The benefits of a custom home built to your specifications are endless, but sometimes the timeline and process can seem daunting. Here’s what goes into a typical new home construction job.

Site prep.

Depending on the current state of the building site, it may need to be cleared of trees, rocks, and other shrubs. Once that’s done, the ground will need to be level in preparation for the foundation. Typically, wooden forms are then used to outline the site in a temporary template so the workers know where to dig.

Foundation pour.

Once the trenches have been made, footings are added if there will be a basement. Then it’s time for the foundation to be poured. Concrete foundations are the most common in the Midwest, but a wood foundation can also be done. After all of the concrete slabs have been poured, it will need time to cure. There will be some down time at this step as the crew waits for the concrete to cure, and it will need to be approved by a building inspector to move forward.

Framing and infrastructure.

Next, the crew begins to install the plumbing system such as drains, water taps, and any other needs that go into the basement or first-floor slab. Building up, the rough framing begins. The floor, walls, and roof system—otherwise known as the skeleton—are planned out and installed. Wood is used for the frames, so it requires some protective finishes to avoid mold or wood rot. Depending on the size of the home, this step can take a month or two to complete.

Plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and insulation.

This step is all about adding in the features of your home. It typically includes sewer lines, water supply lines, pipes, ductwork, vents, and electrical wiring. The wiring will usually be prioritized last or until the roof has been officially built. Then there’s less risk for the elements to get into the unfinished home and ruin the electrical system. Insulation will also be installed during this time, which helps create a more consistent environment inside for workers and the future homeowners.

Interior finish.

Once those systems and insulation needs have been placed in the framing, the drywall will then be put up. The chosen flooring will also be installed. Fixtures, trim, interior doors, and drywall textures will be added once the drywall is complete. A primer coat of paint will be applied to help with whatever future paint colors will be chosen. Depending on the design of the home, all other touches to finish each room will be done like counters, mirrors, hardware, etc.

Exterior finish.

The necessary siding and roofing materials will be installed while the interior is also being finalized. Then the home will be ready to withstand the elements and have all necessary aesthetic needs met.

Kane Builders specializes in custom homes in the Twin Cities, so give us a call to start discussing your future home.