CONSTRUCTION TERMS EXPLAINED
This is the beginning of the construction process. The site is cleared and digging commences to prepare for the drainage and foundations. This stage covers all ground works up to the damp proof course level of the property. It encompasses the installation of all appropriate services such as drains, water, gas and mains electricity and the construction of the concrete floor.
Superstructure refers to all the construction works which occur after the completion of the foundations and sub-structure works to damp proof course level. This stage includes the construction of the walls, installation of the external doors and windows.
This is the term which refers to the stage where non load bearing walls (and staircases where applicable) are installed in the property. This stage also includes the installations of plumbing and heating as well as the wiring of the electrics.
At this second fix stage the kitchen is installed. Also all sockets, light fittings and switches are fitted to complete the electrical installations. The plumbers will also install bathroom suites and other sanitary ware together with the central heating system. Internal joinery works; doors, skirting, coving etc are also finalised at this time. All ceramic tiling to floors and walls is also completed at this stage.
This stage includes painting to walls ceilings and woodwork. If you have either bought your home off plan or early in the construction cycle, you will have the opportunity to customise some of these items by choosing from a range of colours.
At the finals stage all door furniture is installed together with the installation of kitchen appliances, light bulbs etc. In addition, final checks are carried out to be the electrics and plumbing.
This includes laying the driveway, footpaths and patio areas to the property where appropriate. It also includes landscaping of the front gardens including lawns, trees, and shrubs.
At the Familiarisation of the property the sales manager will guide you through your new home. This will include a run through of all the services including the positioning and operation of kitchen appliances, the central heating system, location of electric points and all meters along with all appropriate warranties.
On day of completion a sales representative will meet you at the property for handover of keys.