Construction Stages

Our Building Process by Stages

STAGE 1: Excavation

Construction begins with site excavation. Your home’s position is pegged on the lot and prepared for the foundation.

For designs with a basement or block wall construction, the concrete footing – the base on which your home’s foundation will rest – is poured, and when it’s set, a gravel fill is placed around the footing or under the basement slab for drainage.

STAGE 2: Foundation

Depending on the region your home is built in, your new home’s foundation consists of a slab, block or poured wall foundation.

a.    Slab construction

Formworks are set and an outline of the new home begins to take shape. Underground plumbing is installed and tied into the public sewer system. After a bit of prep work and floor insulation is installed, the slab is poured which creates the foundation for your home.

b.   Block wall construction

Concrete block is laid to create your new home’s foundation. Once set, waterproofing is applied and the garage slab is prepped and poured.

c.    Poured wall foundation

Concrete is poured into foundation form panels. Once the concrete is set, foundation waterproofing is applied, and drain piping is installed. Underground plumbing is installed and tied into the public sewer system. Next your basement slab is poured, and the concrete floors are finished.

STAGE 3: Framing

Framing is the stage where things really start to take shape. Many homeowners think their home is near completion at the end of this stage. Actually, we are still only about one third of the way through the construction process!

So while the stages beyond this one may seem much slower in progress, it’s because we are getting into the fine details which may not be apparent but are vital to your finished home.

In the framing stage, the subfloor, walls, structural steel, and roof structure are built, and your roof is installed. Window and door joinery are installed, and any backfilling around the foundation is done.

STAGE 4: Close In/Lock-Up

Cladding is the stage where your new home really starts coming together. You can now start visualising your ideas and dreams unfolding before your eyes.

HomeRAB ® Pre-Cladding is a rigid, cost-effective, quality alternative to building wraps. It acts as your home’s second line of defence, enhancing the weathertightness of your cladding, while providing both structural bracing and air tightness to your home.

The application of materials chosen at the planning stage are installed over another to provide a layer over the structural elements of your home.

Your site is graded for drainage and to prepare for the driveway, patios, paths, decks, and so on.

STAGE 5: Pre-Line

“Pre-line” is the term used for the mechanical portions of building including heating, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical.

This construction stage is a swarm of activity, as plumbing and indoor sewer pipes, your heating and ducts, and electric wiring for outlets and switches are installed.

Insulation is installed in the walls, and plaster board is staged in each room for future installation. Water, gas and electric utilities are also connected to your home.

Toward the end of this stage, the Builder will perform a pre-line review with you. This review is an opportunity to go over the work already done on your home and discuss work to be completed in the next stages.

STAGE 6: Linings

The lining stage of home construction shows progress rather quickly.
Rooms are separated and divided, giving you the visual effect of each space.

Plaster board is hung and finished, and the ceilings are insulated and lined.

Once the plasterboard is fixed to the wall and ceiling areas they are plastered to a Level 4 of finish, this provides a quality finish ready for painting.

STAGE 7: Finishing

The finishing stage is probably one of the most exciting stages. You’ll see many of the selections you made at your colour and interior consolation stage come to life.

This is when the kitchen and bath cabinetry are installed, benchtops, mirrors, shelving, interior doors and trims, stair rails, and many other detail features.

Kitchen appliances and hard flooring – vinyl, ceramic, and hardwood etc. – are installed, and both the interior and exterior of your home are painted.

STAGE 8: Practical completion

“Practical completion” are the visible portions of the pre-line items.

Plumbing hardware, such as tapware, showerheads, and so on, are installed. Switch plates, outlet covers, and light fixtures are put into place, as are your thermostats, outdoor air/heat pump unit, and any other finishing fixtures that are needed.

Carpeting is installed, and your site is finish-graded with top soil, seeded or ready lawn is laid.

This is generally an anxious time for many homeowners. Your home construction process is nearing completion and you are awaiting a finish date.

STAGE 9: Hand-over

During this construction stage, finishing touches are added, such as cleaning the windows, floors, baths, kitchen, and so on.

Building and Quality Assurance Inspections are scheduled and completed to ensure all of the finishing touches on your new home have been completed according to your custom architectural plan.

When construction is complete, we’ll meet you onsite and present you with the keys and all your warranty documentation. And it doesn’t stop there. If any issues arise after completion, we’ll come back and fix them.


Your RB built home is ready for you to move into!