Today we’ll continue our conversation that we started last week when we began to go through the process of home construction. We’ve already covered steps one and two, you can find that post here.
Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC
When the frame of the house is finished and the initial inspection is passed, then the roofing and siding installation can installed and the contractors for plumbing and electrical can begin installing pipes and wires. At this time, single piece shower and tub units are installed as well since it is easier to maneuver them into place before the interior walls and doors are finished. Sewer lines, vents, water supply lines, and the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system are put into place after which insulation is installed in the ceilings, floors, and walls. This is the perfect time for installing radiant floor heating.
Once the roof has been installed, the house is “dried in”. This means that it is safe for the electrician to install the lights, light switches, electrical outlets, and run the wires from each of these to the breaker box. Cable TV, music system cables, and telephone cables and also run at this time.
After each of the above is installed, they will require an inspection to make sure that they meet the building code. These are typically three separate inspections split into framing, plumbing and electrical, and mechanical systems.
After the inspections are successfully passed, drywall (also known as Sheetrock) will be installed.
Insulation is a critical part of home building especially for home owners in South Texas as we need to keep the heat out and the cool air from escaping; this can lead to some confusion since there are many types from which to choose. We’ve gone over a few of these types in previous posts; you can read about fiberglass and foam insulation, cotton and cellulose insulation, or home insulation FAQ. The majority of homes will need insulation in all exterior walls, the attic, and some floors that are above basements or crawl spaces.
Check back next week as we continue to explore the process of building a home. Have a question about this process? Drop us a comment below, we’d love to hear your thoughts.