Do you know the different buildings plans needed to build a house or the names of the different people involved in the process? Know what footings are used for, or what HVAC stands for? Any idea where you should use drywall, or which type of insulation works best in your area? If you know the answers to all of these questions, see if you have what it takes to ace this home building quiz!
Your house is your most valuable asset. Not only does it protect your family and belongings, but it also keeps you dry, warm and comfortable no matter the weather. Even more importantly, the house is the center of family life -- a home where memories are made and family bonds forged.
Of course, all that homeyness doesn't come cheap. A 2017 report by the National Association of Homebuilders estimates the cost of building an average home at $428,000 -- with $238,000 of that going only to construction costs and materials. Knowing how a home is put together, and the steps involved in the process is a valuable skill, whether you're planning to build your own home or simply looking for the best way to maintain the home you have.
Think you know what it takes to transform dirt, concrete and wood into a family home? Take our quiz to find out!
When you're in charge, you're officially the GC. Those that you hire are the sub-contractors.
You always need a permit, no matter where you're building. There are always local regulations to contend with.
General contractors charge anywhere from 15-25 percent. That means that you're saving a lot of money by being your own GC.
The plan, in terms of building a house, is the top view of the layout. You'll see the rooms, the dimensions, plumbing, lighting, etc.
A surveyor is going to start by staking out your lot. That means that they're going to outline the property boundaries. This is where it all begins.
It's necessary to have a roll-off dumpster to handle the debris while building. Having a Port-a-potty ain't a bad choice, either.
It all begins with the foundation. Once you start pouring concrete, you're at the point of no return. Be sure that you want to build this home.
The footings are where the house and the earth interface. This is part of laying the foundation for the home.
While the cement is curing, nothing else can happen on this site. This is very important for it to cure properly.
An inspector must come in after the foundation is set. This is absolutely necessary before you can begin rough framing.
These are all types of foundation. Each one is set in a very different way. Creating a basement is probably the most labor intensive.
The floor, wall and roof systems of your home are known as the shell. They're sometimes also called the skeleton.
Sheathing is covered in what is called house wrap. This keeps moisture from coming into the house, as well as moisture escaping.
Tubes and ducts are installed before wires. You do this because it's easier to run wires around pipes than vice versa.
You got that right, didn't you? HVAC is an important component to any home. A series of ducts will be installed.
Once the roof is applied, the house is considered dried in. This is when an electrician can begin to install wires, lights, etc.
These things will comprise inspections 2, 3 and 4. The inspector will check to make sure you're in line with building codes.
Once the house is built and things are installed, you can go ahead and seal it with insulation. This is important for the comfort and energy efficiency of your home.
These are all forms of insulation. Which material you chose is going to depend upon what your weather is like, and where you live.
This covers the seams on your walls. Drywall can also be textured if you so choose. Exterior finish is done around the time that you're finished with drywall.
People like to pour the driveway towards the end so that it doesn't get damaged. Heavy equipment can ruin a driveway.
Once you pass the final inspection, you receive a certificate of occupancy. Be sure to frame that!
By understanding how water moves on the site, you can prepare for drainage. Knowing how to properly drain the land should be accomplished before laying a foundation.
Yes, you absolutely want to get construction insurance. There are three types you'll need: course construction insurance, general liability insurance and workman's comp.
You'll need all these permits and many more! You'll also need an HVAC permit and perhaps an impact permit.
The Estimated Cost Breakdown is essential when building a home. This breaks down the total cost of construction, including foundation, lumber, heating, painting, etc.
Site workers prep the land for laying the foundation. This can be helpful when you don't have time to do it yourself.
Bricklayers are actually responsible for laying the foundation. You definitely want to make sure that you have a good team for this.
A structural engineer is responsible for determining how thick your foundation is. They take into consideration the height and load of the proposed structure.
These are the items that are used to create building lines. You want to use a building level to make sure these lines are square.
Both of these comprise the two most common floor types. They are slab-on-grade and pier and beam/joist.
Potable water is drinking water. You'll need to make sure that pipes for potable water are installed in your home. It's pretty crucial.
Yes, you can build a mini house in your backyard but you'll need permission from your local council. Then you can build a mini-house!
Actually, you can build your own home, but it's going to take a serious amount of time. It's best to hire professionals to help.
These are all methods of giving more support to your home when the land isn't good. But it's best to start with good land.