To build a house from the ground up can seem like an overwhelming prospect. Experience Homes prides itself on making the process an easy and positive one. That’s why we are providing you with a roadmap through the entire home building experience. The first month of the process is all about decisions! You’ve made the decision to build, we’ve worked together to pick your floor plan and plot, and we’ve even laid out the upgrades and finishes. Now it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get down and dirty. Month 2 is typically construction time!
Once all of the details have been finalized the basic construction work can begin. The first order of business is preparing the site of your choice. The site is cleared of any rocks or debris and then leveled in preparation for the pad to built and concrete laid out. Sewer pipe and electrical conduits also have to be put in place before the concrete is poured.
Next comes the pouring of the slab. The slab is a concrete pad that is poured directly on the ground. This type of foundation works great on level sites and in warmer climates. Embedded into the concrete is a wire mesh and steel reinforcing bar. One of the most time consuming aspects of this step is allowing adequate time for the concrete to cure and reach 100% of its strength. The length of the curing process depends on a number of different factors including the concrete mix, water content, and temperature.
As much as we wish we could control Mother Nature, we can’t. The weather significantly impacts when concrete can be poured and how long it will take to cure. The foundation has to have the strength to carry the weight of your house, that’s why we don’t take short cuts. While this may be a time consuming process, that doesn’t mean work has halted on your new home.
As we allow time to let the concrete foundation fully cure we will continue working with you to design your dream. During this time a number of deliveries will be made, such as lumbar, in preparation for the next step of framing the house.
Owning a new home is not out of reach, give us a call and we can work with you to make your dreams of owning a new home a reality. There are many options open to people who are looking to grow into a new home. We can help you find financing and even trade-in your old home towards a brand new construction home. There are possibilities and we can help you explore them all! Check back in November for month 3 of the home building process!