The home building process may vary from parish to parish and builder to builder; be sure to ask your builder about his/her specific policies and procedures.
BCB Construction LLC & The St Romain Team, Gardner Realtors can help you through the process and make building your dream home a memorable experience!
Pictured from left to right: Merissa Lopez (The St. Romain Team), Michael Boudoin (BCB Construction LLC), Mandi Tregle ( The St. Romain Team)
STEP 1 Prepare site – Time to bring in the dirt! Using a backhoe and a bulldozer, your builder will clear the lot of rocks, debris and trees for construction. Your builder will have the lot leveled to ensure proper drainage, put up wooden forms to serve as a template for the foundation, and dig the holes and trenches for plumbing. It won't be long before you see real progress!
STEP 2 - Form the Foundation Now that the dirt is poured and leveled, it is time to build the foundation. The footings are dug, formed and poured; the area between them is leveled and fitted with utility runs (e.g. plumbing drains); and the slab is poured. We should start seeing some real progress.
Step 3: - Pour the Slab Once concrete is poured into the holes and trenches, it will need time to cure. During this period, there will be no activity on the construction site.
After the concrete is cured, the next step is framing.
Step 4: Time for framing: The walls and roof are being framed (collectively known as the shell or skeleton of the house). You can now see the floor plan. Now is the time to pick out the Brick color, Light Fixtures and Cabinets.
Step 5: All Closed up: The doors, windows and roof decking is installed. The house can now be locked up and start working on the electrical. Time to pick out the brick.
Step 6: Complete rough framing: The shell or skeleton of the house is complete. The roof and the bricks are complete so it is time to lock it up. At the same time, the electrical and plumbing contractors start running pipes and wires through the interior walls, ceilings and floors.
Sewer lines and vents, as well as water supply lines for each fixture, are installed. Bathtubs and one-piece shower/tub units are put in place at this point because there’s more room to maneuver large, heavy objects.
Step 7: Finish interior trim: Interior doors, baseboards, door casings, window sills, moldings, stair balusters and other decorative trim are installed, along with cabinets, vanities and fireplace mantels and surrounds. Walls get a finish coat of paint. It is starting to look finished.
Light fixtures, outlets and switches are installed and the electrical panel is completed. HVAC equipment is installed and registers completed. Sinks, toilets and faucets are put in place.
Step 8: install exterior driveways and walkways: Generally, exterior driveways, walkways and patios are formed at this stage. Many builders prefer to wait until the end of the project before pouring the driveway because heavy equipment (such as a drywall delivery truck) can damage concrete.