How To Build A House For Kids?
- Joe Thomas
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How to construct a house oneself.
1 Choose an attractive location for your home. There are several aspects to consider while looking for a good area to build a house. Consider a place where you’d want to reside permanently and consider the following:
- Climate, Building under flood, storm, strong heat, frozen cold, and other extreme weather and climatic circumstances requires special considerations.
- Stability of the environment Unless they are constructed on specific foundations or pilings, houses constructed on shifting sand, mucky soil, or other unstable earth are likely to fall in a short period of time.
- The accessibility of utilities. Ensure that these utility providers supply electricity, potable water, telephone, and other services at your site if you wish to use these amenities.
- The community’s infrastructure If you intend to raise or have children, you need ensure that reputable schools are available. Check to discover if you are inside a police jurisdiction that will protect you from crime, consider the distance you will have to go to obtain essential supplies, and determine whether medical care is close.
2 Select the land on which you will construct and acquire it. Depending on the expense and your available cash, this may provide a challenge. Building a house is a costly endeavor, but obtaining a good piece of land is an investment of equal importance. Determine how you will pay for your building project moving ahead, and then begin the land purchase process. Some house builders will obtain a construction loan in order to acquire the land and finance the construction process. This requires you to engage into a contract with a builder or contractor, and the loan must contain a reference to the builder’s résumé and serve as a source of finance for the project. To do this, you will need to recruit and vet a builder prior to acquiring property.
- 3 Have the site surveyed and identify the house’s footprint. This is not required, especially if you are building on a vast plot of land, but if there is any uncertainty about the property boundaries, you should have it done to ensure you are not intruding on a neighbor’s or the city’s property. This will be important as you continue the construction process.
- Consider access concerns. If you rely on a car for transportation, you must choose the path for an useable driveway on big lots in particular. Consider any low spots that might become inaccessible in winter mud or heavy summer rain, how building a road would effect the landscaping, and whether or not a driveway will interfere with subsurface services.
Pay special attention to how surface water will leave the land. Every effort must be taken to ensure that water flows away from the driveway. This may need the installation of culverts or pipes beneath the roadway to prevent standing water along its sides. Advertisement 1 Either design your own home or hire an architect. For the majority of building and zoning jurisdiction code requirements, architects and engineers with specialized training and years of experience developing dwellings are required. Whether you use their services or choose to design your own, the house you construct will be for you, therefore you should be heavily involved in the design process.
- Keep in mind that while working with an architect, the design process typically lasts around six months. First, they will collaborate with you to generate a schematic design, or a preliminary draft of the home’s layout. Then, they will generate more comprehensive blueprints, and if you want to make modifications to the design, there may be a revision procedure.
- Before hiring or consulting an architect, determine whether or if the company offers management services. Some architecture companies may assist in the hiring of contractors they know and trust, as well as consult and evaluate the contractor’s work as it advances, making any required modifications and additions. This can provide great relief from headaches.
- Prior to construction, you must submit drawings for approval to the municipal or county building commission. Unless you are an expert architect, it will be quite difficult to develop the required production drawings and engineering specifications. To save time, effort, and money, it is advised that you consult a professional and collaborate with them on the design of your dream home.
2 Construct the dwelling areas The most enjoyable aspect of home design is visualizing your new life in your new environment. Consider utilizing pre-drawn floor plans as a reference for your own area after conducting some research on pre-drawn floor plans for ideas.
- Bedrooms: For a family home with the potential for extensions, it is easier to add a room during initial construction than to renovate or construct an addition afterwards. If you only require two bedrooms at the moment, an extra room might be utilized as an office, for storage, or kept unfinished and unfurnished until it is required.
- Bathrooms: Practically speaking, one bathroom is sufficient in virtually all situations
- but, if the home is intended for numerous occupants, two bathrooms make life much simpler. Possessing two or more bathrooms will help boost the home’s resale value in the eyes of convenience-oriented buyers.
- Consider whether your lifestyle necessitates spaces ideal for particular occasions, such as a formal dining room, an office, a den, or a playroom.
3 Design the utility sections with functionality in mind. Possessing a laundry room and potentially even a garage can be a great assistance for handling daily duties in a family setting. Planning out the essential living areas is a crucial step in the design procedure.
- Laundry area
- Storage spaces
4. Position windows with energy efficiency in mind. A combination of beauty and energy efficiency, planning your home with the sun in mind will ensure that it is filled with warm, radiant light at all times. If you are constructing a home with large windows in the living room, consider orienting these windows toward the most attractive view and at an angle that optimizes natural illumination when you need it.
