If you’ve been imagining your dream home for some time, you’re probably wondering what the first step is to make that dream a reality. Building a house is an exciting project, but it requires many decisions and even more patience. To help you get started, here’s a step by step guide to the stages of building a house.

If you’re ready to design your dream home, the team at The Anderson Studio of Architecture and Design is here to assist you. Contact us today to get started.

Figure Out Your Financing

The first step in building your dream home is doing a careful analysis of your current financial situation. Make a list of your needs versus your wants, and put together a budget. Leave room for surprises and additional fees on top of the design and construction of the home, including permit and loan fees, taxes, and insurance.

Finalize The Location

The location of your new home is just as important as the design and floor plan. Before you can start the planning and design stages, you have to finalize a location and make sure the home you plan to build complies with local building regulations and zoning laws.

Plan and Design

The plan and design stage of home building can be the most exciting, but it can also be the most time-consuming. This is where you put all of your ideas down on paper and work with professionals to make them a reality. This could require hours and hours of brainstorming, planning, drawing, and decision-making. To simplify the process, work with an experienced team member from the Anderson Studio of Architecture and Design. Our extensive skill and knowledge of home design cuts the stress out of this step so that you can simply enjoy creating your home!

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Land Prep

To move forward with building your dream home, the land you choose must be prepped for it. This means digging trenches, installing utilities, and clearing the area to get it ready for construction.


Things start to feel real once the foundation of the home is poured. Depending on where you live, you may have a crawl space or foundation poured before the rest of the house. A close inspection of the foundation is required before any further building can be done.


Next to go up is the framing of the home. As the framing goes up, it becomes easier to see the layout and shape of the house. Typically, the framing process includes sill plates, studs, and floor joists.

Plumbing, Electric, and HVAC

Once the floor and frame have been set, it is time to install the home’s major appliances. This includes the plumbing and electrical systems, the HVAC system, and heating and cooling ducts. Because each feature has to be signed off by a local inspector, this stage of the house building process can take more time than some of the other stages.

Insulation and Drywall

Your house starts to really look like home once the installation and drywall are installed. At this point in the home building process, what was once an open slab of concrete with basic framing begins to look like the home you’ve been dreaming of. Drywall panels are hung with screws and are painted and primed.

Interior and Exterior Finishes

The home continues to take shape when the interior and exterior finishes are installed.

Interior finishes include the following:

  • Baseboards
  • Counters
  • Cabinets
  • Vanities
  • Bathtubs
  • Window sills
  • Doors

Exterior finishes include items such as:

Fixture Installation

As you inch toward the completion of your dream home, it is time to install fixtures. This includes light switches, faucets, light fixtures, hardware for cabinets, and other small details that make a big difference in the form and function of the home.

Flooring Installation

Whether you choose tile, hardwood, carpet, or other flooring materials, this is the part of the process where the flooring is installed.

Final Inspection

As the building process comes to a close, a final inspection has to be done to ensure the home is safe, livable, and meets all legal zoning and construction regulations. A local building official will walk through the newly constructed home to check all aspects of the build. If the structure passes inspection, you’ll receive a certificate of occupancy.

Final Walkthrough

The final walkthrough gives you one last chance to walk through the home with your builder and fix anything that you’re not completely happy with it. This could be electrical outlets that don’t work, damaged drywall, or fixtures that aren’t hanging or installed correctly.

Contact The Anderson Studio Today

We hope this step-by-step guide on the stages of building a house helps get you started! If you’ve been thinking about building a new home and want to take the first step, contact The Anderson Studio of Architecture and Design today.

Our experts will walk you through each stage in the home building process, answer all your questions, and create the custom home you’ve been dreaming of. We’re here to make your vision possible, and we look forward to working with you!

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