Construction Process

There’s a lot to know about the building process, and Wood River Builders keeps you informed and involved throughout your home’s construction. Read on to learn the steps involved in building your home.

Before Construction Begins

Construction most often begins 30-45 days after you sign the Earnest Money Contract. It can be subject to potential holdups such as local government approvals, construction backlogs, utility availability, changes requested by the homebuyer and time for independent inspections. The most common cause of delay is usually poor weather conditions.

The Construction Process

Homesite Preparation

  • Permits and approvals are secured from the local building authority.
  • Wood River Builders determines where your home will sit on the homesite.
  • Your home’s position and orientation (“right” or “left”) is determined by such factors as terrain, drainage, utility easements, and municipal requirements for setback and side yards. Due to technical requirements, Wood River Builders assumes sole discretion for home placement.
  • Your homesite is surveyed and marked to show final positioning.
  • The land is cleared of obstructions, and the soil is prepared for construction.
  • Existing trees may be removed from the homesite as necessary, based on state and local laws and sound building practices. Wood River Builders does not accept responsibility for the life of existing trees.
  • All of our foundations are designed and inspected by a licensed professional engineer.

This is one of the most important stages of construction. All of our foundations are designed by a licensed professional engineer and are inspected by a technical representative of the engineer before and during concrete placement. During this phase:

  • Plumbing and electrical undergrounds are installed.
  • Beams are trenched and poured.
  • The vapor barrier is put in place.
  • Reinforcing cables are installed in the forms.
  • Concrete is placed to complete the foundation.
  • Lot grade is established.
  • Reinforcing cables are stressed.

After the foundation is in place, the structure is ready to be framed, a process that normally takes one to two weeks. During this phase:

  • The framing for each floorplan is individually engineered to meet structural requirements
  • Wood studs, beams, floor joists and/or floor trusses, and rafters are used to create the skeletal structure of the home.
  • The exterior walls, interior walls, and roof are erected.
  • Frames are inspected per local requirements.

Exterior Trim
Once this stage is completed, the house is considered “dried in.” In this stage:

  • Exterior foam sheathing is applied.
  • Windows and exterior rear doors are installed.
  • The eaves, fascia, and overhang are built.
  • Siding goes up.
  • Roof decking and shingles are put into place.

Mechanical Rough/Insulation
During this stage:

  • Wiring and cables are installed, including electric, alarm wiring, RG6 cable, telephone, and plumbing lines.
  • HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) equipment and ducts are installed.
  • Polycel insulation is added to all exterior corners, plates on the first floor, doors and windows, and penetration of wall plates common to the attic.
  • Once the mechanical systems are installed and inspected, insulation is placed in the exterior walls.
  • Mechanical systems are inspected per local requirements.

Now your home is beginning to look less like a construction project and more like a home. In this stage:

  • The sheetrock, also called drywall, is installed.
  • It is then taped and floated to cover fastner holes and seams.
  • Texture is applied to the walls.

Interior Trim
The trim stage focuses on the fine carpentry details that finish a home. During this stage:

  • Bath and kitchen cabinets are built and/or installed.
  • Moldings and baseboards are installed.
  • Interior doors are hung.
  • Stairs are installed (where applicable).

During this stage:

  • Interior painting, caulking, and staining begins.
  • High-grade enamel is applied to all designated trim material.
  • Exterior painting is done.

Mechanical Trim
During this stage:

  • Plumbing fixtures are installed.
  • Electrical fixtures are installed.
  • The HVAC compressor and thermostat are installed.
  • The HVAC components are matched for maximum efficiency.
  • The alarm keypads and control panel are mounted.

Final Touches
Now, many of the final details can be added to your home. During this stage:

  • Mirrors are hung.
  • Ceramic tile and wood floors (where applicable) are installed.
  • All final paint and stain is touched up.
  • Any remaining floor moldings are installed and painted.
  • Carpet is installed.

Grading and Landscaping
Once the interior of your home is complete, we focus on the outside. Then it’s time to transition the home over to you, its new owners. In this phase:

  • Sidewalks, driveways, patios, and fencing are installed (where applicable).
  • Your home is again inspected by the local building inspectors (where applicable).
  • Your new home is now ready for the homeowner orientation, closing, and move-in.