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Building Process

What to Expect When Building Your Wolverton Home!

The following is information to help you understand the step to step building process to your dream home. This notes the step, an explanation, and the duration of the task. Please be advised that not all durations are fully accurate and most are weather permitting.

Building Permit
  • Explanation: A building permit is an official approval to proceed with a construction project. It is intended to ensure that the project plans comply with local standards for land use, zoning and construction. These standards are intended to ensure the safety of current and future owners and occupants and enforcement of zoning and land use policies. Wolverton Homes will submit the building permit application to the city for approval before any construction can begin.
  • Duration: 1-2 weeks
Concrete Excavation
  • Explanation: Excavation is the preliminary activity of the construction project. It starts from the pits for the building foundations and continues up to the handing over of the project. During this time the lot is excavated to prepare for foundation.
  • Duration:  1 day
Concrete Foundation
  • Explanation: The foundation of a home or building is essential to the value and safety of the structure. During this process forms and rebar are set to pour the concrete for the footings and walls.
  • Duration: 3 days
Concrete Flatwork
  • Explanation: During this time the area for the flatwork is dug-out and 4” of gravel is compacted.  Then forms are set up to complete the flatwork for your garage, sidewalks, patios, etc. The driveway is the most important area of concrete flatwork, due to it and carries the most weight. Patios and sidewalks are typically poured at the same time as the driveway.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Explanation:  Framing is one of the most exciting phases of the construction process. During the framing phase you will watch the house take shape. Most people get very excited when the framing is done, thinking that the house is almost built. In reality, the house is only about one-third complete. The framing must be accurate. If the framing is poor quality, the drywall won’t be flat, the floors will squeak, and doors will not close correctly. The job of the general contractor is to make sure the framers follow the plans and the building code.
  • Duration: 7-14 days
  • Explanation: The roof is formed with pre-manufactured trusses or stick-built on-site. Trusses are built off-site. They are delivered to the site and hoisted onto the walls using a crane. Trusses are strong, install quickly, and can be built to almost any roof design. They are engineered to sustain a live load, dead load, wind resistance and snow load. Once the trusses are completed the roof is then covered with felt paper and 30 year shingles.
  • Duration: 3-4 days

Rough-ins Begin

  • Explanation: Rough-in plumbing is the process of installing vent, sewer connections as well as water lines for your home. This is one of the first necessary steps in constructing your home. Once the rough-in is completed, the plumbing will be inspected.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Explanation: The Heating, Ventilation & Air-Conditioning (HVAC) is installed by a crew of specialists over the course of single day. The furnace and air frame unit is installed in the attic of our two story home to take up less floor space than a garage, or in some cases, basement install.   The Air ducts and return air ducts are run throughout the house from this central location.   Small spaces that look like unused or “dead” space behind closets during the framing process are actually the channels that the ducting for the first floor will utilize.  In addition to the Furnace, the compressor for the Air Conditioning is pre-wired on the outside of the house and all of the tubing is run from the air attic to that location.  Once the rough-in is completed, the HVAC will be inspected.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Explanation: The electrical wiring rough-in process is performed while the walls are bare and no insulation has been installed.   Each circuit, be it for lights, light switches or outlets, is routed throughout the house’s frame through a series of holes drilled in the 2x4s and joists.  This is the part of the process that you may want to double check that the outlets, light boxes, switches and canned lights are in the correct place, as moving them after drywall is considerably costly and time consuming. Once the rough-in is completed, the electrical wiring will be inspected.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Explanation: Insulation is one of the most important aspects of your homes energy signature.  Insulation, at its core, prevents the transfer of heat and cold between two differing environments or surfaces. Once the insulation process is completed the home is inspected.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Explanation: The Drywall process is where the inside of the house takes a significantly more completed form.  The drywall, or sheetrock is an engineered product that replaced plaster as the most common interior surface. Step one of this process involve cutting the drywall pieces to shape to cover every surface that requires it from walls to ceilings.  The drywall is cut for windows, doors and outlets throughout the house with precision.  It is then attached with Nails or Screws to the studs, typically every 12-18 inches. After the drywall is roughed in to the house, the seams and screws are mudded. This process involves running joint compound, putty-like substance in-between all of the seams and over the blemishes and screw heads. After several days of installation, applications of joint compound and sanding, the final smooth sanding process occurs.
  • Duration: 7-14 days
  • Explanation: The next major step for the exterior of the house is the stucco, siding, and rock. During this time the Exterior selections you have chosen for your home is installed.
  • Duration: 7-14 days
Garage Doors
  • Explanation: The garage door is installed in a few hours.  This garage door is an insulated steel door from the Overhead Door Company.  We opted for a remote control keypad to be installed on the outside of the garage door to allow easy access to the house if we are ever locked out, yet providing a secure barrier to entry.
  • Duration: 1 day
First Trim
  • Explanation: The trim materials installed here may include the door casing, base mould, window stool and apron, window casing, chair rail, crown mould, stair railing parts, and others. This step also includes hanging the doors.
  • Duration: 2-3 days
  • Explanation: The paint crew arrives to begin the task of painting every wall and ceiling in the house.   The first step of this process is putting a base-coat down over the finished drywall. All of the cabinets, tubs and showers are covered with drop cloth to prevent paint from splattering and the basecoat is applied. This process takes the paint-crew an entire day to complete. After the base-coat is applied, the paint crew returns and begins filling in all of the blemishes on the walls surface with joint compound. This process smoothes the walls out nicely and will make for an excellent, flat surface to paint on. A coat of the final paint colors are applied to the walls and the trim.
  • Duration: 3-5 days
  • Explanation: During this time the type of flooring you have selected in your home is installed. Depending on the type of material, the length of instillation can vary. (Carpets, vinyl, laminate, hardwood, tile, etc.)
  • Duration: 7-14 days total
Cabinets and Countertops
  • Explanation: The Cabinets go up in a single day, though they do look very incomplete without the countertops. All of the cabinets are mounted to the studs in the walls for a strong and secure fit that will last for many years.  You will notice that the plumbing and electrical lines are also run inside the cabinet’s spaces for the additions of the sinks, outlets and other items that will mount to the finished cabinets. After the cabinets are installed the countertop instillation begins. Depending on the type of countertop that is chose for your home, the instillation timeframe can vary.
  • Duration: 3-5 days
  • Explanation: The subcontractor apply adhesive mortar and the tile to the walls, once this has dried, the tile installers come back to the house to grout all of the seams.  The seams are then sealed with a sealant and the surface of the tile is cleaned, leaving a nice, detailed Finish. Depending on the amount of tile throughout the house the timeframe listed below can vary.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Explanation:  During this time the walls and mirrors are measured before the placement and are then brought in and hung.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Explanation: The appliances arrive and are installed, completing the work on the house prior to the final walkthrough.  All utilities are on and the house is now complete.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Explanation: Wolverton Homes arranges for a full cleaning of your new home, this also included the garage to be pressure washed.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Explanation: Landscaping is a truly exciting thing to watch happen to your new home.  A final grading with heavy machinery takes place on your lot and the ground is lightly tilled so that grass seed can be sown.
  • Duration: 5-7 days