The custom home in Charleston is designed and all of the selections have been chosen, now what? After designing and customizing your home’s interior and exterior features comes the most exciting part of the home design process – the building of the home itself!
Once all of the permits are obtained, construction starts with site preparation and foundation work. The site is cleared of any rocks, trees and debris to make way for grading. This is critical to the rest of the home build. The site of the foundation must be level in order for the rest of the home to be level. Once level, the Generation Homes team uses wooden forms as a foundation template, digs holes and trenches and installs footings to support the home and prevent settling. Concrete is then poured to create a solid foundation for the home. While this part of the home building process is more technical, it is the part where we lay the foundation for your future dream home to last a lifetime!
With the foundation set, it’s time to frame! Before a house becomes a home, it starts as a shell consisting of wood boards and beams. The floor is generally the first part of the home to be framed, followed by the walls. The interior and exterior walls are assembled on the floor and raised into place while the roof is framed overhead. Doors and windows are installed, and sheathing is applied to the exterior walls and roof. Once the framing and sheathing is finished, the structure is covered in house wrap to protect it from the elements and prevent potential mold or rot. At this point in the process, you can really start to see how the home is going to look in the end. The outline is there, and you can start to picture how every member of the family is going to fit in perfectly in your new custom home in Charleston.
Plumbing and electricity are necessary in any home. After the shell is complete, the home’s plumbing and electric lines are run through the exterior walls, floors and ceilings. The ductwork for the HVAC system is installed, as well as sewer lines for the home and water supply lines for fixtures like tubs, sinks and showers. Start picturing how great the drop-in, clawfoot or corner bathtub is going to feel after the long building process is complete. We recommend picking out your favorite books, soaps and candles to prepare!
Of course, we can’t forget about our client’s future energy savings and home comfort during the building process. Most new homes use insulation material such as fiberglass, foam or cellulose. The home’s insulation is applied to its interior and exterior walls along with crawl spaces, attics, basements and floors. Not only will this insulation provide homeowners with a comfortable indoor climate, but it will also improve their home’s energy efficiency. Creating comfortable homes designed to last and perform at max efficiency is what we do best; at Generation Homes.
The best part about building a custom home in Charleston with Generation Homes is that you are just as much involved in the building process as we are. Through our hands-on building approach, our clients are provided new photos and details of their home’s construction to make sure they are kept up-to-date on all progress made. This way, we can answer any questions you might have and create the best home possible for the whole family to enjoy.