Wednesday, April 27, 2011

6. Framing

The home is now being framed.  It will take less than 2 weeks to complete the framing of the entire home.

This is the construction site with all of the materials ready to frame the home.

Steel Beams - Since the home has some large rooms with 
tall ceilings, steel beams are needed to hold up the upper floor.

Floor Joists - These are horizontal boards laid on edge and rest on beams that 
provide the main support for the floor. Subflooring is then applied to the
 floor joists, and then the flooring is installed on top of that (wood floors, tile, carpet, etc).

Here is a view of the basement framing from inside the home.

This is a view of the basement being framed.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

5. Suspended Slab

The home is being built with a Suspended Slab garage. This means that the area beneath 
the garage is left open and will be added to the square footage of the basement.  
The Suspended Slab added an additional 704sqft to this home.

Many people use this space for their home theater since all of the walls are solid concrete and keep 
the sound in.  It can also be used as a game room, storage or anything else the home owner desires.

The Suspended Slab here was designed under the 2-car garage.
See it outlined in orange below:

Monday, April 18, 2011

4. Foundation Walls are up!!!

Now the foundation walls are completed.  See the detailed pictures below to learn more:

Foundation Walls are now ready for framing

The black tar is a damp proofing that is applied on all foundation walls.
This seals the foundation walls and prevents water seepage.  

Cold Storage is included in every Candlelight Home.  
This is the entrance to the cold storage under the porch of this home.

This shows a portion of the cold storage just inside the door shown above.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

3. Forming the foundation walls and pouring the cement

Here you see the forms for the foundation walls that have been erected. 
They are now ready for the cement.

Here is the pump truck pouring the cement to create the foundation walls. 

Pump trucks are used when the cement truck can't reach the area to be poured.

2. Digging the Hole and Pouring the Footings

The first step in building the home is digging the hole and pouring the footings. 

Before digging the hole we anticipated running into bedrock based on the terrain.  Sure enough, we hit bedrock about 8 feet down and found that the bedrock continued across the entire floor of the home (see below).  This home will be sitting on one sturdy foundation.

See the footings with the re-bar sticking out.  They are now ready for the foundation walls to be poured on.

Friday, April 1, 2011

1. How To Build A Parade Home

The Architectural Design is set, the Parade of Homes application is complete, the Building Permit is in. We are ready to break ground!

Welcome to the first ever blog on How To Build A Parade Home by Candlelight Homes. We hope you'll enjoy following the process of building a home for the Parade and even help us make some fun design decisions like color selections, product types, and style choices.

And of course, there will be some big giveaways and prizes along the way. So put on your contractor's hat and stay tuned for the excitement. Don't forget - at the end of this process, you will actually get to walk-through the home you helped design!