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Building Information – Lock up and beyond

January 25, 2016

Building your new home is exciting but sometimes overwhelming.

Let us guide you through the lock up stage of your home so you can better understand what’s involved.

Site clean.

Now that the basic structure of your house is finished, it’s time to clean up the construction site. Your site supervisor will arrange for the removal of any excess materials and/or waste. As every construction site is different, your supervisor may decide the clean-up will take place at a later stage of construction, depending on upcoming or pending work. This is always at the discretion of your site supervisor.

Plaster float and set.

Since the electrical and plumbing work is predominantly if not completely finished and your roof is now on, it’s time to start working on your internal plaster works. As homes are built all year round, many houses are constructed during the winter period, therefore sometimes the exposed brick walls can become wet prior to roof completion. If this happens, builders will need to allow time for the walls to dry to an acceptable level before they can plaster your internal brickwork. Allowing ample time for the brickwork to dry will ensure the best result enabling the plaster to adhere to the wall better.

Your plasterer will begin by applying the first coat which appears grey in colour, this is known as ‘the float’, and will cover all the internal brickwork. While it will appear grey to begin with, your plasterer will then return and apply a second coat of plaster, known as the ‘set’ coat.

Ceilings and cornices.

Now that your walls have been plastered, the installation of your ceilings will commence. The ceiling contractors will install plasterboard sheeting to the underside of your ceiling frames. At this stage you will be able to see where the ceiling boards adjoin, so your installer will then tape and flush these joints to form a smooth ceiling.

Next, they will install the cornices and although they are not yet painted, you will see your ceiling start to take shape. Please note, if you have full height tiling to your wet areas, ceiling tradesman will need to make a return trip at a later date to apply and finish the cornice application to these areas.

Window Glazing.

In the meantime, whilst the plaster and ceiling stages are being attended to, a window glazier will be installing the glass for all your windows.

Final plaster coat for the walls – the set coat.

Your plasterer will now return to finish off all the walls by applying the final white set coat. Once the plaster set coat is dry, you will be left with the standard internal walls you see prior to painting. Please note, if you have tiling in any areas of your home, the walls will remain the grey float coat and no white set coat will be applied, this ensures the tiles adhere properly. You may notice that while the set coat dries, windows are left open, allowing the house to air out properly. This will also help the coat dry.

Lock up.

Now that your plasterer has finished and everything is dry, your site supervisor will organise for all doors and shelving to be delivered to the site in preparation for your lockup.

Congratulations you have now reached lock up.

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