by Todd Ellner
November 8, 2016 Home Building

Whether it is building a new home or simply remodeling your current property, you should know that good construction is all about persistence, hard work and most importantly, proper planning.

The Gialluisi Custom Homes team is very much aware of this, which is why we have invested a lot of resources into quality craftsmanship and materials.

After all, the road to success is always under construction.

So let’s see what stages a home building project goes through before it becomes a home. Here is the home building case study of the project at 209 Edgewood, Westfield City.

1. Demolition and Excavation: first phases of a homebuilding process

Construction begins with the home site excavation. But before getting ready to dig up the ground, we need to get rid of the old and prepare for the new.

The demolition process paves the way for a new construction to be built and for the excavation of the new foundation and basement area to start.

In the video above, you can see all the existing structures have been removed and all the debris has been carted away from the site.

The GCH team is ready for the next step of the process while the home’s position is staked on the lot and prepped for the foundation.

From cleaning the debris to the start of the excavation process

After the land is cleared of all obstructions, the soil is prepared for construction. At this point, our team of homebuilders needs to ensure that all on-site debris is carted away and loaded into dumpsters. It’s the only way to make room for the basement excavation and for setting the foundation.

In the video below, watch what a full post-demolition process is, depicted in 4 different phases.

You might think it’s a quick procedure, but you would be surprised to find out just how much hard work goes into each step of the operation. Until reaching the concrete footing, there is a quite a long way to go!

Step 1- Demolition in process: tearing down the building structure is the first phase of the home building project. There are many different factors involved in a demolition, and several different ways to go about it.

Tip: The GCH team works closely with each homeowner, so that the plan we establish is 100% based on their needs. The strategy we come up with usually includes suggestions about how the plan is going to be carried out and what type of equipment to use.

Step 2 – Demolition is complete, getting ready for next phase: After all building structures are removed, the next phase is taking the debris and loading it into dumpsters, while preparing for the basement excavation.

Step 3 – Loading the debris into dumpsters: This is the part where our team ensures that all the debris is smashed down so that it can be loaded by the excavation equipment into disposal dumpsters and later carted away.

Step 4 – Adding the base of the future home: This is the final step and it begins once the demolition process is fully completed. Once the dirt is removed, the stone footing (representing the base on which your home’s foundation will rest) is poured and ready to set in. This will allow for the foundation walls to be assembled and installed by the crane.

2. Inserting water and sewer line sleeves

The next phase of a homebuilding process involves the installation of underground plumbing and tying it into the public sewer system.

As the water and sewer line sleeves are inserted through the foundation, the pipes are laid to the house and actually connected to the water and sewer mains.

3. The Vapor Barrier: A key component of laying the foundation

The key to waterproofing a foundation? A protective vapor barrier, set below the foundation, helps prevent dampness that can easily lead to indoor humidity and mold.

The Gialluisi Custom Homes team carefully installs the vapor barrier underneath the foundation slab so that the frost (in cold condition) will not be able to get into the sub-foundation rock.

4. Shaping up the house

The video above presents the advanced stages of the roofing rafters, leading the way for sheathing the exterior as well as the roof.

Framing is the phase where things really start to take shape. Although it may look like the homebuilding process is near completion at this stage, our team still has to build the subfloor, walls, and roof structure.

5. Almost done…

Exterior roofing and wall frame sheathing are also referred to as the “exterior trim” or the “roof stage”.

In this final part of the process, the GCH team has to:

  • Apply exterior foam sheathing
  • Install windows and exterior rear doors
  • Take the siding up the roof
  • Handle roof decking and shingles

Your home is one of the largest investments you will ever make. So it’s only natural that you look for exceptional quality and attention to fine details.

The Gialluisi Custom Homes team feels exactly the same: whether it is about laying the foundation grounds or taking on a complex homebuilding project, our talented team of contractors, carpenters and craftsmen are committed to bringing your dream home to life.

Take the first step to invest in the construction of your dream house and contact the Gialluisi team here , or give us a call at 908-206-4659, today.


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