You might be asking yourself, how is a custom home built? The steps below give a general outline for how each home is built in sequence. At times, one step must be completed before another can begin, however in most cases, many steps are overlapping as the home is being constructed.

  1. Permits
    Before any work can begin, you need the proper permits. Depending on your area, this can include a sewer connection permit, water permit, and a building permit (which may include state seal fees, inspection fees and a stormwater permit).
  2. Excavation
    All sites, regardless of the type of lot you have, need some type excavation work performed, whether it be simply stripping the land of valuable topsoil for post-construction use or digging trenches for basement walls.
  3. Foundation
    Once the land has been excavated, the foundation will be built. For residential construction in our area, the foundation is almost always made of poured concrete. The foundation typically starts by pouring concrete footers at the bottom of the trenches created during excavation. Then forms are placed on top of the footers to create a shape for the foundation walls.
  4. Framework
    Once the foundation is poured and has had time to cure (dry), the joists and framework for the floors, walls and roof are put in place. Once the frame of the home is set, the exterior walls are covered by a thin barrier, or "wrap" to protect against moisture and the elements. If a fireplace has been requested, the frame is set at this time as well.
  5. Windows and Exterior Doors
    After the roof framework has been covered, windows and doors are placed into their openings. These items are typically the first thing ordered when building a custom home as they can take up to 6 weeks to receive.
  6. Roofing
    Felt and shingles will be applied to the roof to provide protection from the elements for all upcoming interior work.
  7. Plumbing
    Rough-ins and pipework is next planned throughout the home. Placement of the water heater, water softener (if requested) and all fixture placements are determined.
  8. Electrical Wiring
    Wiring of outlets, wall switches, telephone and cable jacks, light fixture locations, location of heating and cooling units. If you are planning on installing an in-home sound system (in-wall or in-ceiling speakers), the location of the speakers will need to be noted at this time as well.
  9. Brick
    If you have opted to have any type of masonry product installed on your home, whether it be brick, stone, or a stone veneer product, it will now be applied to your exterior walls.
  10. Insulation
    Insulation is a key factor in keeping your home comfortable. Whether you select a standard fiberglass batt insulation or a more energy efficient BIBS insulations (Blown-In-Blanket System), it will be installed at this time.
  11. Garage
    The framework and coverings for your garage were constructed during the foundation and framework stages, however the cement floor to your garage will not be poured until this stage.
  12. Sheetrock
    Sheetrock, also known as drywall, is now ready to be installed. Once this is installed, plastering will take place to smooth out the seams in the sheetrock and cover and indentations left my drywall screws.
  13. Painting
    Once plastering has been completed on the sheetrock, the entire interior will be painted. This usually involves a paint that is applied with a sprayer which covers both the walls and ceilings. Walls can be painted a separate color from the ceiling, however extra cost is usually involved.
  14. Electrical finishing
    After the interior has been painted, chandeliers, sconces, pendants, ceiling fans, recessed lighting, ceiling lights, under cabinet lighting, and exterior lighting are all installed.
  15. Flooring
    You have many options for what you want underfoot in your home: hardwood, tile, carpeting, vinyl, laminate, stone, and cork. This is the stage where your new floors will be installed.
  16. Millwork with Custom Staining
    The trim you picked out earlier is now ready to be stained and installed.
  17. Custom Cabinetry
    Custom cabinetry in the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry, and any built-ins are installed. Plumbing fixtures are also installed. It’s really starting to look like home.
  18. Flatwork
    At this point, the driveway, sidewalk, patio and any other flat cement surface are poured.
  19. Final inspection
    A final inspection is done as a walk-through and the keys are turned over to you. Welcome to your custom home!

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LeMense Quality Homes builds custom homes featuring…

  • 2 x 6 construction, 16” on center
  • I joist silent floor system
  • R-45 attic insulation
  • R-19 sidewalls with moisture barrier
  • 3” Urethane foam in box sills to prevent mildew
  • R-11 insulated 26 gauge steel panels interior and exterior overhead garage doors including openers and keyless entry.
  • 8’ High R-5 insulated poured concrete foundation with 1” foam
  • Basement floor with vapor barrier
  • Basement roughed in for future bath
  • Radon reduction vented and sealed sump pump pits
  • All exterior flat work Re-rod with sealer
  • Dimensional 30 year shingle
  • Ridge vent attic ventilation
  • Aluminum seamless gutters with downspouts directly to the storm sewer when allowed
  • 8’ garage doors
  • Garage floor drains
  • deadbolts on all exterior doors
  • Insulated Low-E Anderson 400-series Windows with screens
  • High efficiency furnace (90+) and central air (13+ SEER) with a programmable thermostat
  • Energy efficient electric water heater
  • 200 amp electrical
  • All bedrooms wired for cable and telephone w/CAT 5 wiring
  • Smoke Alarms in all bedrooms, hallways, and basement
  • Soffit plugs for Christmas lights
  • Custom cabinetry
  • Maple trim, with 2 ¾” casing and 3 ¼” base
  • Solid paneled, Birch interior doors
  • Closet shelving
  • Detailed craftsmanship throughout

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GREEN PRODUCTS AND MEASURES MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

Every LeMense Quality Home can be delivered using a combination of energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and sustainable products and features. Our homes already focus on being energy-efficient, from insulation to window selection to HVAC.  Our attention to detail helps make sure your home will be durable and comfortable for years of enjoyment.

Below find many of the standards and options available to every customer:

Energy Efficiency

  • Insulated Low-E Anderson 400-series Windows with screens
  • R-45 attic insulation
  • R-5 insulated poured concrete foundation with 1” foam
  • R-19 sidewalls with moisture barrier
  • High efficiency furnace (90+) and central air (13+ SEER) with a programmable thermostat
  • 2x6 Exterior Walls to allow for better insulation
  • Insulated Low-E Anderson 400-series Windows with screens
  • Wisconsin Energy Star certification is an available option

Water

  • Water conserving lavatory faucets
  • Energy efficient electric water heater
  • Low-flow Toilets
  • Toilets with Dual Flush Technology
  • Tankless Hot Water Heaters
  • Energy Star Appliances

Air quality

  • Formaldehyde-free insulation
  • Ridge vent attic ventilation
  • Energy efficient bathroom exhaust fans
  • Low VOC paints available
  • 3” Urethane foam in box sills to prevent mildew

For more information about green building options, please visit the following websites:
Wisconsin environmental initiative – Green Built Home: http://www.greenbuildthome.org
Wisconsin Energy Star Program: http://www.focusonenergy.com/residential/new-home/
National Association of Home Builders: http://www.nahb.org/page.aspx/category/sectionID=206
Environmental Protection Agency Watersense program:  http://www.epa.gov/watersense/

"13 Easy, Inexpensive Ways To Go Green"
MSN.com
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Better Homes and Garden

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