The Ebb and
Flow of Building a House
construction of a new home has a particular pace, moving from dramatic
progress in the early stages to a more precise and ordered type of activity
as finishes are applied later on. It is important to understand and
appreciate the natural pace of construction in order to manage expectations
and to ensure overall satisfaction.
in the project, the building process shows almost daily progress. As the
foundation goes in and the structural frame rises, the three-dimensional
shape of the house takes shape. Now, the house is tangible, as room sizes
and locations on the floor plans become obvious. After the long planning
and permitting stages, the owners are justifiably excited to see their home
become a reality. Mentally, they begin to unpack and arrange furniture.
the beginning phases of construction happen faster than the finishing
stages. In the beginning, large-dimension components, such as the wall
studs and roof rafters, are assembled into three-dimensional forms. Where
once there was nothing, now there is a room! The electrician, plumber and
heating contractors may also be present to install -- or
"rough-in" -- their respective in-wall systems before the newly
framed areas are filled with insulation and covered over with drywall. The
job site is a hive of activity with major changes every day.
the installation of windows and doors, roofing, and siding materials occur
almost as quickly as the home's foundation and structural frame, resulting
in a nearly finished exterior shell. It is a very encouraging time for
that point, however, the pace begins to slow as the project moves from the
"rough" to the finishing stage. Progress continues but gives way
to more subtle and complex improvements.
the placement of insulation and drywall occurs quickly, producing the shape
of the finished room, the process of taping and texturing the raw surfaces
to make them ready for paint, wallpaper, or other textures is necessarily
slow. A drywall contractor may require a week or more to properly prepare
an entire house. Because of the nature of that work, few other contractors
can work during this phase of the finishing process. Thus, the 'buzz' of
activity of the earlier phases is greatly reduced.
from this point to a home's completion, the various trade contractors that
once worked side-by-side must now operate in sequence. Carpenters, for
instance, install the cabinets and countertops before the appliances and
plumbing fixtures can be connected and finished. Meanwhile, the painting
contractor waits for the trim carpenters to finish before he can cover
their work and that of the drywall crew. And imagine how many faceplates, switch
plates, light fixtures, and other finishes may need to be fastened in place
to complete the electrical system of a large home, not to mention carpeting
and other floor finishes, tile work, and plumbing fixtures.
meticulous rate at which this stage of construction occurs can test the
patience of any homeowner. To help ease any anxiety or mystery, we schedule
frequent opportunities to walk through a new home with our buyers in order
to point out the gradual progress going on in the later stages of construction.
Understanding the pace of homebuilding, from dynamic beginnings to the
precision of completion, helps our owners establish realistic expectations
as they look forward to their completed home.
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