- Energy efficiency should be incorporated into the initial design of your home. It may be more entertaining to consider solar panels and other new technologies, but appropriate window installation and adequate insulation are the fundamentals of sustainability.
- Consider what time of day a beam of sunlight in the kitchen will provide the most positive benefits. To take advantage of cooking and dishwashing in the late afternoon, it may be optimal to face the kitchen west. In colder areas, larger windows on the north and south sides of the house will assist heat the home through solar gain.
- If you are in the northern hemisphere, windows should face south. If you are in the southern hemisphere, windows should face north.
5 Prepare to address water drainage difficulties with a suitable plan. Consider the movement of surface water (rain, snowmelt, drainage from seasonal springs) through the construction site. Keeping water away from your property is essential, especially in colder areas. 1 Secure a building financing. If you have not already done so while acquiring the land, you will need to find a way to fund the project, and a construction loan is the most suggested option. Complete a 1003 loan application and submit it to a loan officer alongside a credit report to apply for a construction loan. The completed loan application must include the following details:
- The requested loan type
- The amount of money asked for
- Your present living conditions
- Your number issued by the Social Security Administration
- W-2 info
2 Get construction insurance. To undertake a home construction project, you will need three forms of construction-related insurance, some of which may be offered by the builder, depending on the state in which you reside and the terms of your contract. Typically, you are expected to provide:
- Course of Construction Insurance to protect against unanticipated loss, such as damages from fire, accident, vandalism, and malicious mischief.
- General Liability Insurance may or may not be given by the contractor. It is a complete liability coverage against occupational accidents. You should always employ builders that supply their own insurance, as it may be rather costly and may indicate poor craftsmanship if a builder does not give it.
- Worker’s Compensation Insurance is required if your contractor employs their own employees. If the job is subcontracted (a typical practice), you will need to give workers’ compensation and the builder will need to acknowledge in writing that they do not have employees and will not offer compensation.
3. Obtain the necessary building licenses. In many regions, a building permit is essential, particularly for permanent development. To achieve this, you must submit precise architectural designs, engineering load specifications, and other documentation to the Department of Housing in your state.
- A septic tank permit
- An electrical permit
- A plumbing permit
- A mechanical permit (HVAC or air conditioning)
- You may also be needed to submit an application for and obtain an environmental and/or effect permit. Marking the house’s position before to getting environmental permissions will aid in the resolution of permitting details.
4 Create a cost estimate breakdown (ECB). This is a breakdown of each individual expenditure associated with the home’s construction. The cost of the foundation, timber, framing, plumbing, heating, electrical, painting, etc. When you engage a builder, they will often fill out this form to show you the precise cost of constructing your new house.
Pricing local building materials How much does wood cost in the region of interest? Labor? Vinyl? It is useful to consider how much the procedure will ultimately cost, in addition to the property acquisition. Try to obtain a general estimate of how much it will cost to construct the type of home you’re interested in at the site you’re contemplating.
Determine how much of the actual construction you will be responsible for. The construction of a home needs a number of specialized professions to achieve high-quality results; thus, it is typically preferable to have skilled artisans conduct tasks that you cannot execute at an expert level.
- Workers will clean and prepare the area in preparation for construction.
- Masons for laying the foundation
- Framers are required to conduct rough carpentry, frame the walls, and install trusses or stick-framed rafters.
- Roofing contractors can install the roof and insulate the home.
- Electricians, plumbers, and HVAC technicians to do the challenging interior job of equipping a home for habitation.
- painters and carpenters specializing in interior design
- Installers of carpet, hardwood, or tile flooring.
Consider employing a contractor builder. Hiring an experienced builder to manage the project will simplify everything. You won’t have to worry about doing everything yourself, outsourcing certain duties, and acquiring the necessary licenses. Working with an experienced builder who can provide a statement, résumé, banking and experience references, a line item cost breakdown of estimated costs (an ECB), a materials list, and a building contract makes it much simpler to acquire a construction loan.
- Each party’s individual duties
- The anticipated start and finish dates of the project.
- The anticipated payment by the builder
- A completed, signed, and dated Estimated Cost Breakdown (ECB)
- Provisions for alterations
Advertisement 1 Lay the groundwork After a site team excavates the plot, you will begin the foundation work. The kind and layout of the foundation will depend on the size of your home, the soil on which it will be built, the local building requirements, and whether or not your home will have a basement. Concrete block is the preferred and strongest form of foundation. The excavation team must first measure and mark the measurements of the foundation, dig it to the necessary depth, and then smooth it out, occasionally covering it with soil or gravel for construction.2 Pour the building’s concrete foundation. These are utilized to appropriately distribute the home’s weight and should be somewhat broader than the outer foundation walls.
