You might have lived in any number of homes since you first started a family years ago, but have you ever given any thought as to how they were built? Are they all essentially the same underneath, or are some homes built better than others? Find some constructive answers by taking this home construction quiz.
The majority of all housing units in the U.S. are single family dwellings, a.k.a. houses.
In its simplest characteristic make-up, a house is a structure of some kind serving as a dwelling for persons or people.
Many steps of the process are done by subcontractors who work under a general, overseeing contractor.
Homes are all built on a foundation and this can take the form of a basement, slab or crawl space.
The sewer pipe is embedded within the concrete slab. This is done by putting it in place before the wet concrete is poured.
There are three parts in total: beams, walls and a slab inside the walls.
A crawl space is usually made of cinder block and a brick facing.
Houses aren't bolted in at all. They just sit on their foundations. Let's hope they sit still!
The walls are usually assembled flat on the ground. Once in order, they're lifted into place.
Some of the advantages of using trusses are that they're strong and less expensive than alternative materials.
Plastic stripping is stapled to the windows, as well as to the doors.
They usually cover it with tar paper, also called building paper.
Both extremes of temperature and direct sunlight cause vinyl to expand and contract.
P-traps are the solution for nasty fumes arising out of the depths of water pipes.
Rough plumbing is the plumbing basics for your home. It entails the installation of water and sewerage lines as well as bathtubs.
Electrical wires are clipped and capped.
Homes wisely use insulation in order to minimize the transfer of heat through the structure.
It's done using a spackling compound (or drywall mud).
They usually put a layer of homosote around the slab edges, and this allows the slab to expand and contract with the temperature changes.
The builder is responsible for this. He conducts a final inspection, noting down any problems on what's called a punch list. And, he doesn't pull any punches!