Whether you are building a new home for the first time or have experienced the process previously, Deveraux finds it important to outline the various steps of building a home. It is a complex series of activities and to help our clients better understand a new home build we offer the information below.
Once the terms of the new home purchase are reached, our Deveraux team gets busy planning the various phases of construction. The first steps are to prepare the site, lay the foundation, and begin construction the main structure or shell of the home. Theses processes are overseen by a professional Project Manager assigned to each build.
In consult with an engineer and survey team we prepare the lot for the build. It is graded to suit the style of home, the property lines are marked and the basement is dug. Our team supervises this process to ensure the home is properly positioned on the lot and that the grade is appropriate.
We know that a quality foundation is critical to the integrity and longevity of a home. With this in mind, we take extra care in ensuring the foundation is set properly. Using top quality trades people and premium product, the forms are set and the foundation is poured. Once the concrete has cured for the appropriate period, the form boards are removed and the exterior walls of the home can begin to go up.
On top of the foundation our team builds a sub floor that forms the floor for the main level of the home. On top of the sub floor go the exterior walls. As the structure takes shape, the walls go up and then the roof goes on. To reach what we refer to as ‘lock up’, the roof is shingled and the exterior doors and windows are installed. At this point, the home is secure and work begins on the interior of the home installing utilities like plumbing and electrical.
The mechanical features of the home are installed after lock up. Specifically, the plumbing, electrical, ventilation and heating/cooling systems are worked on by the respective trades people and coordinated by our Project Manager. These utilities are important features and clients can be assured that they will be consulted on the specifics of the installation during the planning and design process.
The electrical plan for the home is represented in the main schematic drawings. The position of certain features like wall sockets, lights and light switches, and AV source points will be placed by the draftsman after consult with the client and sales consultant. To ensure that all of these electrical features are properly positioned in the home, our Deveraux sales consultant will arrange for an ‘Electrical Walkthrough’ with the Project Manager and Electrician. Any changes to the electrical plan can be discussed and decided upon at this time.
Before the basement floor concrete is poured, the rough in plumbing is installed. At this time, the main water and sewer pipes are also run to connect with the municipal lines. As the interior walls of the home are framed, plumbing lines are run throughout the home and capped. It will not be until later in the building process when fixtures like faucets and toilets are installed.
In concert with the electrical and plumbing installation, the sub trades will install the furnace, air conditioner (if applicable) and ventilation system throughout the home. Dependent upon the time of year at which the home is built, we may turn on the heat to ensure that certain finishing work can continue on the interior of the home.
The exterior of the home can be worked on as the mechanical features of the home are being installed on the interior. Dependent upon the selected exterior finishing materials there are different preparation and installation steps. These will all be coordinated and overseen by our Project Manager.
Common materials used for exterior walls include stucco, siding, stone, and brick. Some of these products are used as the main wall covering, while others are used as accents. Regardless of the product used, each home is wrapped in weather resistant materials to withstand the variations in temperature and any outside moisture. All clients are consulted on the exterior design and will be tasked with picking out materials – both product and color.
These products are installed to ensure that the home has proper natural ventilation and is protected from the elements. While there are some minor variations in the products used, the primary decision for a new homeowner is the colour of soffit, facia and eaves.
With the shell of the home complete and the utilities installed, work will begin to finish the interior of the home. The first step is to drywall the walls and ceiling and then follow up with a series of interior finishes that help the home take shape. Each of these finishes are completed by established and reputable trades people that use premium products.
You will see the home take shape with the installation and completion of the following design elements:
- Plumbing and lighting fixtures
The home handover is the final part of the home building process. It is at this point that we transfer legal title of the home to the client. It is also the time that the new homeowner will get the keys and do a walkthrough with members of our Deveraux team. Our team is committed to ensuring that homeowners are satisfied and will ensure that a service program is in place.