Building A House - The Steps Involved

A house is a building that is made for individuals to live in. It is a solid and permanent building that is intended to remain standing for decades, if not centuries. In the past, many buildings were single story structures that were created from materials such as wood, straw and natural rocks. As time has progressed, so have the very houses we live in.

Building a house takes time, money and effort and can prove to be one of the most challenging things a person can ever dream to do. Not only is building a house an arduous task in its own right, getting the correct planning permission, structural design and jumping through hoops to get through the red tape can prove to be just as stressful.

Building a house obviously starts from the ground up, so the first thing that will happen is that the foundations must be laid. These usually also use secure ground rods which can go as deep as 30 feet, depending on the type of land the building is to be erected on.

Once the foundations are in then the structure of the house can be started. Many modern day buildings now use steel frames on which the rest of the house is built around. Think of these as the bones of the building, providing rigidity, support and strength. Once the steel frame is in place the assembly f the brickwork can begin.

Many modern buildings also employ the use of prefabricated walls or prefab walls as they are commonly known as. These are parts that are already constructed with windows, doorways and vent holes and can be installed quickly. Many prefab parts connect together like a jigsaw puzzle and remove the need for brickwork; they also usually contain insulation, which removes the need to have the home insulated at a later date.

Once the ground floor walls are in place the floor beams will be put in and the upper floor can then be constructed. It is usually around this time that the roof is put in place and the upper walls are completed. Windows and doors are fixed in place and the house can easily be recognised as a house, although it still remains as an empty shell.

Now that the outer structure is completed and the floors are in place, the interior walls can be installed and the rooms created to the design specification. Load bearing walls would already be in place, so the addition of other walls is purely used in the creation of the rooms. As soon as the walls are in place then wiring and plumbing can be finished before walls and ceilings are plastered and primed ready to be painted.

The house will now resemble a fully finished building and fixtures and fittings such as lights, switches, kitchens and bathrooms can be installed. Normally, flooring is installed last, so carpets or wooden flooring will be laid throughout the property. The final steps are the exterior of the building which may have cladding placed on it, the driveway built and any garden walled or fenced off.

Constructing a house can take anywhere from 6 months to several years, depending on the size of the building, the process used and any local council guidelines that need to be followed. While it can be a daunting task, the end result is what makes all of the hard work worth it.

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