Isabella Di Fabio process of building a house

Here's what to expect during the major construction phases. Tokyo / Japan / 2021

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Isabella Di Fabio Building your new home is exciting, especially when you understand how the process works. The following summary outlines the typical steps your builder will take to build your home, and will help you stay up-to-date on what is happening in the key stages.


Remember that the process of building a home can vary from region to region and builder to builder, especially if you are building an elaborate home made to suit your needs. Be sure to ask your builder about their specific policies and procedures.


1. Preparation of the ground and foundations.
Site preparation and foundation work are often done by the same team, but this may not be the case if it is a wooded terrain. Using a backhoe and bulldozer, the team clears the terrain of rocks, debris, and trees to build the house, and takes care of the septic system if necessary. The team levels the ground, places the wooden formwork that serves as a template for the foundation, and digs the holes and trenches. The bases are installed (structures that serve as an interface between the house and the land on which it rests). If your home is going to have a well, it will be dug at this stage.


2. Complete thick work structure.
The systems of floors, walls and ceilings (known collectively as the shell or skeleton of the house) are made. Plywood sheathing or oriented strand board (OSB) is attached to exterior walls and roof, and exterior windows and doors are installed. The cladding is lined with a protective barrier known as a home insulation, which prevents liquid water from seeping into the structure, but allows water vapor to escape. This reduces the chances of mold and rotting of the wood.


3. Complete heavy duty plumbing, electrical and HVAC installation.
Isabella Di Fabio Once the framework or skeleton has been completed, the siding and ceilings can be installed. At the same time, plumbing and electrical contractors begin to run pipes and wiring through interior walls, ceilings, and floors. Drain and vent lines are installed, as well as water supply lines for each appliance. Units such as tubs or bathtubs and showers are put into place at this stage, because there is more room to maneuver with large and heavy objects.


4. Installation of insulation.
Insulation plays a key role in creating a more comfortable and consistent indoor climate while significantly improving the energy efficiency of the home. One of the most important qualities of insulation is its thermal performance or R-value, which indicates how well the material resists heat transfer. Most homes have insulation on all outside walls, as well as the attic and any floors that are located above unfinished basements or crawl spaces.


5. Completion of the installation of gypsum sheets and interior textures; start of exterior finishes.
The plaster sheets are hung and taped so that the joints between them are not visible, and then the texturing work is finished (as appropriate). The base paint layer is also placed, after finishing the adhesive tape. Contractors begin to install exterior trim items, such as brick, stucco, stone, or siding.


6. Completion of the interior details; access roads and exterior roads are installed.
Isabella Di Fabio Interior doors, baseboards, door frames, window frames, trim, stair balusters, and other decorative items are installed, along with cabinets, dressers, and mantels for fireplaces and others. The walls are given the final coat of paint and wallpaper is placed, if applicable.

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    Isabella Di Fabio Building your new home is exciting, especially when you understand how the process works. The following summary outlines the typical steps your builder will take to build your home, and will help you stay up-to-date on what is happening in the key stages. Remember that the process of building a home can vary from region to region and builder to builder, especially if you are building an elaborate home made to suit your needs. Be sure to ask your builder about their specific...

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    • Work started in 2020
    • Work finished in 2021
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