building foundations

Building work starts

Finally it is time to move onto site…

Services and utilities on site

Get your site utilities set up. Both you and your team will need shelter, a kitchen and bathroom on site in order to work productively.

Site access

Prepare the access of the site so it’s suitable for the heavy machinery and delivery lorries to safely come and go.

Dig the foundations

When all of the above is complete you can finally get on with your build and start to dig the trenches and foundations of your new home. It is now that you will start to get a feel of the dimensions of your build as you will see the layout of the ground floor rooms.

Prepare oversite

In most styles of build the next stage requires concrete to be poured into the foundations and a solid ground floor established and prepared.

Going up

Once the ground-works are complete it is time to go upwards. For a block and brick construction the walls will be completed up to the first floor and this will be put in place before going up again and finishing with the roof. For a frame construction it’s likely that the frame will be completed all the way to the roof before the walls are filled in. The time-scale for this stage will vary greatly depending on the construction method and if any parts are pre-fabricated. But whatever the construction method your house will take shape terrifyingly quickly now, after the painful slowness of all the previous paperwork.

The roof

Once the walls are in place and any wall cavities filled with your chosen insulation, it’s time for the roof to go on. The framework may already have been in place, or this will happen now, along with whatever finish you have chosen, such as tiling.

Topping off

Once you’ve made it this far it’s time to get your whole team together, have a brief break and pat yourselves on the back. You might like to indulge in a topping off ceremony to celebrate the final bricks and tiles being in place in your building.

Make weather-tight

Now you can see the main body of your new home is complete it’s time to make it weather-tight. Your door and window suppliers should be ready to deliver on time so that this landmark phase goes smoothly and quickly. Putting in the windows is always nerve-racking and relies heavily on all parties following your exact measurements. After this stage is complete you can start to breathe again as your building is safe from the elements and looking more like a home than a building site.

Finish the external

At this stage you will still have the scaffolding up, so get the outside of the house finished while it’s still there. Put up the guttering, add any decoration such as rendering and painting. Rendering may also be necessary to ensure your home is completely watertight and insulated, depending on the type of construction.

To find out what happens next, look out for the next article in our “Self-build Timeline” series of blogs.


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