Let’s Talk About the Construction Process! You have signed a contract, selected your colors and options, and your home site received a permit. Now it is time for the groundbreaking on your new home… Here’s what to expect!
Dirt work begins and form boards are laid to contain the concrete foundation. Next, the plumbing crew adds pipes and drainage supply lines. The footings inside the foundation are prepared by the concrete crew, then a plastic barrier is laid to prevent moisture from getting into the foundation. The final step before the concrete is adding wire mesh and metal rods giving the foundation even more durability. Once this has been completed, the concrete crew will pour, smooth, and allow the concrete to cure.
Once the foundation is ready, framing will begin. During the framing stage, your home will be framed, the Barricade wrap will be added to keep unwanted air and moisture out, and exterior doors and windows are also installed. The Parish/County will perform an inspection to make sure all construction work meets building code. Construction really ramps up once your home is framed!
In the Top Out Stage, the plumbing crew extends the pipes laid during Foundation Stage throughout the walls. The lines supplying water to the kitchen, baths, laundry, and outdoor hose bibs are installed as well as the showers and tubs. During this stage, we also install the heating, ventilation, HVAC system, and wiring for all electrical systems. Once these items have been installed the Parish/County performs another inspection. Once inspections are complete, we start the insulation process by first applying foam around penetrations to stop unwanted airflow using a BIB system for maximum efficiency.
Next up, the drywall and exterior stage when we hang drywall panels on the ceiling first, then the walls. Drywall mud and texture finish are added next to complete the sheetrock process. On the exterior of the home, the base coat of stucco is completed along with the vinyl siding and brick, this is when you will start to see your colors and options come to life.
Interiors, Punch-Out, and Quality Control are the most exciting parts of the building process! It’s a big stage so it’s broken into three phases Interior, Mechanical Trim, and Punch-Out Stage. First, the interiors stage during which the interior doors, cabinets, baseboards, and crown molding will be installed by a trim carpenter. Next, any ceramic tile flooring will be installed.
Ready to see your countertops, mirrors, appliances, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, carpet, and hardwood flooring installed? These items are all installed in the home along with the mechanical, HVAC, and electrical systems.
Lastly, the Punch-Out Stage is where the finishing touches are done. This includes paint touch-ups, interior, and exterior cleaning, laying the sod, and seasonal landscaping. Your home gets a final Parish/County inspection to ensure building code standards have been met.
Once everything has been completed, a member of our Quality Control team will visit your home and do a rigorous 1000+ item checklist. This list touches on the functioning systems in the home to make sure everything is operating at optimum performance. Once the report is ready the DSLD superintendent completes an inspection of his own and corrects any items on the Quality Control list so the home will be ready for the buyer's first walk.
During your first walkthrough, the superintendent will walk you through the home and explain the many features, benefits, and overall operation of the functioning systems. They will also address any questions or concerns at this time so the items that need to be adjusted can be done prior to closing. This walkthrough will be followed up with a final walk to verify that all items have been addressed and are corrected for the buyer. This is the final step before you close and move into your new home!
The great thing about building a DSLD Home is we take you along the journey of building your new home. During every step of the process, your Builder Sales Representative is sending progress photos, emails, and communicating the exciting changes. We are so glad you are here building your new home!