- Construct the formwork and pour the concrete. The formwork is essentially a mold into which concrete is poured and then removed when it has hardened. Alternately, a permanent block foundation can be constructed by inserting rebar into the blocks and filling the spaces between them with concrete.
- A structural engineer should carefully evaluate the thickness of the foundation, taking into account the height of the wall and the load it will be required to support, both in terms of the building itself and the forces of gravity, wind, and earth that effect the structure.
- 3 Establish building lines This involves placing batter boards or corner posts at each corner of the house foundation in order to level and square it. Use a transit or building level to ensure that the building lines are square and level, and measure diagonally from corner to corner to ensure that the walls and corners are square.
- Install your chosen flooring type. Common floor types include “slab on grade” and “pier and beam/joist” flooring. Before pouring the slab floor, you must ensure that rough plumbing lines are built and precisely positioned. After the slab is poured, it will be impossible to make changes.
- For a slab-on-grade floor, properly shape the footing and install rebar. Typically, these floors are constructed on concrete block bases. After installing plumbing rough-ins, backfill the area around the foundation with compacted soil and gravel. You may also choose to pre-treat for termites and add a moisture barrier at this stage.
- For off-grade or above-grade floors, you must plan out and install wooden flooring piers and build your floor joist framing system according to the specified guidelines. Install subfloor/floor decking material.
Advertisement 1 Frame your home’s walls using lumber. Beginning at one corner, you must put down the wall lines on the floor and indicate the bottom plate (called the rat sill) that will be attached to anchor bolts.
- Mark the doors, windows, and interior wall corners on the sill as you work. As needed by regulations, utilize specific metal connectors/straps at the floor and wall apexes for storm and earthquake resistance.
- Use tees at wall junctions, large headers for openings in load-bearing walls, and provide room for installation at each rough opening.
- 2 Securely plumb and support the walls. Install sheathing as necessary. Otherwise, diagonally brace all outside wall corners with metal straps. Ensure that all studs (vertical framing members, typically 2″ x 4″ (5 cm x 10 cm) nominal timber, graded standard or better) are firmly fastened in place, perpendicular to the wall line, and straight.
- 3 Mark the location of your roof trusses using chalk. You may choose to stick frame your roof by cutting and installing the rafters and ceiling joists on your own (especially if you want a usable attic space). However, prefabricated trusses are designed with lighter, smaller wood for optimal strength. There are some attic trusses with steeply pitched roofs and dormers, as well as those with conventional roofs. Consider your alternatives and select something that will function nicely in your house.
- 4 Place each truss in its proper spot. Typically, this entails spacing of 24 inches (61.0 cm) or 16 inches (40.6 cm) for stick-bracing constructions. Attach hurricane clips or other connections to fasten them, plumb the center of each truss, and rat run brace them temporarily near the top.
Install diagonal gable bracing to prevent the roof frame from bending while installing the roof decking on a roof with gable ends. Install king rafters and hip rafters for a hip roof, ensuring that the neighboring plane of the roof is uniform and straight.5 Nail a sub-facia board to the ends of each rafter to link them. In regions where high winds or snow-loading (accumulation) may occur, ensure that the roof decking is secured and physically capable of withstanding these extreme pressures and circumstances. Use suitable bracing and fasteners for the scope of this project.
- Install roofing felt as an effective moisture barrier. It is necessary to place a moisture barrier on your roof prior to its completion so that the elements do not delay your job. To secure it, use 15 or 30 pound (6.8 or 13.8 kg) roofing felt tar paper and simplex nails, roofing tacks, or plastic-capped felting tacks. Start felting the decking at the bottom edge, allowing it to dangle slightly over, then overlap succeeding layers to prevent water from penetrating this moisture barrier.
- 7 Install external elements like windows and doors. Many places require metal flashing to prevent water from infiltrating the edges and gables, but if permitted and possible, you may be able to cover them adequately using caulking.
- Install the final roof covering. You may pick from painted sheet metal panels, rolled steel shaped to site-specific lengths, shingles, terra cotta tiles, and other materials, based on your preferences, budget, and the availability of resources in your area. Consider ridge vents, attic exhaust fans, vented dormers, and other architectural features that can improve your home’s comfort and save cooling expenses in hot areas.
- In walls, install pipes for potable water, waste drains, and drain vents. These can be capped off for finishing once the walls have been completed, particularly if local standards demand pressure testing prior to finishing.
