Humanities › Visual Arts Four Months To Build A New House Share Flipboard Email Print LJM Photo/Getty Images Visual Arts Architecture Tips For Homeowners An Introduction to Architecture Styles Theory History Great Buildings Famous Architects Famous Houses Skyscrapers Art & Artists By Jackie Craven Art and Architecture Expert Doctor of Arts, University of Albany, SUNY M.S., Literacy Education, University of Albany, SUNY B.A., English, Virginia Commonwealth University Dr. Jackie Craven has over 20 years of experience writing about architecture and the arts. She is the author of two books on home decor and sustainable design. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Jackie Craven Updated January 29, 2020 Building a house is the easy part; planning home construction is the hard part. In these photos of a house being built, you'll see that most of the decisions already have been made. Take a look at some home construction pictures and put your mind at ease. October 8: The Building Lot Is Prepared Karen Hudson Karen Hudson and her husband had been staring at their empty lot for weeks. Finally, the builders arrived, and the excited couple began to photograph the construction of their new home. Karen, recalls the excitement of seeing the empty lot "tattooed" with forms showing the size and shape of their new home. These forms gave them a sense of what their finished home might look like, although this rough outline did prove to be deceiving. The concrete foundation footings outline where the load-bearing walls will be built. October 15: The Plumbing Is Installed Karen Hudson Before the builders poured the concrete slab, they put the plumbing and electrical conduits in place. Next, pebbles were used to fill in most of the space around the piping. And finally, the cement was poured. Modern homes generally have one of three types of house foundations; a full basement (finished or unfinished); a crawl space of limited height; or a concrete slab, where the house flooring is installed on top of the foundation floor. Some houses have combinations of these three, but this approach is usually found in older houses with additions and not in new construction. In very large construction projects, foundation design is an engineering art and specialty. November 1: The House Is Framed Karen Hudson After the foundation was "dry" (cured), the framing started to go up. This was done very quickly. The basic wood framing can be completed in a single day. After the framing, siding and roofing make the exterior look more like a livable house. November 12: The Walls Are Raised Karen Hudson Less than two weeks after the framing was started, the owners arrived to find that exterior walls had been raised. Karen Hudson's new home was really starting to take form. When the windows were in place, interior spaces became readily workable for the electricians and plumbers to continue their rough-in work. Carpenters then installed insulation around the utility work before the finished walls were put up. December 17: Interior Wallboard Is Installed Karen Hudson With the electrical wiring in place, the interior wallboard was installed with openings for switches and outlets. Drywall, a hard, concrete-type substance (gypsum, really) between paper sheathing, is a specific type of popular wallboard. Drywall panels come in a variety of widths, lengths, and thicknesses. Sheetrock is actually the brand name for a line of drywall products. A carpenter will use special nails or screws to attach the drywall panels to the wall studs. Openings are cut out for the electrical, and then the "seams" or joints between the drywall panels are taped and smoothed with a joint compound. January 2: Fixtures and Cabinets Are Added Karen Hudson After the walls were painted, the builders installed sinks, tubs, cabinets, and tile flooring. With less than a month until completion, the house was looking like a home. January 8: The Bathtub Is Put in Place Karen Hudson A "garden tub" for the master bathroom was installed before the final finish work. The ceramic tile came later after most of the interior was completed. January 17: The Home Is Finished With Brick Details Karen Hudson Once most of the inside was finished, the builders added finishing touches to the outside. A brick facade was installed on some of the exterior walls. Final inspections and landscaping took place. The House Is Ready! Karen Hudson After four months of construction, the new house was ready. There would be plenty of time later to plant grass and flowers out front. For now, the Hudsons had everything they needed to move in.