Before beginning any project, it is good to have a plan. But using a construction schedule during your build is CRUCIAL! Doing a task out of sequence in this arena will at minimum be a pain or at the other end of the spectrum, may cost you thousands. The construction schedule will help you stay on track with the seemingly endless "to do" list that is spread over several different phases of the project. Plus, being an owner-builder means you are your own general contractor, and as such, need to schedule and track all the subcontractors. Once created, the timeline of events will help you manage all this important information in one place.
As a client of Home Builder Assist, you can choose the package that contains a one year subscription to the most popular construction management software in the industry provided by BuilderTrend. The residential construction schedule is already uploaded and ready for our clients to simply insert their own start date.
There are too many factors to list that may impact your construction schedule for a residential home. At least consider the ones listed below:
The following list contains the broad strokes, in other words, the major tasks in order of what needs to begin first. This gives a rough idea of what and when. Keep in mind that every schedule will vary based on several factors. The length of time listed below will also vary depending on circumstances, subcontractor availability, weather, etc.
Go through the permitting process. Clear your lot and make it construction ready. Submit your house plans to any existing homeowners association for approval. Seek out and secure a soils engineer to test the ground. The foundation engineer will need this information for the design. If the lot needs a septic system, you may use this time to install. But be mindful that you should not drive over the leach field after installation.
Using the engineered foundation plans, pour the footings and foundation. Make sure to obtain a foundation inspection to ascertain it has been constructed using the correct material and was poured to the correct thickness. Getting the foundation wrong is not an option! The inspection should also include verifying the necessary vents and waterproofing has been installed.
For two-story homes, it is best to frame every level at the same time. Sheathe and shingle the roof. Once the floors, walls and roof have been framed in, it is time to install the exterior finishes. This will protect the interior from the elements.
Now the fun begins. Hire the electrician, plumber and HVAC companies to install these critical components. Once the systems are compliant with all regulations, install the insulation. Then have the drywall completed to finish this phase.
Paint everything necessary. Finish the floors; whether carpet, tile, hardwood or acid staining. Install the doors, cabinets, trim, molding and any other interior finishes chosen.
Install light fixtures, kitchen appliances, counter tops, plus all the outlets with their plate covers. Then complete the final electrical and plumbing work. Simultaneously, be working on the landscaping and any other exterior work that needs to be completed. Schedule a final inspection.