The house building process is gradual and intuitive. Confusion sets in once this is over and done with and you need to finish the interior. There’s a lot of work and not just that – you also need to know in which order to cater to the remaining tasks.
1. Pre-wiring and built-in systems
Before the walls and floors get a nice finish, you need to consider any systems you may want to incorporate. Are you going to use a security system sometime in future? Then make sure you’re catering the wiring at this stage and have it in place. This isn’t always compulsory, though. Check the options available – you could be going for a wireless system after all. Will you need a built-in vacuum? It is time to make the necessary space.
At this point you need to make sure you have all the electrical outlets needed to connect your home appliances, entertaining equipment and so on. Audio visual equipment installation may follow sooner or later, but it’s best to cater to your lines of power first.
Think of the electric load for the entire house and know exactly how many appliances you will be using, then prepare for TV installation, sound systems, home cinemas and more.
3. The insulation
To make your house energy efficient, you must install proper insulation. The main prerequisite is to have good framing in place. Then, clean the place up and start with a ploy vapor barrier on ceilings and exterior walls. Seal it around doors and windows and don’t forget basements and attics. At this stage you should also consider soundproofing if needed.
4. The mouldings stage
Mouldings are used to hide certain things or create accents. These are often employed to create and enhance doorways or windows. The best choice is paint grade material, which you can handle in a DIY project. Take your time or consult a specialist to understand the many moulding types available and choose a suitable style.
5. Painting works
Do this before you begin to bring the furniture to its place. Cater to the bathroom and the kitchen; then, you’ll have the green light for installing cabinets. Don’t go for the cheapest prices, these don’t go hand in hand with quality. In this case, more expensive means better. After all, you need reliable paint that lasts.
Don’t hurry with this task. Now is the time to schedule it. Don’t install tiles before you’ve painted the walls, you risk leaving stains that won’t go away. You may opt for having the tiles set before or after cabinet installation, it does not really matter that much.
Once you’ve completed these essential interior finish works, you may proceed to installing bathroom and kitchen fixtures and to bringing the furniture in.