Residential Construction

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Watch the magic happen during this time-lapse video of a new home being built.

Residential construction Is all about “new” home building and “existing” home renovations. What we see when we view a new home being built is typically the skilled tradespeople on-site, but there are an immense number of other people behind the scenes helping to make that project happen.

There are over 30 different skilled trades & other occupations working to get a typical new home built!

You may not realize this, but the construction process of residential homes can be dramatically different depending on the community, the buyer and/or the builder.  What does that mean? There are more than a few different ways to build a new home. Check these out…

CATEGORIES of Residential Construction

  • timber framing

    Timber Frame

    The way most of the houses in your community are likely being built.  Wood beams and lumber, big and small, are used to construct the frame of the house.

  • wood panel construction

    Wood Panel

    Rather than wooden beams, a house is built using pre-fabricated panels that are made of fiberglass boards sandwiched between thin sheets of wood.

  • prefab house


    Manufactured homes are pretty much entirely built at a manufacturing facility and transported to a location or piece of land.

  • log construction

    Log Construction

    Log construction uses actual tree logs that have been milled (formed) so that they can stack horizontally and interlock with notches to hold the frame together.

  • steel studs

    Steel Stud

    Similar to Timber Frame construction except that steel beams and screws are used instead of wood and nails to build the house.

  • concrete house construction


    Concrete that’s poured into forms for the structure of the house is becoming increasingly more popular as an environmentally friendly option of construction.

CUSTOMIZED Residential Construction

  • eco friendly house


    “Eco-Friendly” literally means environmentally, or earth-friendly therefore not harmful to the environment. So how does that translate to residential construction? It means renewable materials may be used in the construction, and  products and systems within the home are energy efficient and don’t contribute to air, water and land pollution.

  • energy efficient house

    Energy Efficient

    Using efficient building methods in new construction and in renovation that reduce the amount of energy used within the home for electricity, heat and other systems.  Energy efficiency saves the homeowner money on utilities and and decreases the pollution released into the environment.

  • smart house

    Smart House

    A “Smart House” is the term for houses that are built, or renovated, so that the appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment audio & video systems, security, and camera systems are capable of communicating with one another and can be controlled remotely, from any room in the home, as well as remotely from any location in the world by phone or internet.

  • tiny house

    Tiny House

    “Tiny Houses” (typically less than 400 square feet) are fully functioning homes that are most often built “mobile” so that they can be moved at any time. Some homeowners choose to build their homes eco-friendly giving them the option option of living “off-grid” without the need to tie into community resources such as the power grid and/or public water supply.

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