The Top Floor First Building Process

Lightweight – Fast build - Two Storey Homes – The building process Part 1

Stage 1

  • After the ground slab is poured and cured, we form up the upper floor on top of the ground slab.
    • The upper slab can be either a framed concrete upper slab, or alternatively, a cheaper, or more economic option is a framed floor with particle board
    • Unlike traditional double brick homes, where the bricks are loaded and the walls (plate) is built.
  • The upper walls and roof frame are installed, while the upper floor is sitting on the ground floor slab.
  • The upper frame is built and the roof is covered and the external wall lining is installed.
  • The Plumbers and electrician will come in and “tube out” (lay all the plumbing pipes and electrical cables in the roof and walls) of the upper storey before wall lining and ceilings are installed internally.
  • Once all the tubes are completed, windows and any glass sliding doors to the upper floor are glazed, (the glass is put in)
  • When the windows have been glazed, the wall and ceiling linings (plasterboard) are installed.
  • The external lining and any eaves (if applicable) are painted (or plastered with an acrylic coating, depending on your specifications).
Your upper storey is ready to be lifted (jacked) and
Your house is now starting to take shape in a very short period of time.

Stage 2

The truck and jacks come in to lift your upper floor.

  • Once the upper floor is lifted, (when all the jacks and equipment are set up, takes about ½ an hour). Acrow props (extendable poles) are placed on the ground slab to hold the upper floor up while the lower frames are installed underneath. They have all been manufactured before being delivered to site.
  • The jacks are lowered and removed from site and work continues on the lower floor.

So in a small amount of time, you have had a ground floor slab, your upper floor is finished and lifted and the lower wall frames are installed.

 Your house is more than halfway through the construction process, it will not be long until your home is completed.

Stage 3

  • The lower roof is built and covered if there is any area not covered by the upper floor.
  • The external wall lining lower is installed.
  • The Plumbers and electrician will come in and “tube out” (lay all the plumbing pipes and electrical cables in the roof and walls) before wall lining and ceilings are installed internally.
  • Once all the tubes are completed, the wall and ceiling linings (plasterboard) are installed.
  • The external lining and any eaves (if applicable) are painted (or plastered with an acrylic coating, depending on your specifications).
  • Windows are glazed, and now the upper floor is nearly ready to be lifted.
  • The front and any other timber doors are installed, and your house is now locked up.
  • The fixing carpenter will install any shelving, window nosings (trim), skirting or capping (if applicable) ready for painting
  • The cabinets are installed, the tiler will do his screeding (laying a bed for the floor tiles to create fall to the wastes) the waterproofing is done for any wet areas (showers) ready for the tiling.
  • The tiling is laid and grouted
  • The final painting, doors frames and wall linings,(if included) will be done
  • Any external finishes, eg, paving, fencing, garage door, etc will be completed
  • Your house has reached Practical completion

On the day of the crane lift, several people organised to have any larger items to be delivered to the site so that they could be craned up on the same day.

The double glazed windows were glazed (glass was fitted into the frames) before they were lifted up.  The large plasterboard sheets were craned up on a pallet and some of the longer stone cabinet tops were craned up as they wouldn’t have fit into any of the lifts.

Once all the items were craned up, they were stored ready for work at the beginning of the new working week, as no works are allowed other than the crane lift over the weekend.

The windows are then fitted and the flashings to be installed.

The aircon people, plumbers and electricians have come back in to do all of the tube outs now that the steel framing has been completed.

The plasterboard wall linings, ceilings, lighting troughs, air tight bulkheads for the aircon, are nearly all finished, the cornice has been put up and just needs to be sanded.

As the apartment is part of a strata, any items that are installed to the outer of the building, must comply with the strata body colour scheme. The window frames had to be powdercoated to match the existing bronze colour of the old frames.
Any painting of the walls and ceiling to the balcony, must match the colour that was there before the renovation began.

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, then Central Avenue Home’s lightweight fast building method is the building method for you.

  • Are you on a limited budget for your new home?
  • Will my dream house fit on the block?
  • Can I afford to buy this block?
  • What other costs do I need to add to my building costs?
  • Are you worried about buying that block in case you can’t find a design to fit?
  • Do you want to deal with someone who knows what they are doing and tells you the truth?
  • Are you looking for a builder who builds custom designed homes to suit your budget?
  • Do you want a builder with a small team who will guide you through the whole process from initial design to the handover of your new home.

No block size or shape is too difficult for us to work with and we offer services for all budgets.

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