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Custom Home Building
Custom Home Advantages: Control and
Location Without a doubt, the number one advantage for
building a custom home is control. With a custom home, you have full
control over the layout, functions and amenities of your new home. Are
you a light sleeper? Then create a custom home that puts your master
suite in the most secluded area of your home; ensuring you the quiet needed for
a good night’s sleep.
When you build your own custom luxury home, you
also have control over your location. Being able to select your exact
location not only allows you to control your commute time and neighborhood
selection, it also allows you to have a say in how your luxury custom home will
sit on your property.
Custom Home Advantages: Upgrade
and Design One of the most exciting advantages that come with
building a luxury custom home is the ability to upgrade on appliances and
materials and incorporate design elements that best reflect your personality
and lifestyle. Do you love to entertain? When you design your own
luxury custom home you can incorporate those chef grade appliances you’ve
always wanted into your kitchen or built in the perfect serving area and bar in
your living room or outdoor patio.
When you custom build your new home you also have the advantage of selecting
the design elements that most match your own personal tastes. If you
crave the look of an Italian villa, then choose flooring and cabinet materials
in your kitchen that will take you back to Old World Italy whenever you walk in
Incorporating the appliance and material upgrades and having the ability to
choose the rich design elements you’ve always wanted are a clear advantage to
Custom Home Advantages: Budget and Value
With a custom built home you are also able to have full control over your
budget. This control has several distinct advantages. First of all,
you only pay for the features you want. With a prebuilt home, there is
typically added expense associated with making changes to the home’s design or
layout prior to move in.
Here's what to expect during the major phases of construction.
Building your new home is exciting, especially when you understand how the
process works. The following overview outlines the typical steps in the
construction of a home and will help keep you abreast of what happens at key
Keep in mind that the homebuilding process may vary from region to region and
builder to builder, especially if you’re building an elaborate custom home. Be
sure to ask your builder about his or her specific policies and procedures. 1. Prepare site and pour foundation:
Often, site preparation and foundation work are performed by the same crew, but
this may not be the case with a wooded lot. Using a backhoe and a bulldozer,
the crew clears the site of rocks, debris and trees for the house and, if
applicable, the septic system. The crew levels the site, puts up wooden forms
to serve as a template for the foundation, and digs the holes and trenches.
Footings (structures where the house interfaces with the earth that supports
it) are installed. If your home is going to have a well, it will be dug at this
If the home has a full basement, the hole is dug, the footings are formed and
poured, and the foundation walls are formed and poured. If it’s slab-on-grade,
the footings are dug, formed and poured; the area between them is leveled and
fitted with utility runs (e.g. plumbing drains and electrical chases); and the
slab is poured.
Once concrete is poured into the holes and trenches, it will need time to cure.
During this period, there will be no activity on the construction site.
After the concrete is cured, the crew applies a waterproofing membrane to the
foundation walls; installs drains, sewer and water taps and any plumbing that
needs to go into the first-floor slab or basement floor; and backfills
excavated dirt into the hole around the foundation wall. INSPECTION #1: Right before the slab is poured, a city inspector visits the site to make sure foundation
components are up to code and installed properly. This inspection may be
repeated depending on the type of foundation (slab, crawl space or basement).
Your builder will then do the first grading of the lot and begin coordinating step 2, the
2. Complete rough framing:
The floor systems, walls and roof systems are completed (collectively known as
the shell or skeleton of the house). Plywood or oriented strand board (OSB)
sheathing is applied to the exterior walls and roof, and windows and exterior
doors are installed. The sheathing is then covered with a protective barrier
known as a house wrap; it prevents liquid water from infiltrating the
structure, while allowing water vapor to escape. This reduces the likelihood of
mold and wood rot.
3. Complete rough plumbing,
electrical and HVAC: Once the shell is finished, siding and roofing can
be installed. At the same time, the electrical and plumbing contractors start
running pipes and wires through the interior walls, ceilings and floors. Sewer
lines and vents, as well as water supply lines for each fixture, are installed.
Bathtubs and one-piece shower/tub units are put in place at this point because
there’s more room to maneuver large, heavy objects.
Ductwork is installed for the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC)
system, and possibly the furnace. HVAC vent pipes are installed through the
roof, and insulation is installed in the floors, walls and ceilings.
After the roofing goes on, the house is considered “dried in.” The electrician
then installs receptacles for outlets, lights and switches and runs wires from
the breaker panel to each receptacle. Wiring for telephones, cable TV and music
systems is included in this work.
Note that HVAC ducts and plumbing are usually installed before wiring, because
it’s easier to run wires around pipes and ducts than vice versa.
