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What Should I Do Prior To Construction?

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Before You Begin

Tools Of The Trade

Designing Your Home

Building Permit Plans

Excavating Home Site

Laying Drain Pipes

Prepping For Slab

Pouring The Slab

Installing Sill Plate

cutting Outside Wall Parts

Building Outside Walls

Framing & Raising interior Walls

Exterior Wall Sheathing

Cutting Out Openings

Wrapping The House

Preparing For Roof Trusses

Gettin Roof Trusses Ready

Raising Roof Trusses

Sheathing The Roof

Preping For Shingles

Shingling The Roof

Selecting Doors/Windows

Installing Doors/Windows

Preparing For Siding

Types Of

How To Select Siding

Siding The House

Siding Soffits & Trim

Installing Strapping

a A. Read and answer all questions on the Before You Begin Page

B. Choose a basic design for your home
    1. Make a rough drawing of the exterior of the house
        a. exterior dimensions
        b. repeat for second floor if applicable

C. Consult with local authorities for location and cost of services
    1. Exact location of septic tank and leach field
    2. Exact location of well
    3. Exact location of temporary electrical power pole

D. Choose layout of property and draw a detailed layout plan (will be used later for permit acquisition)
    1. locate exact location of house on property including     distances (in feet) from all property boundaries, well, septic system, and any other structures on your     property.
    2. Locate exact location of water well (if applicable)
    3. Locate exact location of septic system (If applicable)
    4. Locate exact location of garage, shed, or other out buildings
    5. Locate exact location and length of driveways

E. Design rough interior layout and make copies (It is also during this process that you will begin to figure out window and door sizes)
    1. Locate all rooms
    2. Locate all exterior and interior doors
    3. Locate all windows

F. Calculate approximate amount of funds needed
     1. Decide approximately how much of the work you will do     yourself and how much to hire out (this is subject to change as     time goes on)
    2. Cost of permits and licenses
    3. Cost of tools
    4. Cost of materials
    5. Cost of work to be done by others (excavation,     foundation/slab, driveway, water, septic, roof trusses)
    6. Miscellaneous expense fund
    7.Cost of time away from work (if applicable)
    8. Cost of heating system
    8.Cost of land

G. Figure out finances
    1. Total Cost - money in pocket = financing needed

H. Where to get the remainder of the funds needed for the entire project
    1. How is my credit?
    2. What types of financing are available to me?
    3. How many different sources will I have to borrow from and     which are the most cost effective?
    4. Ability to begin making payments during construction?

I. Make list of all materials needed to complete the shell of your new home
     1. Walls
     2. Subflooring
     3. Roof
     4. Roofing

J. Shop around for best price and quality materials
     1. Compare quality and price quotes from each
     2. Inquire about delivery times and costs

K. Shop for best price, quality, and availability of tools needed

L. Decide on date to begin project based on the following variables
     1. Excavation, foundation, well, septic, and power, all need to be     installed when the ground is not frozen
     2. In colder climates, springtime will find most secondary roads     posted and unable to handle trucks for construction and     deliveries
     3. Extreme hot or cold temperatures can affect some materials

M. Decide how you will set up your worksite
     1. Material storage against weather and theft
     2. Tool storage against inclement weather and theft
     3. Shelters if desired, to continue working during inclement      weather

N. Set up dates for the following services in the following order (remember that construction crews are highly dependent on the seasons and weather conditions to work - remember to allow some flexibility when setting up schedules.)
     1. Excavation
     a. Clearing out trees and rocks, and shaping the land
     b. Developing driveway
     c. Excavation of foundations and or slabs
     d. Excavation and installation of leach field, septic system, and     drainage from house to the septic tank.
    2. Digging of well, excavation and installation of pump, and water     pipe from pump to house, power from house to pump
     3. Install temporary power pole and hook up power (This step can     be omitted at this time if you choose to use a generator to power     tools.)
After you have laid out forms for concrete work, it is time to lay     out the plumbing drains throughout the slab.
     5. Foundation or slab installation, including any drainage and     insulation for either
     6. Delivery and storage of materials

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