Home Building Timeline

Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, you can’t expect your new home to be built in a day. Rushing the construction will inevitably lead to flaws and shoddy workmanship, so you will need to have patience and listen to your contractor. To make the waiting process less frustrating, you may want to learn about the process of building a home. More specifically, you can look at a home building timeline, so that you’ll know what to expect as your contractor moves from step to step. The basic timeline we’ve created below can be a great reference, but don’t be afraid to ask your contractor about the specific process being used for your home as well.

Home Building Timeline

Home Building Timeline

STEP 1: PREPARATION

This is the planning phase, in which you’ll discuss your goals and ideas. Architects, engineers, and contractors may be involved in the creation of the home’s plans and drawings.

STEP 2: EXCAVATION

The site is cleared, leveled, and staked out before the land is excavated. A professional will determine how your home should be situated.

STEP 3: FOOTING

Before the foundation can be installed, you must give it something to sit on: the footer. This is a concrete base below the frostline.

STEP 4: FOUNDATION

The foundation is installed. It will be one of four types (full basement, knee-wall, crawl space, or slab) and it will be constructed of masonry or concrete. When it is complete, it must be professionally inspected.

STEP 5: FRAMING

Now that the foundation is ready, we can start adding walls to create the home’s skeleton. Floor, wall, and roof frames will be constructed and inspected. After that, the exterior finishes of the home will be applied.

STEP 6: MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

Now that the home is looking more “home-like,” we can give it some life! The heating and cooling systems, ventilation, plumbing, and electrical system are installed. You can also prewire your home for a security system.

STEP 7: INSULATION

To keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, we add insulation to the walls and attic. The type and amount of insulation will vary based on where your home is located.

STEP 8: DRYWALL

The home’s naked frames are now covered with drywall. To ensure an attractive appearance, they’re also sanded and primed. A first coat of paint may be applied at this stage as well.

STEP 9: FLOORING 

Next, we can add some flooring like vinyl or ceramic tile. If you’re using flooring materials that could be damaged during the last few steps of the home building process (for example, carpet or hardwood), the installation of that flooring will be pushed to the end of the timeline.

STEP 10: PAINT AND TRIM

Interior walls and surfaces are painted, and trim is painted and installed as well. The home is looking nearly perfect, but it’s still not ready for inhabitants.

STEP 11: FINISHING TOUCHES

Finally, all of the finishing touches are applied. Light fixtures are installed. Faucets and sinks are added. Appliances are put into place. Cabinets are installed. As items are added, the contractor will check that the mechanical systems are successfully working with the home’s appliances and features.

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Different contractors build homes in different ways, but this basic home building timeline should be a great reference. Ask your contractor for more details if you like, and follow along as your home is built from the ground up!

Are you ready to build a house? If you live in the southwest Missouri area, give Adam Cowherd Construction a call at 417-268-7199 to get started. We would love to help you build the home of your dreams.