Ten Steps to a New Home

Thinking about a new house build can be an exciting prospect. Having your own home built to your requirements and specifications is a rewarding and fulfilling undertaking. It can also appear daunting, especially if you’ve never embarked upon such a project before.

Here, then, is a brief overview of the various stages involved in having a new home built. It is certainly not exhaustive and nor does it go into too much detail. It is merely designed to give you a flavour of the various elements involved.

  • Selecting the right site. You may know where you want to live; it is just as important to secure a site that can accommodate your needs.
  • Choosing a builder to work with. Unless you are planning to build the house yourself, it is vital to engage a knowledgeable and experienced building firm to work closely with you.
  • Designing and planning. Here, the proposed home is designed and planning permission and other consents are sought.
  • Land work and utilities. The new site will generally need levelling and utility connections will also be made at this stage.
  • Construction. Plans and proposals become a reality as the body of the new house starts to take shape.
  • First fix. In the first fix stage, internal walls are installed together with the wiring and plumbing that will sit behind the plastered, finished walls.
  • Insulation. Adequate insulation will help to keep you warm, reduce your energy bills and help the planet.
  • Interior finish. Walls will be plastered and floors will be finished.
  • Second fix. Interior spaces will be decorated and the loose electrical wires sticking out of holes in the walls and ceiling will be connected to light fittings, switches and sockets. Sinks and taps will be installed.
  • Snagging. A comprehensive review of the new house. Any problems and deficiencies are dealt with at this stage.

40 Years Experience

Of course, there is an eleventh stage: you move in to your new home.
Here at Conroy and Son, we have over 40 years experience of building new homes. If it is something that you are considering, do give us a call on 0800 3118 321 and we’ll be more than happy to discuss your plans with you.