Residential Construction Work
Residential construction work is probably the oldest form of construction known to man. It has taken on many forms, from new construction to renovation, and has used material from mud to brinks to slabs of granite. Since it protects mankind from the elements, it can be argued residential construction work is the most important kind of construction there is.
Residential construction work, for centuries, was fairly basic except for the rare occasions where a very wealthy person or royalty was the client. As engineering became more advanced, residential construction work began to incorporate new items, like bricks, stone and, in some cases, luxuries like granite and marble. Though these were more expensive, these buildings were far more durable and more appealing to property owners. New home construction in the United States skyrocketed after World War II, with the creation of mass transit and the highway system allowing people greater access to cities while not living in them. The creation of the suburbs followed, and residential construction work reached levels never before seen. Construction companies around the country now specialize in new home construction, developing and building structures of varying size, shape, complexity and price to meet the needs of potential clients.
The first step in the residential construction work process is the development of an architectural design. While in some cases the client can have a home built to their exact specifications, cost and building codes frequently lead to the adaptation of a common design developed by the builder and used hundreds, if not thousands of times. After establishing a floor layout, or plan, and checking to make sure the design meets building code standards, construction begins.
For new homes, residential construction work begins with the building of the exterior of the house and the laying of the foundation. Construction of the frame follows, along with the installation of water pipes and electrical wiring. Weather protection and retaining walls come next. Inside, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) are installed, along with the electrical wiring and plumbing started on the exterior. Insulation is put in and floors are laid before the walls are put in; in more modern homes, wiring for cable and other electronic systems is put in at this time as well. Once the wiring is complete, the walls and ceilings are completed. Personal touches like cabinetry, furnishings and other internal d?cor complete the process.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Abrams Industries is involved in several markets ranging from construction, real estate, and energy management. Concerning their construction division, Abrams Industries focuses on new construction projects for retail, distribution, expansion projects, and other commercial ventures. In the company's real estate division, they are involved in commercial...