A Step-by-Step Guide to the Home Building Process on Maui (continued)
2. Rough Framing Completion:
The walls, floor systems, and roofing systems being completed. This is typically known as the skeleton or shell of the house. Oriented strand board sheathing or plywood is then applied to the outside of the roof and the exterior walls. The windows and the exterior doors will be installed during this step. The sheathing is going to be covered with a house wrap, known as a protective barrier. The barrier will help to keep any liquid from penetrating the entire structure, but still giving water vapor the opportunity to escape. This process will help to reduce wood rot and mold.
3. Complete Electrical, Rough Plumbing, HVAC:
Now that the exterior shell is complete, the roofing and siding will be installed. This is when more workers will begin working together on the home site. The plumbing and electrical contractors will begin running wires and plumbing throughout the interior ceilings, floors, and walls. The water supply lines for all the fixtures, as well as sewer vents and lines will also be installed. One-piece showers and bathtubs will be put in place during this step because they are easily maneuvered into place without damage.
The HVAC contractor will begin installing all the ductwork throughout the house for the air conditioning (HVAC), heating, and ventilation systems. The HVAC venting pipes will be installed. Insulation will be installed in the walls, ceilings and floors.
Once the roof has been installed on the home, the house is now considered to be dried-in. This is the stage where the electrical contractor can now safely come inside the home and begin installing the receptacles, switches, lighting, and will run all those wires back to the breaker box. The wiring for music systems, cable television, and telephones are installed during this step.
The HVAC contractor will install the ductwork ahead of the electrical contractor because it is much easier to run any wires around the ducts.
Inspection 2, 3 & 4:
Plumbing, rough framing, mechanical and electrical systems are all inspected to make certain they are compliant to building codes. This usually involves three inspections. The least amount of inspections at this point will be to the framing and the mechanical/electrical inspections.
During this stage, the drywall is delivered to the job site. This is also known as wallboard, gypsum board, or plasterboard. The generic term used for drywall is typically called Sheetrock® (registered trademark from USG Corporation).
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