"Under construction" – the more you know the better
Feeling a bit nervous at the thought of building a new home? You are not alone. One thing I always hear from our customers is the more you know about the home building process, the more enjoyable your experience is likely to be. So here’s my quick summary of the 3 main stages of the construction process:
1. Laying the foundation to your dream - This stage is all about clearing the site, doing some tests on the soil and getting the ground ready to lay the slab. Basically this is the first time you get to see where your house will sit, how big it will be and what views you will have. The aim? Strong, square and dry. It is here that your site costs will be determined. This is not a good place to try and save money, a home is only as good as the foundation on which it rests. (Approx 3 – 6 weeks).
2. Framing: Your house gets walls, roofs and windows and a bunch of other cool stuff - For many this is the most exciting stage because when the crew is finished, you will be able to take your first walk around your new house. A great moment. You will also see a bunch of trades around during this stage, installing the inner workings of your house – plumbing, heating, air-conditioning, lighting, security systems, tv and phone cabling, computer networks etc... Things may appear to slow down at this point but trust me, there is a lot going on. (Approx 6 – 10 weeks).
3. Interior and exterior finishes – After lockup and an independent quality inspection, its time to install all internal fittings and fixtures, finish the walls, install the doors and trim, put down the flooring, and basically cover everything that doesn’t move with either paper, plastic or paint. There will also be work going on outside to protect the house from the elements. (Approx 4 - 6 weeks).
Alright! Everything is finished. Now you can finally relax and enjoy or new home!
I hope that helped a bit. If you want the detail, I would also look at the Procedure of Purchase booklet, which covers the above in more detail. You can also speak to your site supervisor or customer service administrator who will be happy to answer every question you have.
Alternatively please feel comfortable sending us your specific comments, questions, suggestions, or requests. We know how overwhelming the process can be at times.
Good luck with your project, and have fun building!