Construction Update: The Brownstones
Waiting for your new home in The Brownstones of Sage Meadows? Our construction crews are working hard to ensure the utmost quality in the home building process, so here’s an update of where we’re at in the development phase:
Block 5 units 54-74 began inspections this week, and following the completion of those, installation of insulation and drywall will commence. Units 78-94 in this building are undergoing mechanical rough-ins at this time. The next steps for those units will be inspections.
The rear garages of this building have now been poured as well, and next our crews will begin installing insulation around the perimeter of the building.
Block 6 Backfilling is completed around the steps in front of this building, next up will be to prepare and pour the concrete for the steps. This week our construction crews are also finishing up the installation of windows and doors on this building, next up will be mechanical rough-ins and staking of the garages.
This is part of stage two of the five stages of development we undergo to build a new home, it’s one of the biggest phases of construction so a lot of work is done at this time. Here’s a look at the process:
Stage 1 – Excavation and Foundation
At this point, your home is staked out and the land is prepared for construction. Excavation is completed at this time (the removal of topsoil for construction), and concrete slabs, which will support the foundation walls, are formed and poured. Utilities like water, electricity, telephone and cable might be brought in as well.
The walls for the foundation will be erected, insulated and damp-proofed. Weeping tiles are installed, which drain ground moisture away from the home. A municipal inspection will be completed before the perimeter is filled as well.
Stage 2 – Framing and Lock-Up
At this phase of the development, exterior walls are framed and covered in exterior sheathing. The framework is actually built on the floor, one wall at a time, and then lifted into place. Roof trusses will also be brought in at this time, and installed as quickly as possible to prevent accidental damage as work progresses on the lower areas of the home.
The windows and doors will be installed, as well as the basement floor. Rough-ins are completed for electrical and plumbing services and the ductwork for HVAC is also installed.
Stage 3 – Insulation/Drywall
The key to the next couple phases of construction is proper scheduling, as a great deal of work happens during this time period. At this point, insulation of the exterior walls and roof will be done, with a vapour barrier applied (to keep out moisture). Another municipal inspection will be completed as well, and then drywall will be installed.
Stage 4 – Finishing Interiors and Exteriors
The heating and cooling systems, including fireplaces, will be installed at this point. The walls and ceilings of the home are painted, flooring is laid and the bathroom cabinets are installed. Final interior touches are completed: plumbing and electrical finishes are installed, trim is applied and doors are hung.
The exteriors are finished at this phase as well; siding is applied, eavestroughing is installed and porches/decks are built. The final lot grading will be complete, and the driveway and walkways will be poured.
Stage 5 – Pre-Possession to Possession
At this stage, finishing touches and clean-up will be done. With Genesis, you’ll do a walk-through of your home, which is perhaps the most exciting part, since you’ll get to see it for the first time. This is your opportunity to get anything fixed up or sorted out before you take possession.
Approximately 35 days prior to possession, you’ll receive a possession letter and you’ll have a short to-do list before move-in day. On the date of possession, you’ll be handed the keys—the home is now yours!
If you’re not familiar with some of the lingo we’ve used, check out our Construction Glossary. Whether you’re waiting for your new home in The Brownstones, or are just interested in learning more about this project or the community of Sage Meadows, you’ll find more insight on our website here.