New House Interior Finishes
Stage 1 – Doors and Windows Installing doors and windows is typically done after framing is completed and it includes flashing and installing locks and other related hardware. We found that putting in the doors after the framing is done allows you to see things in a more finished fashion, which sometimes might motivate you to change your mind about the windows and doors you will use. Usually, this takes a few days to one week. Carpentry work that needs to be done include jamb extensions and trim. Interior air sealing of gaps around the doors and windows can be done by a skilled contractor at this point as well.
Stage 2 – Electrical Rough-in, Plumbing, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) Plumbing, heating and electrical rough-in all occur after the framing is complete and takes approximately 2 weeks when a licensed electrician and team is hired to complete the work. Electrical and communication lines such as, computer, TV cable, and telephones lines along with alarms are roughed-in.
The planning phase of this stage can take over 30 hours and what is great is that you can customize the different layouts to fit your needs. If you decide to do any of the electrical rough-in yourself, double the time it would take a licensed electrician to do it. There are a variety of wiring codes and rules you must follow exactly and so studying this can take a while.
Tubs, bathing and shower enclosures are installed and plumbing is brought from the service connections. Plumbers will typically run all of the sewer pipes that will be covered by concrete during the pouring of the basement floor. This can take up to one day. Ducts are put into place for exhaust fans and the furnace is put into place. Rough-in for the HVAC takes approximately 3 days. During this time, we ran the gas lines to different areas in the house (such as the fireplace, kitchen, and the laundry room).
Stage 3 – Exterior Finishes, Insulation, Air and Vapour Barriers When performing the installation of insulation it is important to protect it from possible moisture damage which can be caused by wind-driven rain. Installing air and vapour barriers is also done during this time and can be combined with detailing around penetrations, fixtures and outlets. The exterior finishing stage includes stucco, brick and siding in addition to soffit, fascia, eavestroughing, down-sprouts and window and door caulking. Staining, painting, and exterior trim and millwork is also done during this stage. The length of time to complete this stage ranges from 1 – 2 weeks depending on the type of finish that will be used on your building.