Hammering it home
Today’s new homes reflect changing market preferences and integrate elaborate designs and consumer desires into the floor plans and construction of the homes. And successful home builders have the knowledge, organizational skills and drive to build them.
Like a CEO, a home builder relies on a number of workers to get the job done right. A home builder guides dozens of skilled artisans and professionals, including carpenters, architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians, painters and landscapers. The builder must understand all of the home’s complex systems and know enough about each contractor’s trade in order to coordinate this skilled team to build and sell a quality product.
Some home builders develop the land on which the homes are built. They look at a piece of land to determine whether it complies with zoning regulations, local planning laws and environmental restrictions, and whether it is suitable for development. Once a builder determines that a site is suitable for construction, they must navigate the permitting process.
Home builders serve as liaisons with their communities and local government officials. After studying the building codes, the builder collects all the required permits from various authorities before proceeding with construction.
Once the permits are obtained, the builder will prepare the site and select how the home will be situated on it. The home builder then oversees the entire construction process, which includes — but is certainly not limited to — laying the foundation; erecting the framing, roofing and siding; building the walls; and installing the plumbing, heating and electrical work.
Karen Nakamura is CEO of the Building Industry Association of Hawaii.