In a recent news post on this site, I discussed the various different stages involved in building a new home. By necessity, this was a very brief overview of the aspects that can go into building a house from the initial purchase of a plot through to completion and moving in. Here, I’ll further discuss two of these stages: first fix and second fix.
Once you’ve got your plot, engaged a builder and the foundations are laid, first fix immediately follows on. First fix is all the elements that go into making a house or an extension prior to plaster going on to the walls. In its simplest terms, it’s a lot of the things that you don’t see when you move into your new home. All the wiring that carries electricity to lights and plug sockets and the pipes that carry water into and waste out of your house are included in the first fix.
After the internal plastering has been completed the second fix stage begins. Here, wiring is connected to plug sockets and light fittings, sinks and baths are plumbed in and doors are neatly hung in their frames. As you would expect, this stage requires a higher degree of finish than the first fix.