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The Steps of Designing & Constructing a Building

May 9, 2017

The Steps of Designing & Constructing a Building

In any building process, there are steps that need to be followed. This is to ensure that nothing is left out, and whatever you’re building is as strong as it should be. The list below isn’t followed in the exact same manner by each contractor, but they are the guidelines to each contractor’s building process.

The Design Process steps are as follows:

  • Funding needs to be given towards the building
  • Brainstorm with different funders and executives from other companies about building plans
  • Negotiate with City Planner about building plans, and request permission in the specified area.
  • Rough sketch some ideas and conclude which idea is the best
  • Present ideas to company executives

Integrated Design Process

When interviewing architects to execute the building idea once it has been approved. It’s always good to ask architects “how to” questions so you know that they’re capable of doing the job. The following steps are then followed by the architect:

  • Architect draws up schematics for consideration
  • Have meeting- talk through design goals
  • Schematic refinement
  • 3D model
  • Develop drawings for City
  • Permit process – this is basically the architect/s getting a go ahead from the city council about the building idea.

Once a go ahead is given, contractors can now begin with the construction process, the steps are as follows:

  • Break Ground
  • Excavation
  • Foundation
  • Concrete Forms
  • Pour Foundation Wall
  • Concrete Slab Pour
  • Gravel
  • Water Barrier
  • Rigid Foam
  • Rebar (and PEX tubing for radiant floor heating)
  • Pour Concrete for Slab
  • Utilities
  • Sewer, Electrical, Water, Gas
  • Framing
  • Balloon Framing
  • Sheathing
  • Roof
  • Stairs
  • Windows
  • Roofing
  • Weather Resistant Barrier
  • Rain Screen
  • Rough Plumbing
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Lighting and Electrical
  • Ambient
  • Task
  • Accent
  • Perimeter
  • Air Sealing
  • Insulation
  • Spray Foam, Blown-in Insulation, or Batt Insulation
  • Drywall
  • Sheetrock, Mudding, Sanding, Primer
  • Siding
  • Flooring
  • Tiling
  • Painting
  • Cabinets, Shelving
  • Finish Plumbing
  • Finish Electrical and Lighting
  • Certificate of Occupancy
  • Modifications

Companies like Valostar Steel Construction are specialists in designing and constructing any project, irrespective of size and complexity, according to industry standard building requirements.