Friday, March 18, 2016

Know Your Home Construction Team

Behind every successful home construction is a team of talented professionals who worked hard to make it happen. Building your own home is an exciting process to getting the house of your dreams, but it is also a detailed process and there are many steps involved. Making sure that these steps occur in a well-planned sequence involves finding the right professionals for the job. The various key members of the construction team complete their own elements and hand off to the next contractor in line for the next element. They all work under the direction of one project manager or construction superintendent.

Project manager
The job title varies depending on the company you choose to handle the construction, but there will always be a key team member who acts as the overall team manager or the construction superintended. They are also called the construction or field manager. This project manager is often highly qualified in each phase of home construction making them an important element in the entire process. They work closely with each contractor, building product suppliers and other key employees. This is the person to go to when you want to find out the overall state of things in the construction process, whether things are on schedule, quality control and if you have any concerns about the implementation of your architect’s building plans.

Architects sometimes work for the construction team or in an independent architectural firm. These professionals create home design plans. They can create a new plan or tailor a previously used plan to your needs. This is the person to talk to if you have any special design ideas such as open kitchens, bigger baths, higher ceilings or spiral stairways. They will implement your design ideas into the blueprints of the house in order to create something that meets your standards and desires.

Sales consultant and designer consultant
The sales consultant is very knowledgeable about the home construction process as well. They will help you understand various approaches towards construction for energy efficiency, standard options and upgrades to your home. They can help you select one among the various model homes that the builder creates. Once you have settled on the model and signed the purchase contract, the designer consultant will help you choose the various colors, flooring, ceilings, doors and other home finishing that will give your house the unique individuality and style you are looking for.

Trade contractors
These professionals are responsible for the different stages of the construction process. They will raise the home construction from ground up. The duties performed by trade contractors include, but not limited to:
  • Site preparation
  • Foundation building
  • Framing (exterior walls and Roof)
  • Exterior siding
  • HVAC and insulation
  • Electrical and plumbing work
  • Drywall and ceilings
  • Painting
  • Interior trim and cabinetry
  • Flooring and countertops
  • Driveways and walkways
  • Landscaping
There are also inspectors involved in the construction process. The first inspection occurs before the drywall is hung and another one before you move in. This inspection ensures that your home meets the local building code requirements, which varies depending on your location.

Posted By: Bruce Johnson Residential Construction

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