4. Construction: the physical building process
Here’s where the house construction stages begin. Your new home will go through the house building stages (the construction stages).
The house construction stages include the base stage, frame stage (where we begin construction), lock-up or enclosed stage, fixing and fit-off stages, practical completion inspection (PCI) and the handover.
House construction stages of the building a house process
1. Base stage
The first of the house construction stages is the base stage (sometimes called the slab stage). This is where the block of land is prepared in order for us to start construction. This typically includes site excavation, underground connections being laid, and other preparation for the construction parts of the building a house process. It ends in the pouring of the concrete slab.
At this stage of the process, at OMNI Built Homes, we’ll install a temporary fence around the property for safety and security.
2. Frame stage
In this part of the construction process, the frame of your new home is now erected, per the finalised home drawings. This includes the wall frames, and the structural frame of your home.
This is where you’ll start to see your new home take visible shape.
During this part of the house construction process, Qualified Building Certifiers will ensure the structural integrity of the frame. This must be done before proceeding to the next stage.
3. Lock-up/enclosed stage
Windows, brickwork, and wall cladding are installed next in the building process, securing your home.
This is the part of the house construction stages where you can really see your new home ‘come together’. The focus now shifts to internal installations like insulation and plasterboards.
4. Fixing and fit-off stages
Some of the final stages of the house building stages are the fixing and fit off stages.
Internally, plaster is completed, and architraves, cabinets, and tiles are fixed into position.
The house is painted, and necessary fixtures are installed, bringing your colour choices and designs to life.
5. Practical Completion Inspection (PCI) (final inspection)
Before the final handover, a thorough walk-through is conducted to ensure quality. The practical completion inspection is kind of like a checklist to make sure that everything has been completed correctly, throughout the whole process so far, and everything has been done well.
At this part of the building process, we’ll walk through with you and show you all of the features and functions of your new home in person. It’s an exciting time, seeing all the plans brought to life and finalised.
Think of this stage like a final inspection before the official handover.
The most exciting of all the stages of building a house is the handover.
This is where you collect your keys and step into the new exciting chapter in your new home.