You’re probably not one of those folks who’ll clear a gorgeous lot in the mountains, buy a log package and construct a house with some buddies on weekends. Instead, you’ll hire a general contractor (GC) or builder to do the tough work of creating an architectural legacy. Which means that you don’t necessarily have to be Bob Vila when it comes to your masterpiece—you simply need to have an understanding of what needs to happen during each phase of construction. Here’s our breakdown:
1. Prep the Home-Site
2. Log Raising!
3. Roof System
4. Interior Framing
5. Electrical and Plumbing
6. Finishing Touches
The electrician completes the circuits and installs circuit breakers. The HVAC subcontractor sets heating and cooling units and final ductwork, then installs registers and wires the thermostat.
Meanwhile, trim carpenters hang interior doors and set trim and hardware around the home’s doors and windows. These carpenters also are responsible for the final details of the home, including the stairs, railings and moldings.
Outside, the excavator returns to complete the final grading. After the site is graded, it’s ready for sod or seed and landscaping, and a subcontractor can install gutters and downspouts.