Home construction is a process that goes through several important stages. Most people are familiar with the basics – design stage, acquiring permits, and the very construction. What most of us fail to understand, at least until we are forced to, is that our work is still far from over even when the last brick is laid. Let's take a look at a couple of finishing touches that should help you reach a better understanding of what lies ahead and how to seamlessly make this final step before your house is ready for moving in.
Laying down the floor
Floor installation is a very messy process that can cause a lot of wall damage and produce tons of debris. That is why it’s generally accepted that, out of all finishing works you need to tackle in a house, laying down the floors should be the first. Later, you can cover them with some kind of protective material and continue the work. Just don’t forget to buy at least 10% more flooring and let the wood acclimate to humidity for at least 48 hours to prevent future wrapping and cracks.
Installing an HVAC systems
HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems have slowly become something a 21st-century household can hardly function without. Some people realize that sooner, some later, and every afterthought can cost you a lot of nerves and wall breaking. It will be your job to factor in all the elements that make this system up (air conditioning units, vents, and ducts) into design early on so the finishing phase can go as smooth as possible.
Finishing electrical works
Much like with HVAC, doing later electrical works (installing light fixtures, electrical outlets and switches) is much better while your house is a clean slate. This process can take several days for smaller houses, and between a few weeks and a few months for larger homes. Important thing to keep in mind is that certain countries, such as Australia, enforce very strict regulations concerning DIY electrical works. That's why it's best to contact licensed Sydney electrician professionals, because it’s not worth risking the safety of your crew or the home owners by working with inexperienced, unlicensed personnel.
Moving in the kitchen elements
The kitchen elements can be divided into two groups – the first would be cabinets and counters, while the second are sinks, toilets, and faucets. You should deal with them in roughly the same order. Also, this is the time when the plumber needs to install the water heater. The way you can make all this easier and speed up the work is to timely examine the municipal lines and have the plan for hooking up to city water supply and sewer prepared in advance.
Wall trimming and painting
Now, when all important building blocks are in place, and there’s no more need to purposefully damage the walls, it’s time to smooth out all the rough edges and start painting. Keep mind this, though – although it sounds menial, the job of identifying the damage, and smoothing out the wall surface can sometimes take you up a whole day so start early. As soon as some element is in place, you should immediately start trimming the area around it.
Moving in the furniture and carpeting
This one is pretty self-explanatory. What you should know is that, no matter how careful you are, some unexpected damage will always occur. Also, you may feel that some of your original ideas simply aren’t working so you’ll need to start from the scratch. That is why you should keep a decent amount of building materials, paint and floor varnish securely stored as a backup.
These six tasks are something you need to take into account when doing finishing touches on your house. So factor them in into the schedule and pay attention to the details that are mentioned above. You are just a couple of steps away from moving in. Make them pleasant and carefree.