A great challenge awaits you. Perhaps the greatest adventure of your life. You are getting ready to build your own house and have chosen a home kit built with poles to do so. Congratulations!

I chose the word “adventure” because that’s what it’s going to be. Lots of twists and turns will dot your ride. A great journey awaits you. Keep your eyes open and be ready for surprises and you’ll enjoy it like the experience you’ve always hoped home building would be.

Construction of Home

Homes with a manual construction kit: the owner-builder’s choice I like the choice of kit housing for very involved home builders. Whether you are physically involved with personal work or limited to meaningful hands-on management, kit (or packaged) homes provide many benefits.

So you know what to expect, I will describe the build process for you.

We are going to divide it into phases. We will assume that you have already made preparations to get to the point of building your house. Now what?

PHASE ONE: Site Preparation and Foundation Construction

Before your kit arrives, you have a lot of work to do. In this initial construction phase, you will lead excavators, foundation contractors, plumbers, electricians, and perhaps well drillers. Build the foundation to very exacting specifications so that the wall sections of your kit home fit together perfectly.

Trenching for power and sewer lines, or digging for septic tanks and leach lines, and coordination with foundation contractors are accomplished in this initial phase.

PHASE TWO: Deliveries, Framing and

During phase one, you must  schedule and coordinate  the delivery of your kit’s home supplies package. It is best to receive delivery in phase two. Otherwise, the materials will only be in the way and may need to be moved. You don’t want to have to do that.

You and your framing team will first complete the subfloor system. Underground work includes plumbing, air heating, and electricity. Then it is time to erect the frame of the house and the roof rafters. Most home equipment companies provide paneled frame walls and ceiling joists to make this process relatively quick. You will enjoy the visual progress.

PHASE THREE: Mechanics and completing the shell

Once the structure is inspected, your next job is to lock up the house. This will involve installing windows and doors, a lot of plumbing and electrical work, insulating and hanging drywall.

The exterior finish will include the roof, siding, and trim. From the outside, your home will look like it’s almost finished, but inside it’s just getting started. The house can now be “closed” and secure.

PHASE FOUR: Interior trim and trim work The

Phase four is where you really make it your home. All doors are hung, cabinets, vanities, countertops and appliances are installed, moldings are mounted, bathtubs, sinks, toilets and bathtubs are installed. Much of the painting happens now.

You will really feel like you are making progress in this phase, but it will take time. Floor coverings like carpet, tile, linoleum, and wood will make you feel right at home, but you need to be patient. Never try to move during this phase … even if your bathroom and kitchen are functional.

PHASE FIVE: The “To Do Lists”

What is a “to do list”? Well, it’s all the “little things” that need to be done before the house is 100% complete.

Things like; the remaining bathroom mirror for hanging, the trim and shelving in the cabinets, the second coat of paint, the shelving in the laundry room and pantry, adding missing doorknobs, replacing a faulty bib-hose, building stairs and porches, stain trim, fix leaks

My advice is to complete the items on these lists before moving in. You can often get a Certificate of Occupancy before these things are completed, but they will end up unfinished and become a sore spot for you if you don’t complete them first.

Are you ready?

Packing your home kit has saved you a lot of hassle of shopping, organizing, making decisions, and delivering. And it has simplified and reduced framing labor and costs. However, the construction process remains the same.

You should expect your home construction project to take 6 to 9 months. You will direct traffic, get your hands dirty, troubleshoot, retrace your steps, experience delays, and replace workers from time to time.

However, despite all the unforeseen, it should be the time of your life and it is worth every moment! Each phase brings new joys and brings you closer to your ultimate success. In the end, you will have the house of your dreams.

Of course … prepare well, learn all you can and jump with both feet!

Also read Building Materials – Where Should You Buy Your Home Building Materials Package?

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