Construction Checklist

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Order of Construction

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  1. Correct set out of the building

  2. Excavate the section and lay the foundationsbricklaying.jpg

  3. Pour concrete floors

  4. Construct the framing

  5. Put the roof on

  6. Mount the windows

  7. Put on the exterior cladding

  8. Organise plumbing and wiring

  9. Fit insulation

  10. Put in the doors

  11. Install cabinets and interior lining

  12. Tile floors and walls

  13. Carry out final plumbing and electrical work

  14. Paint the house and complete any finishing work

  15. Lay the floor coverings

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The building work to be done will have been set out on the plans accurately, however, boundary pegs get moved accidentally (and sometimes deliberately) so make sure the house is set out correctly before building commences.

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Checklist

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1. Earthmoving and Excavation

2. Retaining walls

Excavation work inevitably means retaining walls.

3. Drainage and underground plumbing

3. Footings and foundations

4. Concrete Slabs

The concrete is laid on top of several things put in beforehand. There is a layer of compacted base course, a polythene vapour barrier, plumbing pipes and pipes taking electrical and other cable, in-floor heating and polystyrene insulation if required. The concrete needs to be cured and cut. There are additives that can be applied to the concrete to reduce cracking during or following curing; the concrete can be coloured, polished and/or ground.


Websites to visit for more information:

Cement & Concrete Association of NZ (CCANZ) - www.cca.org.nz

NZ Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NZRMCA)- www.nzrmca.org.nz

5. Wooden Flooring

Website to visit for more information:
National Flooring Association - www.nfa.org.nz

6. Framing

This is one of the most exciting moments in the project as the frames go up quickly and it looks like everything is happening. Bear in mind, however, that not much seems to change rapidly from here even though plenty of work continues on.

Website to visit for more information:
Frame and Truss Manufacturers Association of NZ - www.ftma.co.nz

7. Brick and Block Laying

Website to visit for more information:
Brick and Blocklayers Association of NZ - www.bbac.org.nz

8. Scaffolding

Website to visit for more information:
Scaffolding and Riggers Association of NZ - www.ftma.co.nz

9. Roofing

Roofing is another critical element of the project.

Website to visit for more information:

Roofing Association New Zealand - www.roofassn.org.nz
NZ Metal Roofing & Cladding Manufacturers Assn - www.metalroofing.org.nz

10. Window Joinery

Websites to visit for more information:
www.masterjoiners.co.nz
Window Association of NZ (WANZ) - www.wanz.org.nz

11. Plumbing

Website to visit for more information:
Master Plumbers www.masterplumbers.org.nz

12. Exterior Cladding

Website to visit for more information:
Claddings Institute of NZ (CINZ) www.cinz.co.nz

13. Weathertightness

Information supplied courtesy of BRANZ

Websites to visit for more information:
www.weathertight.org.nz

Weathertight Homes Resolution Service (WHRS)
www.weathertightness.govt.nz

14. Insulation

Insulation has a huge impact on the comfort in your home: in winter it helps keep your home warm, in summer it helps keep your home cool. Different products abound here, as well. The measurement of efficiency is rated in ‘R’s – the higher the better.

Websites to visit for more information:
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) www.energywise.co.nz
www.smarterhomes.co.nz

15. Wiring and lighting

Websites to visit for more information:
Electrical Contractors Association of NZ Inc (ECANZ)
www.ecanz.org.nz

16. Gutters and downpipes

More than an afterthought – gutters are the edging of a roof and can add to the look or detract.

17. Interior Linings

No sheet lining material has a surface that is perfectly flat and totally free of minor imperfections.  However, by paying careful attention to the design, the materials used, the lighting conditions and installation of the framing, linings, paint and wallpaper, small imperfections can be minimised.

Website to visit for more information:
Interior Systems Association of NZ (ISA)
www.potters.co.nz/isa.php

18. Heating and Airconditioning

Institute of Refrigeration, Heating & Air Conditioning Engineers of NZ Inc (IRHACE)
www.irhace.org.nz

19. Interior and Exterior Painting

Website to visit for more information:
Master Painters NZ Assn Inc
www.masterpainters.org.nz

20. Kitchen

Website to visit for more information:
National Kitchen & Bathroom Associations NZ Inc (NKBA)
www.nkba.org.nz

21. Bathroom

Website to visit for more information:
National Kitchen & Bathroom Associations NZ Inc (NKBA)
www.nkba.org.nz

22. Fencing

23. Decking and Paving

24. Rubbish Removal

25. Finishing: Final inspection and code compliance certificates

You will have the peace of mind of having the ‘final sign off’ on the  finished building in compliance with the Building Consent.

As nice as it would be, it never finishes here! There are always things to be done – touchups to work, things that didn’t get fitted into the original budget, changes to what was done originally, repairs to items that have broken in the meantime.
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Enjoyment and Ongoing Maintenance

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Maintenance Checklist

Ensure you maintain your house, now your home, regularly:

Finally, enjoy what you’ve achieved. The amount of time, effort and money you’ve spent on this project has been done so that you have something you’ll love. Take time to sit and look and enjoy what you’ve built. You’ve earned it!