Swithenbank Construction

Construction Stages

Foundation

The foundation is the concrete structure that supports the entire house. The time required to build a foundation varies depending on the size, the city's inspection codes and the geographic location. In Denver, for example, frost zones must be considered while, in California we have to think about earthquakes. Soil conditions, integrity of the ground, government requirements, wind, and the size of the home need to also be taken into consideration. Ultimately, a structural engineer determines the best foundation system for the home. Then we set the forms, pour the foundation and install rough plumbing.

Framing

The frame is the skeleton of the home. The materials used can vary. In the past framing material has been wood, however some newer and greener options are available, such as Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) or metal. Windows and fireplaces are placed in the frame and, in some cases, wall paneling. This phase generally takes between 4 - 8 weeks.

Rough Mechanicals

If the frame is the skeleton, then the rough mechanicals are the internal organs of the home. During this phase, air-conditioning, heating, ventilation, plumbing, and electrical wiring are introduced to the structure. If there are any special security systems, central vacuum, or pre-wiring for a stereo and entertainment centers, installation takes place at this point, as well. Typically, the owner and their construction team do a walk-through on the site, to verify that all the rough mechanicals selected are in the planned/desired locations.


Finishes

This is the midway point of the building process. The finish is the skin of the home, including drywall, siding, roofing, concrete walls, the driveway, and all major interior and exterior surfaces. All of these finishing touches really help the house start to look like home. Countertops and cabinets are installed, the house is painted and stained. Tile is laid in the kitchen and baths, and any additional plumbing and electrical projects come to completion.

Trim Out

During this phase, the home becomes recognized as it was designed and the owner is able to really imagine the future they’ll create. The team installs faucets and sinks, light switches, towel bars, doorknobs and all of the small hardware used on a daily basis.

Finals

Any minor adjustments take place now, such as window screens, drywall and paint touchups. Occasionally an owner may find this is when the flooring, such as carpet and hardwood is installed as well, in the interest of protecting the flooring.  The house is ready for the final walk-through!

Final Walk-Through

After hard work, patience, and a lot of teamwork, it's time to do the final walk through. The owner gathers with our team to inspect the premises.

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