The Steps to Homebuilding

Foundation and Site Work

Before the home is built, the site must be cleared and graded. Once this is done, trenches for the foundation are dug. Most foundations are built on a crawl space.


Once the foundation is set, the floor, walls, stairs and roof are built. The frame is the shell of the home that provides the shape of the structure. The conventional approach is to build the home from individual pieces of lumber, called stick-built construction.

Exterior Finishes

This stage finishes the outside of the home and protects the inside from the elements. From the outside, at least, your home looks almost done.

Mechanical Rough-Ins

Once the interior of the house is properly protected from the elements, the plumbing, electricity, water, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are installed.

Insulation and Air Sealing

This step ensures your home will stay comfortable in even the most extreme temperatures.

Interior Finishes

Once everything behind the walls include drywall and interior trim is complete, the home is painted. This is the longest phase, for good reason.


The builder provides foundation plants/shrubbery, and hydroseeding grass.


A final walk-through before the closing is the time to ensure that everything is completed to your satisfaction. If you see any problems that need to be addressed-these are usually visual-have them fixed before you sign the final paperwork. The builder will also explain how your home operates, so listen closely, and ask lots of questions.