- 2 Install HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) ducts, air handlers, and refrigerant pipes. Connect return air and supply air registers to the ductwork. If the ductwork is not already insulated, insulate it and seal any seams. As required, secure ductwork to prevent movement and ensure conduits are flush.
- Three installed electricity outlets. Electrical outlets, light fixtures, and specific wiring for major equipment such as water heaters, stoves, and air conditioning will likely need to be installed as soon as feasible. Install the main electrical panel box and any sub-panels required by the design, as well as the wiring between these and each device.
Ordinarily, #12 Romex wire is used for standard lighting and outlet circuits, and nail-in electrical boxes are affixed to the wall studs with a projecting front edge to allow the final wall material to be flat. Install thermal insulation. Insulate walls when necessary. Typically, walls are insulated with a minimum R-value of 13 and ceilings with a minimum R-value of 19, but as much as 30, or even more, to reduce fuel and utility use.5 Put in your ceilings. Gypsum wallboard composed of drywall or sheetrock is a prominent material for producing solid ceilings, although there are alternative items, such as acoustical ceiling tiles, beaded plywood paneling (to resemble planking), and even real wood planks, that are also often used.
- As required, install plumbing fittings. Install the bathtub, the shower enclosure, and any additional big plumbing fixtures that will interact with completed walls. Ensure that plumbing rough-ins are properly positioned and that pipes are shielded and firmly fastened.
- 2 Apply wall board or paneling to interior walls. Builders typically employ gypsum wallboard, wood, or masonite paneling for this purpose. Panels are often raised three-eighths of an inch (1.0 cm) above the floor to prevent damage from floor spills and regular wiping. There are several options for interior wall materials, thus the installation method will vary depending on the material chosen. Apply an adequate level of finish to gypsum wallboard by taping and skimming/floating all seams. If applicable, finish/texture any ceilings during this phase.
- 3 Install wall trim. Install inside doors and jambs, as well as any trim used for baseboards, crown moldings, and corners. Prior to this stage, you should have painted the walls if you are utilizing natural wood trim and mouldings. The final finish will be easier to achieve if the trim is prefinished prior to installation, although nail holes will likely still require correction after installation.
- 4 Caulk, paint, and apply wall coverings to any necessary walls. Most likely, you’ll need to prepare wallboard before applying a topcoat. Use a paint roller whenever practical, and use brushes to cut in around fixtures and in corners.
Be careful to cut out electrical devices, install lights and other fixtures, and if they were not already present, place breakers in panel boxes.
- Install cabinets and other millwork. A bar, top storage cabinets, and lower units with drawers for culinary utensils and supplies may also be necessary.
- 6 Install flooring, Note that baseboards are put prior to the flooring for carpeted floors, leaving 3 8 inch (1.0 cm) for the carpet to tuck below. This trim is placed subsequent to the completion of hardwood or composite flooring.
- 7 Install appliances and switch on the utilities. Start testing with your craftsmanship by activating the water and electricity to ensure that everything is functioning properly. Adjust the tasks as necessary and complete the house to the point where you can move in and begin enjoying your new home.
Add fresh query Question Where does one begin while constructing a house? Steve Linton is the president of Asheville, North Carolina-based custom house builder Deltec Homes. With over two decades of expertise, he supervises all house construction projects at Deltec Homes.
He is an expert in hurricane-resistant housing, eco-friendly home design, and sustainable construction. Steve graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Custom Home Builder Expert Answer Typically, you’ll have around six months to work with an architect on the design.
First, they will discuss your lifestyle and the purpose of your house with you. Then, they will produce a schematic design, or a rough layout of where everything will be placed. Then, they will develop a more specific strategy in accordance with your vision. Ask a Question left 200 characters Include your your address to receive a notification once this question has been answered. Submit Advertisement The many inspections required by building codes at various phases of construction are not included in the list of processes. Some examples of basic inspections include:
- Before pouring concrete footings, the foundation is inspected.
- Before putting the concrete slab, the slab and plumbing rough-in must be completed.
- Prior to the installation of shingles or other roofing materials, a roof’s framing must be inspected once the decking has been put.
- Electrical installation rough-in
- Mechanical rough-in (may include a pressure or leak test)
- Percolation testing requirements for septic tanks and lines are very stringent near waterways.
- Mechanical excavation (for ductwork installation)
- Final assessments of every work scope
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- Depending on the size of the home, the availability of contractors, the amount of time you are ready to devote, etc., this procedure can take anything from a few months to several years.
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- In towns and subdivisions, it is usually prohibited to live in a mobile home or a garage; a tiny house built initially may become a garage if the floors were planned thus, or a four-room house could be expanded to six rooms by adding on, etc.
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