The Construction

By, Zander Eggers


The Steps

Prepare Site

The first step is to prepare the site and to pour the foundation. The crew removes trees, rocks, debris, and in our case, green top. They then pour the foundation.

Rough Framing

Once the foundation is dry, the skeleton of the house goes up. The builders put plywood or oriented strand board sheathing on the exterior walls and roof. Windows and exterior doors are installed.

Rough Plumbing, Electrical and HVAC

Next, the plumbing, electrical and HVAC are installed.  The siding and roofing is applied. 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

Insulation

After the plumbing and electrical is in the walls insulation is installed. Insulation makes the addition more comfortable.

Drywall and Interior Textures

Next, Drywall is hung. Contractors begin installing exterior finishes such as brick, stucco, stone and siding.

Interior Trim

After Drywall comes the interior trim. Interior doors, baseboards, door casings, window sills, moldings, stair balusters and other decorative trim are installed.

Mechanical Trims

Next, 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.

Final Walkthrough

The contractor walks through for the final time to ensure everything is correct.

Glossary

HVAC - heating, ventilation, and air conditioning

oriented strand board sheathing - also known as OSB is a material with high mechanical                                                             properties that make it particularly suitable for load-                                                                     bearing applications in construction. The most common                                                                uses are as sheathing in walls, flooring, and roof                                                                              decking.

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