Home Construction in Calgary and Airdrie, AB
Building your home is a complex process, which starts with a plan on paper and ends with a beautiful structure that you’ll be proud to call your own. Construction is a multi-phase process that most often precedes home sales, but, first, a bit of planning must take place.
An architect will draw a plot plan for any new homes built. This scaled-down drawing shows the orientation of the structure compared to the rest of the property, indicating the position of the home and the distances of front, back, and side property lines from a house to meet the provisions of ‘set-backs’ found in municipal bylaws.
Regulators have additional controls on home builders. In addition to placement on lots, they enforce guidelines on mass of exterior elevations and the exterior finishes you can use. Exterior design details and colours are included in architectural controls as well. These controls change from lot to lot. If you choose a different lot, you may have to pick completely different materials and colours. These are just a few things to think of prior to construction.
Before real estate sales are possible, the process of building new homes consists of 5 main stages:
Stage 1 – Excavation and Foundation
At this point, your home is staked out and the land is prepared for construction. Excavation is completed at this time (the removal of topsoil for construction), and concrete slabs, which will support the foundation walls, are formed and poured. Utilities like water, electricity, telephone and cable might be brought in as well.
The walls for the foundation will be erected, insulated and damp-proofed. Weeping tiles are installed, which drain ground moisture away from the home. A municipal inspection will be completed before the perimeter is filled as well.
Stage 2 – Framing and Lock-Up
At this phase of the development, exterior walls are framed and covered in exterior sheathing by the home builder. The framework is built on the floor, one wall at a time, and then lifted into place. Roof trusses will also be brought in at this time and installed as quickly as possible to prevent accidental damage as work progresses on the lower areas of the home.
The windows and doors will be installed, as well as the basement floor. Rough-ins are completed for electrical and plumbing services and the ductwork for HVAC is also installed.
Stage 3 – Insulation/Drywall
The key to the next couple phases of Calgary home construction is proper scheduling (whether front attached, laned, side by side, or townhomes), as a great deal of work happens during this time period. At this point, insulation of the exterior walls and roof will be done, with a vapour barrier applied (to keep out moisture). Another municipal inspection will be completed as well, and then drywall will be installed.
Stage 4 – Finishing Interiors and Exteriors
The heating and cooling systems, including fireplaces, will be installed at this point. The walls and ceilings of the home are painted, flooring is laid, and the bathroom cabinets are installed. Final interior touches are completed: plumbing and electrical finishes are installed, trim is applied, and doors are hung.
The exteriors are finished at this phase as well; siding is applied, eavestroughing is installed, and porches/decks are built. The final lot grading will be complete, and the driveway and walkways will be poured.
Stage 5 – Pre-Possession to Possession
At this stage, prior to real estate sales, finishing touches and clean-up will be done. With Genesis, you’ll do a walk-through of your home, which is perhaps the most exciting part since you’ll get to see it for the first time. This is your opportunity to get anything fixed up or sorted out before you take possession.
Approximately 35 days prior to possession, you’ll receive a possession letter, and you’ll have a short to-do list before move-in day in Airdrie or Calgary. On the date of possession, you’ll be handed the keys—the home is now yours!
If you’re not familiar with some of the lingo we’ve used, check out our Construction Glossary.
Every home constructed by Genesis undergoes a rigorous schedule of quality control. Because we want you to be satisfied and proud of your home, we conduct thorough inspections throughout the construction process and at the completion of each construction stage. This guarantees each home builder has done their job according to our quality expectations.
Watching new homes come to life in Calgary is an exciting opportunity. As an Airdrie homeowner, you’ll want to see the progress of the house. At Genesis, we advise all our customers to schedule these visits through a Genesis representative. This ensures there are no safety and liability concerns, while still allowing you to see the progress of each construction stage.
Barriers to Home Construction in Calgary
This has been a quick overview of the construction process. As a potential new homeowner, it’s an exciting process to watch townhomes and other types of homes getting built. However, there are a number of factors that cause ‘normal’ delays in construction. Factors that can hold back the process include:
Weather: The weather in Alberta is highly variable, and cold, wet conditions can delay the construction of a home. We work to minimize such delays by putting a priority on enclosing the structure and connecting utilities as quickly as possible. This creates a protected work environment and allows home builders to focus on the interior.
Inspections: At each stage of construction, the appropriate authorities must inspect each property. Building, electrical, and gas inspections are routine and are considered normal delays. These must be scheduled and completed before construction resumes.
Coordination: Suppliers and sub-trades must coordinate delivery and construction work between each stage of construction.
Change: Design, location, materials, and other change orders can lead to delays. Architects, suppliers, and contractors must work to address any necessary changes and adjust delivery timelines accordingly.
Homes by Genesis Is Ready to Build the Home of Your Dreams
Genesis has been a leader in land development and home building since 1991. From choice to quality control, we handle the planning and new homes building process in Calgary and Airdrie. We are now one of the premier development corporations in Western Canada. Over the years, we have transformed lush land into vibrant and diverse communities for people from all walks of life.
If you have any other questions about our home building process or are interested in home sales, contact Genesis online, or call 403-265-8079, or register on our website today!