Building a House
A lot of work goes into planning and building a house.
How does an empty lot become a beautiful home?
Click the icons below to learn about each step of new home construction.
Edgewise ensures every construction project is properly licensed and permitted, but the planning process is much more than paperwork. During the planning stage, architects, designers, and builders work together to finalize a project plan. They’ll share specifications, review the schedule, and link supply chains so all the moving pieces of a construction job fluidly interlock for a smooth kick-off.
At this stage, the project’s builders prepare the site for construction. If there’s an existing structure, it will be safely demolished. Then all shrubbery will be removed, the site will be surveyed, and a temporary fence installed. Site signage is also put up, displaying all the licenses and permits required on an active construction site.
A proper foundation does more than hold up a house. It also keeps out moisture and insulates against the cold. But a good foundation requires much more than digging a hole and pouring concrete. At this stage, builders tailor each foundation to its home, taking into account soil conditions, water tables, and backfill material.
A new home begins to take shape during the framing stage. Builders use fire-rated lumber to erect walls, contour rooms, and construct the “bones” of a house.
A good building envelope ensures the interior of a home stays comfortable in all types of weather. It consists of the home’s roof, subfloors, and windows, plus exterior doors and walls. Builders ensure a tight, structurally sound envelope is constructed that conserves energy, saves money, and is aesthetically pleasing.
To “rough in” the mechanicals, electrical and plumbing means that the project’s contractors lay all HVAC, electric, gas and water lines without making final connections. Covering materials – such as walls, ceilings and flooring – are not yet in place. This allows a city inspector to examine the installations so that a building permit may be finalized.
At this stage, a home’s interior starts to take its final form. The project’s builders hang drywall throughout the home and install cement board for tiled surfaces.
A home’s finishes include all interior surface materials and decorative fixtures. Each room comes to life as a reflection of a homeowner’s unique tastes and personality. In fact, Edgewise buyers have the option to personalize many of their home’s interior materials, like floors, tiling and more.
At this stage, the finishing touches are added to each home. Roughed-in MEP lines are linked to their appliances and tested. Then, once each system passes an internal audit, Edgewise buyers have the option of touring their home for a final inspection.
The new home is now complete and ready for its buyer. Each homeowner will receive a certificate of occupancy, demarcating the official move-in date for mortgage, tax and insurance purposes.
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