Jason Black from Artisan Signature Homes takes us step-by-step through the process of building a custom home in Glenview, Prospect and Anchorage Ky, the areas of town where he is often the busiest. Once the foundation has been poured and the walls are framed, it’s time to install the systems you’ll need to have a fully functional house such as your plumbing and electric rough ins.
Unfortunately, client enthusiasm for the project tends to dwindle at this phase. To the client, it may not look like much when Black installs the cornice system, but it ultimately attaches the gutters and protects the roof from a current of water flooding the attic during a heavy rain. Recirculating hood vents are installed to funnel cooking byproducts like smoke and grease outside. Bath vents, plumbing vents, and fireplaces are all piped out of the house and positioned so they can’t be seen from the street. HVAC contractors can also install those central vacuum systems and crumb catchers that have become popular in the kitchen and master baths in high-end Louisville homes, too.
Once all these underlying structures are in place, the roof shingles go on — and then it’s plumbing time! The positioning of water and drain lines sometimes depends upon the vanities his clients select. Sometimes Black has to hide the lines when there are exposed baskets beneath the master vanities, or shift the lines around to maximize drawer space. Black likes to know where the shower valves and controls are going ahead of time, so he can install the systems optimally. “Guys are running 2,3, 3 ½ inch pipe through the walls from upstairs to the basement,” Black explains. “That takes a lot of effort to run long pipes without having seams and joints everywhere, so it’s a pretty skilled time.”
Once that’s finished, Black runs the Carolina or Bevolo gas lanterns people love out to the porch and garage areas. The gas stove, fireplace, heating and air vents are all marked. Clients then come in to think about where furniture might go to make sure they won’t be blocking any of these systems.
So to recap, there are plumbers coming in first. The heating and air guys come in second. The electrical contractor comes in third. At this point, we’re talking about recessed can lights, sconce lights on the wall, lamp accent lighting, backyard flood lights, recessed lights on the porch, coach or decorative lights out by the driveway, under-counter lighting, pantry lights, motion detection cabinet lights, and other options. The location of floor plugs and light switches is determined – usually by flow, but with input from the client, too.
Audio and video systems are part of this early rough work, so speakers and cameras are pre-wired into kitchens, recreation rooms, porches, garages, bathrooms, or wherever they are desired. The security team rolls in to place keypads and motion sensors. That wraps up the “roughing in” portion of the Louisville custom home building process.
In the next edition of the Custom Home Builder Podcast, Jason Black will discuss inspections, insulation, and drywall. You can find his custom home podcast series at his website at www.ArtisanSignatureHomes.com and the full transcript at http://artisansignaturehomes.com/roughing-in-your-luxury-or-custom-home/.