Most people buy existing homes for a number of reasons – moving out, reasonable market price, less maintenance, and lower repair costs, among others. But if you want more control when it comes to customisation and building envelope, choose a new home instead of an existing one. So, what does the process of building a new home entail? How do you deal with new homebuilders in Townsville or any other city? The building process may differ from area to area depending on weather conditions, among other factors. Talk to the builder to get some ideas.
Cougar Homes offer the following pointers to keep in mind to understand what the process is all about and the costs involved in getting a new home:
Preparing the site and laying the foundation
Every Townsville builder has to go though the same process of clearing a site. The same crew may perform these two tasks. Space has to be allotted for the plumbing as well. When the concrete is poured, waterproofing feature is added to the foundation walls, drains, sewer lines, and taps. Building inspectors have to verify that the job was done properly before construction can proceed.
The next step is to make sure that the floor, walls, and roof are properly installed. Plywood sheaths are put up to make exterior walls and the roof, followed by the windows and doors. Sheathing is covered with a wrap to prevent water from penetrating the structure and to reduce wood rot and mould.
Plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems
Once the shell is completed, roofing and siding are installed at the same time. New homebuilders may have a separate crew to take care of the plumbing or electrical work. They may also work with local contractors. Builders should also install pipes, sewer lines, vents, water supply lines, bathtubs, sinks and other fixtures. Also, ductwork is put in place to make sure that the home can be heated or cooled. Furnaces, HVAC pipes, and insulation are all installed where needed, along with electrical outlets and wiring, light switches, and breakers, among others. Afterwards, they should undergo tests to see if they’re functioning.
After this stage, insulation and drywall are installed to make sure that the home is energy efficient. Insulation is required in walls, attics, and flooring to make the interior protected. Fibreglass, foam, and cellulose are the most common types of insulation used.
Exterior and Interior Finishes
Primers and paint are applied while trim, baseboards, windowsills, decorative trim, and mouldings are installed. Exterior work includes completing driveways and walkways and completing all the landscaping.
Inspections are done to make sure that homebuilders meet building codes. Homeowners do a final walk through before they take possession of their new home.