The building process in constructing custom homes can be very mysterious, especially if you have never ventured into the home building process. If you are thinking of building a custom home, you will most likely want to know what your expectation should be from the process. That’s why we have listed the 10 main steps that are involved when it comes to building a quality custom home. From the beginning to the end, here are what you can expect from the building process with Dawol Homes.
Steps in Custom Home Building
Planning and Design
As you would expect, you are involved in the first phase of the home building process. It is your responsibility to decide on the design and features of your home, and it is your builder’s or contractor’s job to make sure that your dream becomes a reality. The primary step in the home building process is creating an initial design. A great custom home builder will talk to you about your vision to ensure they know exactly what it is that you are searching for.
Permits and Approvals
After nailing down the appearance of your home and where you want to build it, the next thing you need to do is to obtain the needed permits and approvals. The custom home builder that you hired will be responsible for submitting all of the pertinent details to building officials in your location to ensure that the different aspects of your new house have been carefully considered. Things such as the construction plan, site plan, energy analysis, HVAC design, as well as roof loading information need to be approved before your builder can start construction. Once your builder comes back with the correct approvals and permits, you are all set.
The third phase is the excavation process. Anything on the building site, including the debris, rocks, and trees, will be cleared by an excavation crew. They will also level the ground as well as dig the hole that’s required for your foundation. You will be surprised at how much dirt comes out of the hole needed for the foundation. When you have city water and sewer, the crew will be responsible for tapping into them and running lines to the location where they will connect.
Once the excavation on the site is finished, pouring concrete is the next thing to do. Forming and pouring the footings for your home’s crawl space walls are the foundation crew’s first actions. After that, they will set in place the aluminum forms using rebar and then pour the walls. Once that is done, the underground plumbing will then be dealt with and once that is done, the floors come next. After pouring the concrete, all things must be set to make sure the concrete will cure. The curing time duration differs by temperature and project. During the winter season, your hired crew leaves the concrete to cure for at least a couple of weeks. However, this curing time length is reduced to about a week in certain situations during the summer.
Framing involves all the main components of your house that will go up next. If you have noticed homes being constructed in the past, this is when they begin to look like a skeleton of the house – wall structures, floor systems, supports, and roof systems will all be finished at this phase of the building process. At this point, your house will begin to look like a house.
Mechanical And Installation
Once the structure of your house is set in place, the next thing to do is to start getting the technical parts going. General contractors such as Dawol Homes will set up the plumbing, electrical systems, and your HVAC system. Your crew will also be working on your home’s exterior. They will install the actual roof, siding, and other exterior finishes.
After putting in the most critical components of the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems, the custom home builder can begin the drywall installation to conceal the wires that are running through the walls. Before putting the drywall in, they need to be sure that every component of your home has good insulation. When you have the drywall and insulation up, your building project will look like the house you have always dreamed of. You will see the outlines of the different parts of your home, like your room. At this point, it will also be easier for you to imagine yourself living in your new custom home.
After taking care of the walls and exterior finishes, the next thing to do is make your home’s interior beautiful. At this phase of the building process, the crew of your custom home builder will set up all interior finishes, ranging from the cabinets to the baseboards. You will begin noticing the crown molding that you have always wanted and the mantel on top of the fireplace. Your walls will get that last coat of paint, and the backsplash will be installed.
After installing all of the big items like shower doors, lighting fixtures, carpeting, and so on, your custom home builder will go over a “punch list” with you. It acts like a checklist that helps your home builder remember all minor and often forgotten details like the outlet covers and door handles. Be sure to mention anything that your builder might have forgotten or those that do not look right so they can take care of it before they complete the construction of your home.
Once you finish the punch list, the final walkthrough is the last thing you need to do with your custom home builder in Myrtle Beach. This is when your builder will explain the warranties on the fixtures or appliances and inform you of your responsibilities when it comes to maintaining your home. This is your last opportunity to point out anything about your Myrtle Beach custom home that does not look right for you. So be sure to give everything a good look.
If you want to know more about custom home builders, please get in touch with Dawol Homes.
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9404 Hwy 17 Bypass,
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Dawol Homes Sales Office
3100 Dick Pond Rd # E
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
We build homes in: Cypress River Plantation, Waterway Palms, Waterbridge, Murrells Inlet, Collins Creek, Bellwood Landing, Carolina Forest, Plantation Lakes, North Myrtle Beach, Socastee, Surfside Beach, Pawleys Island, Litchfield Plantation