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Constructing the Shell-The Building Blocks

Once the foundation is poured, it is time to build the exterior walls and roof. This shell must withstand forces such as strong wind. Concrete, steel, and wood are popular building materials that meet this requirement. Building additions must also be stable and securely attached to an existing home.

This video is part of the building basics series. More below.
  • © Tobias Franoszek © Tobias Franoszek by kia on January 17, 2010 at 07:36PM
    When you build a house, clean and stable soil is essential to a foundation's ability to support its weight. If clay or muck is present, it must be removed or your house may settle.

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  • © Tobias Franoszek © Tobias Franoszek by Tobias on January 25, 2010 at 06:03PM
    Before the foundation can be poured, several important tasks must first be performed. The footer must be excavated and the rough utilites, such as electric, water, and gas, must be placed. The soil is treated for termites and ... More »
  • by kia on January 06, 2010 at 09:36PM
    Kia talks about important framing topics such as wood types, framing methods, and hardware used to prevent uplift. When you build a house, it needs to be structurally sound.

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  • © Tobias Franoszek © Tobias Franoszek by Tobias on February 08, 2010 at 07:16PM
    Kia explains how plumbing, electric and air is installed in a new house. Even a remodel or a building addition will require these systems.

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  • by Tobias on January 26, 2010 at 09:42PM
    Kia shows techniques used to weatherize your home. Insulation, for example, slows the conduction of heat while house wrap helps stop the moisture in air from entering your home. Roofing products, such as roofing felt, flashing, ... More »
  • by Tobias on February 10, 2010 at 11:42PM
    The final phase of construction is exciting even though there is a lot to do. The plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems must be operational with their fixtures in place. Flooring and trim must be installed. On the ... More »
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Snowbird @
04:17PM on February 25, 2010
Very informative. I spend part of my year in the South, I did not know that contractors could be so articulate and attractive. I am going to have to visit more contruction sites. Snowbird
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