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Steps to Building a New Home

happy coupleThe House Designers understands how exciting it is to build a new home! In an effort to make the process easier, we have put together this step-by-step home building guide to help you understand the different building phases and how it all comes together.

  1. clearing the lotLOT CLEARING & FOUNDATION: Your home’s foundation is a critical element in the building process because it supports the entire structure. Constructed correctly, it ensures your home’s safety and efficiency. After your lot is cleared and excavated, forms are built with framing lumber (that you can clean and reuse for framing) and concrete is then poured into each section. Most foundations are either basement, slab, or crawlspace and your builder can help decide which is right for you.

  2. FRAMING: After the foundation is poured and set, the form boards are removed and framing of the house begins. Just as our skeleton serves as the structure for our bodies, the frame of a house is the underlying framingstructure of the home. As the framing progresses, you will see the layout of your home unfold, and you’ll be able to identify different rooms, doorways, and windows. If your home seems smaller than you imagined at this point, don’t panic. It is simply an illusion!

  3. INSPECTIONS & FRAME WALK: Inspections are a very important part of the home construction process and ensure that every element of construction is done correctly. After the initial inspections, your builder will ask you to walk through your home. At this point you can visualize what your dream home will basically look like because the walls and trusses will be framed, and the roof sheathing will be installed.

  4. HOUSE WRAP: Certain climates have a higher risk of moisture damage, which can cause mold and wood rot. Therefore, a protective barrier supervisorknown as house wrap is installed to prevent the structure of your home and its interior from getting wet, growing mold, or rotting. The house wrap ensures that all moisture will remain outside the home.

  5. ENCLOSING YOUR HOME: Once framing has passed inspection, your builder will begin enclosing your home and install siding, shingles, the roofing system, any brick or stone details your interior or exterior design requires, and the windows and doors. Windows, doors, and skylights are very visible features of your home both inside and out, so choose and invest wisely!

installing windows

Our architects prefer Pella® Windows for stunning, energy-efficient, and durable windows that stand the test of time. For garage doors, our architects and customer’s top choice is Clopay® and for entry and patio doors it’s Therma-Tru®. To maximize natural light and fresh air to your interior, VELUX® makes reliable and gorgeous skylights and roof windows. For stunning, durable, and sustainable wood decking and cladding, our architects prefer Kebony®. And for authentic, natural-looking stone and brick veneer, our architects recommend Eldorado Stone with each piece literally hand-painted by highly trained artisans to offer a unique and authentic finished look.

  1. insulationMECHANICAL INSTALLATION: This stage is critical and occurs before the installation of sheetrock. This is the building stage where mechanical components and wiring are installed. Venting, ductwork, water heaters, and the HVAC system are also installed. Our architects recommend Rheem® HVAC and water heating solutions because they offer nearly a century's worth of expertise manufacturing innovative and efficient air, water, and pool solutions.

  2. INSULATION: Insulation is an important factor that determines your home’s energy and cost efficiency. When installed adequately and properly in the floors, walls, and ceilings, this relatively inexpensive product can save money and conserve energy by preventing heat and A/C from escaping your home.

  3. interiorSHEETROCK: Once your home is framed and wrapped and all the mechanicals have been installed, the sheetrock is put in place to form the walls. Now you can really see your new home coming to life!

  4. INTERIOR FINISHES: One of the most exciting stages of building a new home is selecting all the products that go into each room. This includes flooring, cabinets, countertops, appliances, lighting fixtures, millwork and trim, interior doors, plumbing products, and much more. Check out Whirlpool®, KitchenAid®, and JennAir® to find the perfect Architect Preferred appliances for your needs. Don’t forget to visit the Product Ideas section of for useful product information and great building tips!

  5. FINAL WALK-THROUGH: The final walk-through is the last step before you move into your beautiful new home. Turn on all appliances, lights, the HVAC system, faucets and showers, and flush toilets and check electric outlets. Check to see that all your cabinets, doors, and windows open, close, and lock properly. Also make sure there aren’t any major defects like cracks, scratches, and/or gaps in the floors. If there are any issues, this is the time to notify your builder and have everything resolved before closing on your home.