Tips & Advice
How long does it take to build a house?
The time it takes to build a house varies, with the average time of the construction being 6-7 months from the time the permits are approved. If a customer chooses a personalized production home in a development, the construction phase can take only 4-5 months.
Custom homes take longer, for a few reasons: before the permits are approved, the custom design, floor plans and pre-construction process has to be complete, and this alone can take a few months. Getting financing and choosing a contractor can also add time to the process.
All home builds can be delayed due to weather, permit and inspection delays, waiting on construction material supplies, and disagreements between homeowner and contractor on design details.
Is it cheaper to build rather than buy a house?
It is not easy to figure out whether it’s cheaper to build a new house rather than buy. Industry reports show that the final price of a new construction home is significantly higher than buying an existing home. However, this isn’t necessarily an accurate side-by-side comparison, since new builds tend to be larger, more energy efficient, and more customized in terms of features and materials. Pre-existing homes will often end up requiring significant repairs, and ongoing upkeep.
What is a general contractor?
A general contractor is a company or individual that oversees an entire construction process and is responsible for pulling permits, liaising with inspectors, hiring subcontractors, working with homeowners and designers, and handling day-to-day oversight on the construction site.
How much does it cost to build a new house?
The cost to build a new house varies widely and is affected by many factors including the market, the specific location, the size of the house, what kinds of materials will be used, and what kinds of special features will go into the house. To get a better idea for price of new homes, start by researching comparable new builds in the area and neighborhood you’re interested in buying. Speak with architects and builders in your area. Also, read local blogs and trade websites. In general, the cost per square foot of a new development is $150.
How to choose a home builder
Choose a home builder based on their reputation for quality work, their style (it should match what you want in a home), their price, how busy they are, and how well they listen to and understand your needs. Take lots of time to research and interview. Read plenty of articles and profiles, ask people you trust for their recommendations, and ask your potential builders as many questions as you need to before committing. This is a major decision and above all you should not feel rushed or boxed into a decision.
What is sloping in excavation?
Sloping is a term that refers to a safety function when working in trenches. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that all workers in trenches 5 feet deep or more, must be protected by a trench protective system, such as sloping, shoring and shields. Sloping is digging the trench walls at an angle that slopes, thus preventing or minimizing the possibility of a wall collapse.
What is benching an excavation?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that all workers in trenches 5 feet deep or more, must be protected by a trench protective system. Benching is a method of protection in which the walls of the trench are shaped like a set of stairs (or benches). This gives the trench the appearance of a set of stairs going up. This design prevents possible trench wall collapse and is similar to the slope method.
What is a trench excavation?
Trench excavations are when earth is removed leaving an underground excavation site that is deeper than it is wide, with the trench being no more than 15-feet wide. These can be used for pipes, cellars, highways, drainage systems, or any other appropriate functions.
What is an open excavation?
Open area excavation is the removal of an area of land, usually done one layer or strata at a time. Strata layers are used to measure time and are an essential tool in archaeological digs. During a dig, a layer will be removed for digging up or searching for fossils or other research data. This method preserves the strata.
Deep excavation is generally considered digging down to a depth of 15 feet or more. These excavations require critical planning, and will usually require retaining walls to keep the site structurally sound.The deeper you dig, the greater the danger, so it becomes even more critical to plan and execute these excavations carefully.