What are the Stages of Building a House?

A Homeowner’s Guide to the Construction Process

If you’ve been thinking about investing in new construction, you’re more than likely wondering how the home-building process works. While there are multiple steps and months’ worth of labor that go into every build, we’ve brought you a simplified guide to the construction process.

Once you’ve completed the engineering and permitting process for building your new home the actual construction of your new home should move seamlessly based on your builder’s projected timeline and their communication with you at every step of the way.  If you have questions about engineering and permitting, read our previous articles here.  

Here are the four primary construction stages of building a house that you need to know before starting your home-building journey.

Stage 1: Site work and foundation

Once all the paperwork is completed and permits issued, the real work begins. First, a crew will install sediment controls and clear the lot within the Limit of Disturbance. Next, if any structural fills are needed, they will be placed, otherwise basement excavation begins.

Then, work can begin on the foundation. To start, footings are prepped, inspected and poured. Then, the wall panels are set, inspected and poured. Once the wall panels have been removed, waterproofing and drain tile installation will be completed along with the groundwork plumbing that is installed under the basement slab. Finally, the basement and garage slabs are prepped, inspected and poured.

Your Timberlake team will be advising you as to the progress of this critical stage via weekly communication. 

Stage 2: Framing and roofing.

After the foundation is in place, it’s time to create an outline of the home. This process is known as framing. It involves using studs, wall plates, and lintels to construct the exterior walls and interior rooms of the home. This framing is used as the base that will support the upper floors, ceilings, and roof.

Next, the roof is put on. First, a crane will set the roof trusses in place. Next, sheets of sheathing are placed in rows and fastened to the framing. After that, flashing is installed to help divert water to the roof’s edge. Finally, underlayment, a waterproofing material, is rolled out to protect the framing, and your covering of choice (i.e. shingles, metal) is put on.

Stage 3: Mechanicals, Plumbing, wiring, and insulation.

Once all that is done, the crew begins working on the home’s systems. This is the point at which HVAC, Plumbing and Electric are installed in that order.

Once all of the above has been installed and inspected, insulation is then put into the home. Insulation is used to help control the climate within your home. It’s put in the exterior walls, attic, and floors to help keep temperature-controlled air from escaping.

Stage 4: Siding, drywall, and installation of finishes.

After the insulation is in place, your team will begin working on your exterior finishes, such as vinyl or Hardie Plank siding and Brick or Stone. At the same time, drywall will be hung and taped off so that you cannot see any of the seams between the sheets of drywall. Once the drywall has been sanded, the interior doors and trim will be installed and painted.

Lastly, all your finishes are installed. For the interior of your home, this includes items like your appliances, cabinets, countertops, vanities, flooring, and fireplace materials. As far as exterior finishes, it means taking care of any final gradings, sodding, landscaping, and paving the driveway.

The bottom line.

Building a home from the ground up is certainly a big undertaking, but our clients tell us time and again what a rewarding process it was for them.  From reviewing your homesite in the very preliminary stages to weekly communication with your sales and project manager to making interior and exterior selections with our in-house designer, Timberlake Homes guides and manages the process from start to stunning reality! 

With over 60 years of experience in building luxury new homes for Maryland and Delaware homeowners, we look forward to exploring your home-building needs and bringing your dream to life!

Ready to get started? Contact us today.