So, you’ve decided to build your own home? It won’t be easy, of course, but it is an option that more and more Americans are opting for, and it comes with a life time of potential reward once you’ve finished. Here we take a look at some of the equipment you’ll need to invest in at each stage to embark upon this adventure.
Before you get anywhere near to actually building your new home you’re going to need to lay the groundwork; quite literally. Prior to construction, you’ll probably need to work with a designer and even if you’re able to design the home yourself, you’ll need to speak to a construction company and arrange to have the land you plan to build on fenced off and secured. There are many options for suppliers of temporary fencing, remember this isn’t just a safety measure; you’ll want to keep any equipment left on the site overnight safe from theft.
Things are moving along nicely and you’re now ready to lay the foundations. For this you’ll need to hire a digger, and someone to operate it. This is fine for straightforward digging jobs, but some land will require more specialised equipment and you should discuss your needs here with a qualified professional, either your designer or engineer. Piling rigs, augers and trench supports all might come in to play for deeper excavations depending on the conditions.
Now the construction can really begin! Safety is your number one concern here, especially as you may be liable for any accidents incurred on site. Invest in a good quality safety harness for every member of your construction crew. The general tools you’ll require can most easily be obtained from local construction companies and exactly what you need will depend on the home you’re building. If you’ve hired a crew to take care of this then you can sit back and relax, a little bit at least. If you are overseeing the build and are hiring tradesman individually for different tasks then you will be responsible for ensuring that everyone has adequate safety equipment and tools appropriate to the jobs they’re performing.
You have three options for home construction methods, either using insulating concrete forms (ICFs), structural insulated panels (SIPs), or steel frames, and each will require different specialist equipment. For ICF’s you will need to hire a concrete pump to place the concrete and something called a poker vibrator to release air from the wet concrete. If you’re going the SIP route, you may need a crane to lower panels in to position. If you’re using steel frames, then you will almost certainly need to hire a crane to lower them in to position.
If you are ever unsure about your equipment needs it is important to have engineers and designers on hand that you can consult with. Making mistakes with the equipment that you make available to yourself and your crew can be very costly and even dangerous. You certainly don’t want to end up with an unsafe home! But, as long as you plan ahead and consult with experienced professionals, your first home build should be a roaring success.
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