Stages Of Building A New Home Understanding what to expect from your to-be-built or custom-built new home can alleviate stress and worry.

1. Site Preparation & Foundation: Clear the site, level the ground, and install footings for the foundation. If a basement is designed, dig, form, and pour the foundation walls. Conduct an inspection to ensure compliance with codes before moving to the next stage.

2. Rough Framing: Complete floor, walls, and roof systems. Apply sheathing, house wrap, and install windows and doors. Protect the structure from water infiltration. This sets the foundation for the subsequent phases.

3. Rough Plumbing, Electrical & HVAC: Install plumbing, electrical wiring, and HVAC systems within the interior walls. Conduct inspections for framing, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems compliance with building codes.

4. Insulation: Insulate exterior walls, attics, and floors for energy efficiency and a consistent indoor climate.

5. Drywall & Interior Finishes: Hang and tape drywall, apply primer, and start installing exterior finishes. Interior trim, doors, cabinets, and decorative elements are added. Inspections are conducted for compliance.

6. Exterior Driveways & Walkways; Interior Finishes: Form driveways and walkways. Install hard-surface flooring, countertops, and complete exterior grading. Finish mechanical trims, install bath fixtures, lighting, and HVAC equipment. Conduct a final inspection and issue a certificate of occupancy.

7. Final Walkthrough: Builder walks you through the home, explaining features, systems, and maintenance responsibilities. Identify any corrections or adjustments needed. Examine the surfaces of countertops, fixtures, floors, and walls for possible damage that can be documented and/or repaired prior to move-in.