Home Building Schedule: A tale of 5 Homes
Home Building Schedule Home 1: Luxury Custom stick built home 5000 square feet
During the first month the future owners will seek out an architect and the perfect lot. The architect will create a unique design, and agree not to resell it. The architect arranges for a builder to create this masterpiece.
During months three and four the lot is graded carefully to allow for certain trees to survive. The land is carefully landscaped around the home while preserving large oaks and ancient pines. The fourth and fifth months are spent building a basement foundation, and creating an in-ground concrete pool, driveway, and an extensive patio. Expensive materials are purchased, and stone masons hired to build a massive fireplace and stone wall.
During the sixth, seventh and eighth month, once the foundation is complete, the home is framed, roofed and the exterior siding is applied. An amazing curved stairway is installed by expert carpenters. Special electronic cable is inserted to facilitate wireless internet, printer/fax equipment, cable TV and state of the art alarm systems.
Wall treatments, which are far from standard, are applied during the ninth and tenth month. Real wood paneling, unique carvings and special design features are installed. Once this is complete more stone masons are hired to lay expensive stone and Italian tile floors, Carpenters are hired also to install real hardwood floors in other areas. Huge wooden crown moldings, custom made by local craftsmen are installed.
During the next four or five months, expensive hand crafted cabinetry are built on site, and topped with marble countertops. Bath fixtures with custom platforms and unique styling are installed, and some of the most expensive and efficient kitchen appliances available are installed. There are freezer units with glass fronts and amazing surfaces.
During the final month electronics are installed including wall width TV systems, computer equipment and security system features.
Home Building Schedule Home 2: Economy stick built tract home 1400 square feet
A flat treeless lot is selected so that minimal grading is required. The bulldozer comes out one day and scrapes the ground. The following day, a concrete slab is poured and framing begins a week after that. Framing takes about a month, using 2 by 4 studs. More economical OSB plywood is used to sheet the home, Standard 20 year roofing is applied, and vinyl siding is applied over plywood, with a thin sheet of Styrofoam insulation between wood and vinyl. Weather permitting the project will be under roof in two to three months.
The contractor will spend another two or three months, hiring plumbers, electricians, and carpet layers to cover the cheap plywood floor with padding and carpet, and some vinyl floor coverings in the kitchen. Stock cabinets will be installed, and covered with preformed acrylic countertops. The whole process will take approximately six months.
Home Building Schedule Home 3: Modular Home 2000 square feet
Long before the future owners ordered the home, parts of it were already assembled in the factory. Walls are framed and assembled into rooms in the factory. Rooms are covered with dry wall, roofing, and carpet. Even paint is applied to walls, all while in the factory.
On the lot, the first month is spent grading and building a foundation. Once the foundation is complete, the modular home is assembled in about a week. Furniture and appliances are moved into the home. The home is complete in about two months, start to finish.
Home Building Schedule Home 4: Insulated Concrete Panel (ICP) Home 1200 square feet
The land is graded and a foundation is laid, during the first month or two. Plumbing pipe and wiring are installed in the future crawl space. ICP is trucked to the site, and assembled rapidly. In days or, perhaps weeks, the structure is complete, as a shell. A second contractor comes to apply stone or brick veneer to the exterior. If the home owners prefer they could leave the natural stucco finish exposed. It never needs painting.
The owners have not hired a general contractor for the remainder of the work. They have instead hired a plumber and electrician to install fixtures and electrical outlets and appliances. Cabinets, flooring, and wall treatments will be installed by the owner. The time it takes a family to complete a home varies, but it could be finished in only two more months. Start to finish this job could be completed in five months.
Home Building Schedule Home 5: Log Panel Home 1400 square feet
From the time the home is ordered, there will be seven or eight weeks until delivery. During that time a foundation must be built according to the specifications of the log panel home company. A local contractor is hired to grade the land and create the specified foundation. The owner calls the Log panel home company to verify that the foundation is in place, and on the appointed day, a stack of log panels is delivered, a crane is brought in, and the crew, build the home in seven hours, then they return home.
The log panel home is essentially a shell, with no insulation, and no dry wall. A closed cell insulation company must be employed to insulate the home. After that, the home owners will apply the wall coverings of their choice, whether dry wall or wood paneling. They will add floor coverings, cabinetry and appliances. They will need to hire an electrician and a plumber, both at the foundation stage and before they apply the dry wall or paneling. How long this takes is entirely up to the home owners. They can either finish it out in a few months or delay the finishing of the attic floor until years later. This method is so inexpensive, it may be possible to avoid a home loan, and complete the project with savings, and income over time.
As you can see the time table involved in building a home varies considerably. With modern materials and methods home construction can happen very quickly. This saves money on labor. There are rewards to each method however and many people prefer a traditional stick built home, even though it takes longer. It is important to understand the different types of homes when considering home building schedules.