INSPECTIONS 2, 3 and 4: Rough
framing, plumbing and electrical and mechanical systems are inspected for
compliance with building codes. Most likely these will be three different
inspections. At the very least, the framing inspection will be conducted
separately from the electrical/mechanical inspections.
At this stage, drywall (also known as plasterboard, wallboard or gypsum board)
is delivered to the building site. Sheetrock®, a registered trademark of USG
Corporation, is sometimes used as a generic term for drywall.
4. Install insulation:
Insulation plays a key role in creating a more comfortable, consistent indoor
climate while significantly improving a home’s energy efficiency. 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 are
insulated in all exterior walls, as well as the attic and any floors that are
located above unfinished basements or crawl spaces.
The most common types of insulation used in new homes are fiberglass, cellulose
and foam. Depending on the region and climate, your builder may also use
mineral wool (otherwise known as rock wool or slag wool); concrete blocks; foam
board or rigid foam; insulating concrete forms (ICFs); sprayed foam; and
structural insulated panels (SIPs). Blanket insulation, which comes in batts
or rolls, is typical in new-home construction. So is loose-fill and
blown-in insulation, which is made of fiberglass, cellulose or mineral-wool
particles. Another insulation option, liquid foam, can be sprayed,
foamed-in-place, injected or poured. While it costs more than traditional batt
insulation, liquid foam has twice the R-value per inch and can fill the
smallest cavities, creating an effective air barrier. Fiberglass and mineral-wool batts and
rolls are usually installed in side walls, attics, floors, crawl spaces,
cathedral ceilings and basements. Manufacturers often attach a facing such as
kraft paper or foil-kraft paper to act as a vapor barrier and/or air barrier.
In areas where the insulation will be left exposed, such as basement walls, the
batts sometimes have a special flame-resistant facing.
5. Complete drywall and interior
textures; start exterior finishes: Drywall is hung and taped so the
seams between the boards aren’t visible, and drywall texturing (if applicable)
is completed. The primer coat of paint is also applied after taping is
complete. Contractors begin installing exterior finishes such as brick, stucco,
stone and siding.
6. Finish interior trim;
install exterior driveways and walkways: Interior doors, baseboards, door
casings, window sills, moldings, stair balusters and other decorative trim are
installed, along with cabinets, vanities and fireplace mantels and surrounds.
Walls get a finish coat of paint and are wallpapered where applicable.
Generally, exterior driveways, walkways and patios are formed at this stage.
Many builders prefer to wait until the end of the project before pouring the
driveway because heavy equipment (such as a drywall delivery truck) can damage
concrete. But some builders pour the driveway as soon as the foundation is
completed so that when homeowners visit the construction site, they won’t get
their shoes muddy.
7. Install hard-surface flooring and
countertops; complete exterior grading: Ceramic tile, vinyl and wood
flooring are installed as well as countertops. Exterior finish grading is
completed to ensure proper drainage away from the home and prepare the yard for
8. Finish mechanical trims;
install bathroom fixtures: Light fixtures, outlets and switches are installed
and the electrical panel is completed. HVAC equipment is installed and
registers completed. Sinks, toilets and faucets are put in place.
9. Install mirrors, shower doors and
finish flooring; finish exterior landscaping: Mirrors, shower doors and
carpeting are installed, and final cleanup takes place. Trees, shrubs and grass
are planted and other exterior landscaping completed.
INSPECTION #5: A building-code
official completes a final inspection and issues a certificate of occupancy
(C.O.). If any defects are found during this inspection, a follow-up inspection
may be scheduled to ensure that they’ve been corrected.
10. Final walkthrough:MWW RENOVATIONS will walk you through
your new home to acquaint you with its features and the operation of various
systems and components, and explain your responsibilities for maintenance and
upkeep as well as warranty coverage and procedures. This is often referred to
as a pre-settlement walkthrough. It’s also an opportunity to spot items that
need to be corrected or adjusted, so be attentive and observant. Examine the surfaces
of countertops, fixtures, floors and walls for possible damage. Sometimes
disputes arise because the homeowner discovers a gouge in a countertop after
move-in, and there’s is no way to prove whether it was caused by the builder’s
crew or the homeowner’s movers.
A Few Words about Inspections: Your new
home will be inspected periodically during the course of construction. In
addition to mandated inspections for code compliance, MWW RENOVATIONSconducts quality checks at critical points in
the process. The idea is to catch as many potential problems as possible
before construction is finished, though some issues may not surface until
you’ve lived in the home for a period of time.