Most home buyers have a lot of questions about the construction of their home, at Midhaven Homes we are here to answer your questions or any concerns you may have. The construction of a new home differs from other manufacturing processes in several ways. By keeping these differences in mind, you can enjoy participating in the construction process and assist us in building your new home:
- As a consumer, you rarely have the opportunity to watch as the products you purchase are created. Your new home is created in front of you.
- You have more opportunity for input into the design and finish details of a new home than for most other products. Our success in personalizing your home depends on effective communication.
- Because of the time required for construction, you have many opportunities to view your home as it is built, ask questions, and discuss details.
A new home construction site is exciting, but it can also be dangerous. Due to hazardous conditions and potential dangers on the construction site, we ask that you to refrain from visiting the construction site unless you have a scheduled appointment with site personnel. All visitors must wear the applicable safety apparel (including hard hat and safety boots, provided by Midhaven Homes).
Phase One: Pre-construction
Once you have decided on floor plan for your new home and the Purchase and Sale Agreement has been signed, Midhaven Homes starts the process of finalizing the construction drawings and applying for the appropriate building permits. The building department of the city where your home is to be located must review and approve the plans and specifications for your home. We construct each home to comply with the plans and specifications approved by the applicable building department. Your specifications become part of our agreements with trade contractors and suppliers. Before any construction begins, a Pre-Construction meeting is arranged. This meeting is to meet with you, the homeowner and the production manager to review and confirm the final plan drawings and specifications. This is also a good time to ask any questions about your new home and the construction process.
At this time, we will contact you to begin making your colour selections at our design studio ―deciding on flooring, tiles, cabinets and so on. While it will be weeks before these items are installed, they must be ordered early to prevent delays later.
Phase Two: Foundation
Your house is staked out and the land is prepared. Often, the topsoil is removed and piled elsewhere for later use. Excavation is done, and the footings (concrete slabs to support the foundation walls) are formed and poured. Water, electricity, telephone and cable services may be brought in at this time.
The foundation walls are erected (poured concrete in temporary wooden forms). The foundation is damp-proofed. Weeping tiles are installed to drain ground moisture away from the house. A municipal inspection of the foundation will be conducted before the outside perimeter is backfilled.
Phase Three: Framing
Exterior walls, interior partitions and the roof are assembled. This usually means erecting a framing skeleton and applying an exterior sheeting. Frames are built on the floor, one wall at a time and then lifted in place. Roof trusses are brought to the site ready for installation, and roofing is completed as quickly as possible to prevent accidental damage as work progresses on the lower parts of the home. Windows and doors are installed. The aim is to get to "lock-up" as quickly as possible to protect the structure from the elements. Electrical and plumbing services are roughed in, and ducting for heating, cooling and ventilation is put in place.
At this time, the municipality will complete a structural inspection to ensure that the home is being built according to building code requirements. Electrical and plumbing inspections will be conducted as well.
Phase Four: Interior and exterior work
For the next several weeks, a great deal of work will happen inside and out, much of it at the same time, or overlapping. Proper scheduling is key to smooth progress.
The exterior walls and the roof are insulated, and a vapor barrier is applied. Brick, stone or siding will be installed on the exterior of the house according to the house specifications. Heating and cooling systems are installed, including fireplaces. All pre-wiring is installed and the walls are insulated. Another municipal inspection take place to ensure this work has been done properly, before the drywall is installed. At this stage Midhaven Homes will schedule a Pre-Drywall Site Visit with the homeowner. The purpose of this pre-drywall site visit is for the buyer to see firsthand how the home is coming along, orient them to the building process, and make sure any structural customizations are in place.
After this is completed the drywall is installed, taped, mudded and sanded. The walls and ceilings are painted, flooring is laid, and kitchen and bathroom cabinets are installed. Plumbing and electrical fixtures are put in, trim is applied, and interior doors are hung. Once the interior trim is installed you will have an After Trim site visit, which allows you extra time to take any measurements you might like for curtains etc.
Siding is applied on the outside, along with eavestroughing, and porches and decks are installed. Final lot grading is done, and the driveway and walkways are installed.
Expect several days during construction of your home when it appears that nothing is happening. This can occur for a number of reasons. Each trade is scheduled days or weeks in advance of the actual work. This period is referred to as “lead time.” Time is allotted for completion of each trade’s work on your home. Sometimes, one trade completes its work a bit ahead of schedule. The next trade already has an assigned time slot, which usually cannot be changed on short notice.
Phase Five: From near-completion to hand-over
At this point, final inspections will be completed by the municipality and electrical inspectors. Midhaven employees and subcontractors are busy completing the final touches and cleaning up. One week prior to closing, you will be asked to do a Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) orientation of your home with a Midhaven customer care representative. After the PDI any last-minute touch-ups will be performed before closing. The ductwork for the heating system will be professionally cleaned and a final clean of the home will be performed. On the date of possession, if required, we will perform a Closing day PDI with you to make sure you are satisfied in every way with your new home. Closings normally happen in the afternoon, but they can happen earlier at your lawyer's discretion. Once you have closed, you may pick up your keys and closing day care package from the head office and the home is now yours!