Guide to Building a Home on Maui (continued)

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A Step-by-Step Guide to the Home Building Process on Maui (continued from part 2)


4. Insulation Installation:

The insulation helps to keep the home temperature comfortable, while providing an interior climate that helps to improve energy efficiency. The R-Value of the insulation, or thermal performance, helps determine how good the substance resists the transfer of heat. The majority of homes have insulation in the attic, exterior walls, and floors above basements that are unfinished.

The three most common types of insulation are foam, cellulose, and fiberglass. This is dependent on the climate, but your builder might choose to use concrete blocks, mineral wool, rigid foam or foam board, sprayed foam, structural insulated panels or insulated concrete forms.

Typically used in new home construction is blanket insulation which usually comes in rolls or batts. Other common types are blown-in or loose-fill insulation, made from cellulose, mineral wool, or fiberglass particles. Liquid foam insulation can be poured, injected, or sprayed in place. The liquid foam has twice the R-value because it fills in those areas and conforms much better than other types of insulation, creating a more effective barrier against air.

Mineral wool and fiberglass rolls and batts are typically installed in attics, side walls, basements, cathedral ceilings, and floors. Kraft paper is usually attached to the facing that acts like a vapor barrier or air barrier. The batts may have flame resistant facings if exposed in areas like basements.


5. Interior Textures, Drywall, Exterior Finishes:

The drywall is now being hung and then taped so those seams between all the boards are no longer visible. A primer coat of paint will be applied when the taping process has been completed. The contractor will begin installing exterior finishing like siding, stucco, stone and bricks.

6. Install Walkways & Driveway, Finish Interior Trim Work:

The builder will complete the installation of all interior doors, window sills, door casings, and baseboards. The contractors will install vanities, cabinets, and any other decorative trim. The interior walls get one final coat of paint, and wallpaper is installed if applicable.

The walkways, driveway, and patio are going to be formed during this step. This is completely up to your builder. Many prefer to do this as the job nears completion, where other builders install the concrete when the foundation is being poured. Consult with your builder to find out when they prefer to do this stage.


7. Exterior Grading and Countertop & Flooring Installation:

Wood, vinyl, and ceramic tile flooring are installed with all countertops. The grading to the exterior property will be completed at this stage to make certain the property drains well. The property will also be prepared for any landscaping to be done.

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