Learn How to Build a House

Quick Building Checklist

  1. Excavate the land.
  2. Prep site and pour footings, slab, etc.
  3. Frame: Exterior, interior, roof.
  4. Rough-in plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, and insulation.
  5. Install siding, roof composite, etc.
  6. Install interior drywall, electrical outlets, cabinets, counters, and appliances.
  7. Finishing touches on trim, light fixtures, mirrors, shower doors, and interior doors.
  8. Walkthrough of final product, hold final payment on work done until satisfied.

Your Steps to Success

Step One

Construction Loans

There are many resources for funding your new build.

A technique is to purchase the land and use it as collateral to acquire your construction loan. Typically, your construction loan will be paid out in segments where you can pay the work that has been completed at a specific phase. *Phases are typically when an inspector comes out to check major landmarks in the building process. The funding can be tied to these milestones.Ste

Step Two

City Planning and Zoning

Before you start doing anything, you must confirm with the city or county about planning and zoning ordinances.

Step Three


Draw up a floor plan or lay out yourself. This will give an architect a great place to start.

Hire an Architect to draw plans and site map to submit to city and or county for your build.

  • Do you need “Grading and Drainage Plan”: If yes, you’ll need grading and drainage surveyor.
  • Get setbacks based on your zoning (ex. R1-35) to understand where your structure can be built.

During Plans, you’ll need to include:

  • HVAC Plan or “Mechanical Plan”, air distribution and layout needed. This shows everyone how and where the airflow will be, and venting placements.
  • Truss Company for “Truss Culps” but could get a waiver and get inspected during “framing inspection”. Regardless, you need to ensure that you have a full understanding of your truss layout for your framers. 
  • If you need to place a Septic: Contact your County Planning and Development for permit approval.

Step Four

Submit plans to city for permit approval.

Step Five

Prep Building Site

Excavate: This is where you dig and compact the soil in stages to ensure you have a solid foundation before digging footings and pouring your foundation, or stem walls for a crawl space structure. *Usually there is an inspection is required.

Step Six


  • Framing: This is a relatively quickly stage where your framers will look at the plans and build according to your original layout. *This is typically where change orders come into play, so make sure you are involved with the framing stage to avoid any additional cost. It is twice as expensive to correct a mistake than to do it the correct way from the beginning. *Usually there is an inspection required. 
  • Plumbing: Once walls are up, plumber can tie into the in-ground plumbing that was done prior to pouring your foundation. If you have a crawlspace, plumbers will come in after and tie into the bathrooms and kitchen layout.
  • Electrical: Once walls are up, electricians will run wire for all switches, and outlets. *This is a good time to literally place your outlets in the location you want them to be. Think about where you intend to place furniture once you move in. 

Step Seven

Finishing Touches

This is the time to pick out all your final touches such as light fixtures, window covers, appliances, and all the “things that make home feel like home”.

Step Eight

Certificate of Occupancy

This is when a inspector will come and ensure the structure is safe for someone to occupy. Once this is complete, your final draw/financial disbursement is complete.