moisture that will need tree root barrier. Rock removal, import or export of soil and levelling may also be required in the pep for slab stage.
As a part of your building contract it will be required for your property to undergo soil tests organised by the builder and managed by the engineer. Always speak to your builder first rather than organising any testing yourself, as some builders wont work off other engineering reports and it therefore can compromise structural guarantee and that can double in costs for you.
When knocking down and rebuilding, a soil test is required before demolition, and once again afterwards.
Base / Foundation for the construction
The base stage will involve the installation of plumbing and power, as well as the pouring the slab of concrete. This will require a period to sit and ‘cure’ before proceeding with the rest of the building process. This is the most critical part to building, being the foundation for good structure to avoid any movement throughout the home.
Wall frames and roofs will begin to be installed during this phase. You will begin to see your home come to life.
This will involve the implantation of the walls and roofing. Brickwork will be completed, and the dimensions of your home will be ‘locked-up’ to complete the exterior of your new house. This will also involve doors and windows. This phase will also involve bringing in plumbing lines and electrical work – without making the finalised connections.
In the fixing stage the focus will be on the interior of the home. Internal features will be fitted, this includes the plasterboards to walls and ceilings, as well as vanity cabinets, baths, kitchen cabinets, skirting boards, stairs for those building double story homes and so on.
This is really where the functionality comes to life and your a great step further to being ready to move in.
The completion stage will involve all the finishing touches on the frameworks of your home. This will include painting, tiling both inside and outside. Electrical and plumbing fitting will be confirmed and installed, as well as finishing touches such as shower screens for the bathroom. The builder will organise a walkthrough with you to highlight if there is any minor defects to resolve before handover.
At this stage a handover date will be organised once you have a walk-through of the home and are satisfied. This is also where the final progress payment will be made, once you have received the certificate of occupancy.
Handover (Getting the keys!)
It’s been a long journey, but the when the day of handover arrives it’s worth the wait.
Speak to your builder to know how much time you have for maintenance after you move into your home, to cover any problems that may be found with your build. This can vary from builder to builder however it usually sits around the 3 months to allow for time to test functioning items.
It is important for you to check these stages with your specific builder as no one process will end up precisely the same as another.
Also a tip before you move everything in, sometimes with new builds there can be those few pesky spiders and ants so leave a repellant bomb in there the night before move in.