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This Construction Timeline Calculator is designed to help residential home builders, remodelers, or general contractors calculate how long it will take to complete a project based on the five phases of construction.

What are the 5 phases of a construction project?

While construction projects can widely vary, generally speaking, you can break any residential construction project into 5 primary phases.

Phase 1: Planning/Design

The planning and design phase of a residential construction project is an incredibly important part of the entire process. It involves taking into account different factors such as site location, potential restrictions, occupants, applicable building codes and regulations, material selection, safety measures, and more in order to develop a plan for completing a project.

After that preliminary research has been done there are several stages to design, from creating floor plans and renderings; engineering systems like plumbing and wiring schematics; selecting materials ; outlining energy efficiency considerations; deciding between interior finishes such as paint colors or cabinet styles; making sure all applicable local codes are being met for safety reasons; taking into account any special needs requirements for handicap accessibility ;and potentially implementing automated home features.

The outcome sets up a framework upon which decisions can continue throughout construction until completion. Properly carrying out this crucial phase often saves money time and peace-of-mind down if carried correctly!

Phase 2: Pre-Construction

The pre-construction phase of residential construction projects is another critical step in preparing for a successful project. It includes compiling necessary permits, materials, land survey paperwork and finalizing an architectural design. Further steps involve finalizing the cost estimation of supplies, developing a schedule for project completion, lining up your team and researching and negotiating with subcontractors. All these activities should happen before residential construction starts to establish the most efficient plan of action, budgeting parameters and make sure all requirements of local building codes are met. This phase ensures that residential construction projects run a lot smoother from the start.

Phase 3: Procurement

The procurement phase of a residential construction project is typically includes drawing up and finalizing subcontractor agreements; securing and scheduling the deliveries of materials and client selections; renting equipment; and addressing any changes to the scope or budget based on availability. All contracts with clients and/or project participants should be completed and signed before starting the next phase and work has begun. Finally, this phase also involves obtaining local permits that may be necessary to move ahead with the project.

Phase 4: Construction

Once all of the planning and procurement has been completed, the project is ready to move to the construction phase, which is where execution of the project begins. This usually begins with site preparation, such as tearing down any existing structures, or clearing the ground and laying out the foundation. After that, walls and other structural features are constructed and put into place. Windows, doors, electrical wiring and plumbing systems are also installed during this period. In some projects, exterior work such as siding and roofing materials are added to complete the structure while interior finishes such as drywall and insulation are done at the same time. By this point of the project, all safety requirements have been met so that once the construction is complete, it can move to the post-construction phase for final inspections and client approval.

Phase 5: Post-Construction

After construction has been completed, there is still work to be done in the post-construction phase. This often includes putting everything back together as it was prior to the project beginning, such as refitting floors, windows, walls and roofs. There could also be landscaping requirements such as grass reseeding or tree planting that needs completing. Finishing touches such as painting touch-ups or fixing any minor cosmetic issues are key too. Once all of these tasks have been completed and the residential construction project is officially closed out, a final inspection will be conducted to ensure compliance.