Part 57: Finish Phase – Finish and Punch lists

January 23, 2018

(Introduction, Syllabus, 1.Prelims, 1-4Precon, 2. Excavation, 3.Foundation, 4.Framing, 5.Close-In, 6.Roofing, 7.MEP, 8.Finish )

So, that’s it. If you followed this blog month to month to this end, I’d be impressed by your determination (stay tuned). ITMT I hope it’ll help you build your own house — someday.

Standard checklists
To that end, the Finish phase closes with a series of checklists used to think through any loose ends that might remain.

There is a checklist for each phase of the finish work: HVAC, electrical, and plumbing, and shouldn’t be confused with the construction checklists used during the construction process.

Punch lists to finalize a contract
In addition to the final checklists, “punch lists” are used to close out a construction contract and approve final payment to the contractor.

A punch list includes incomplete or incorrect installations and is prepared during a walk through with the owner and building contractor. The list is compiled and tracked with the help of punchlist software or spreadsheet templates.

Final payment is withheld as a legally defined retainage until the work is completed according to the original contract agreement.

Note that commercial structures, especially ones built for public use or with exposure to the health and well being of its users, must undergo a much more detailed commissioning process.

FWIW here’s an early walk through of the construction model for this project. Adobe Flash or similar VLC media player is required.



(To be continued…)


The material presented in this series has been taken from our book, “How a House is Built: With 3D Construction Models” The book includes annotated illustrations, captioned text, videos, models, and the 2D Preliminaries.



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