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"how to Build a House" Process Analysis

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The Idea might be scary to some people and thrilling for others. Building a house

gives a sense of accomplishment and a realization of self perseverance. A house can be built 3 ways: the right way, the wrong way, and the cheap way. Cheap is the medium between right and wrong. Most houses are done the right way, where professionals work together to build an in demand product. If not a professional there might be a slight risk of doing the project the wrong way. Even thought I will explain how to build a house by no means can or should my outline be a reference for professional building. Years of experience are needed for a house to be built the right way. But I do suggest trying this at home on a smaller note of course.

Besides the technicalities of professional building, everyone can simply understand the basic processes for the planning and building of a house. Building requires a strong idea, time and a sharp mental wit. Some people are very creative with their building. A homeless man with duct tape and cardboard can make a grand structure. Tearing out a wall in a trailer and making an addition to the building is always helpful in expanding a room. Building a complete and new building from nothing more than imaginative thinking, materials and some good old hard labor is a task like no other.

A great first step to building a house or anything in particular is letting imagination out of its hole and releasing it on the project. Find the type of building and proper size wanted, perhaps in a familiar neighborhood, or let imagination do the work. Talking with an architect and a civil engineer about the project and having them create the idea on paper according to code is necessary. Such code is required for inspections of the building and its progress.

Location is the key to a successful structure for lighting, view, seclusion and space. Once with the proper location for your structure, take a long line, stakes, nails and a trusty hammer to attach and lay the line for the layout of the house. The layout of anything as defined by Webster's dictionary is "The plan or design or arrangement of something laid out." Square the lines with tape measuring and adjust the line accordingly. Once the building is square, one can begin to set the forms needed for the foundation. This is particularly difficult, especially since the slightest hair off the mark could be a huge mistake.

Once the forms are set up perfect, have a concrete truck pour concrete for the foundation walls of the building. Afterwards don't walk on, or take the forms off the foundation wall for 24 - 48 hours. Take the forms off and get ready for the fun part. Bolt screws will be sticking out of the concrete which is what attaches "batter boards" to. These serve as a anchoring of the structure. Taking beer break is strongly preferred before beginning to build the house.

So now that the foundation is set up, call up a few good carpenters and ask for some help. The first step of the framing of a house is setting floor joice, which are 2x12 in. boards running every foot across a floor. Sheet the floor with thick, tongue and groove sheeting. Once done, there should be a sturdy floor where one can begin to build walls on. Take a chalk line, measuring tape and a friend and make lines on the floor where your walls are going to be. The blue prints will tell the exact location, thickness and structure of the walls. Build the walls on the ground, making sure to put the studs in the right spots and accompany windows and doors with king studs, trimmers and cripples. With a team of a few good men, lift the walls up and nail them in place. Square the walls with each other and make sure not to drop the wall!

While constructing a house it is important to finish the small tasks that will give a finished look to the project. This can include things like making sure all the sheeting is on the walls and that its nailed off properly, cutting out windows and door openings and always cleaning up small scraps of wood that litter the ground. If there are any changes that need to be made or personal preferences that need to be added, the plans can be revised with time and money.

Before doing anything else, this is a good time to make sure



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