For most people, one’s home is the most comfortable place in the whole world. People tend to buy existing houses because they are hassle-free and much easier to acquire. But building your own house continues to have itscharm. It can be customised exactly to your needs from the get-go, instead of during later home renovations. You don’t need to worry about any hidden issues common with existing homes.So how exactly do you build your own home? Well, let’s take you through the broader steps in building your dream house.
Setting the Foundation
First of all, you need to get all necessary permits from the concerned local departments before you begin. Once done, you need to clear the area of any debris and level the ground. Depending on your home extension ideas, you might need to dig trenches and holes. Once the ground is ready, concrete is poured and left to cure for few days. Now, the foundation of your home is ready.
In this stage, the skeleton of the house is completed. This involves installing the floor system, walls, and roofing. Secondstorey additions, if applicable, are done at this stage. Most modern homes use plywood or OSB sheathings for their frames. The sheathing is then covered with a protective wrap to prevent water from rotting the frame.
Plumbing and Electrical HVAC
Now it is time to add some special features to your dream house. Pipes and wires are added, usually simultaneously, across the house. The plumbing includes adding sewer lines, water supply lines, and vents. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is also installed in the house at this time, usually through the roof. This is followed by roofing, after which the finer electrical connections are made across the house.
Insulation and Fixtures
Insulation ensures that your home maintains a consistent temperature irrespective of the outside climate. Depending upon the region, the insulation materials are fiberglass, cellulose, concrete blocks, spray foam, etc. Your builder or contractor willguide you.
Interior fixtures are installed now. If you are using boards for the walls, drywall is hung to hide the seams. Then the primary coat of paint is applied. Light fixtures, sockets, and switches are installed, as well as HVAC equipment and bathroom fixtures.
Now that the house is almost complete, it is time for the finishing touches. Doors, windowsills, cabinets, countertops, etc. come next. Exterior walkways and driveways (if applicable) are built. Hard surface flooring, usually ceramic or wood, is installed. Then, the final coat of paint is applied. A final walk-through with the builder will help you get further house extension ideas.
House building and house renovations are not the easiest of tasks. It takes time, effort, and dedication. But once done, it becomes your prized and most special place in the whole world.