Part 1

By Todd Delahunt – Delahunt Homes, Portland Oregon

Ever wonder what steps your custom home builder goes through to deliver you your dream home? Well wonder no more! In this series of articles, I will give you a general overview of what the process is that custom home builders face. Building your new custom home is exciting, especially when you understand how the process works.

However, keep in mind the custom home building process may vary from region to region and builder to builder. Remember this is your house, and you have the right to ask you custom home builder what his or her specific policies and procedures are.

Prepare Site and Pour Foundation:

The construction crew levels the site, puts up wooden forms to serve as a template for the foundation and digs the holes and trenches. Footings (structures where the house interfaces with the earth that supports it) are installed.

Often, site preparation and foundation work are performed by the same crew, but this may not be the case with a wooded lot. The custom home builders crew will use backhoes and bulldozers to clear the site of rocks debris and trees for the house and, if applicable, the septic system.

If your custom home has a basement, this is where the whole for it will be dug, and footings are formed and poured, and foundation wall are formed and poured. This will need time to cure, during this period there will be no activity on the construction site.

First Inspection:

The city Inspector ensures foundation is up to code and installed properly.

If you would like to see the next step in the process to building custom homes, have a look at the post in this series by Delahunt Homes.


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Delahunt Homes is a residential, custom, luxury home builder serving the Portland Metropolitan area and other parts of the Pacific Northwest. We've been building custom dream homes featured in The Street of Dreams since 1992.
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