Warm Shell Construction Process
When building a Warm Shell Barndominium with Beehive Buildings, you (or a General Contractor you contract with) will be responsible for everything but the warm shell. Below is a summary of what you’ll need to coordinate yourself or find a General Contractor to coordinate for you. The list is not all-inclusive, but is intended to give you an idea of what will be required.
Beehive's responsibilities have bullet points and are italicized. You, or your General Contractor, will be responsible for all other items.
You’ll need to obtain a building permit from your governing authority (city or county) before we can start construction.
If you’re going to general the project yourself as owner/builder, you’ll apply for the permit in your name and list your sub-contractors, including Beehive as a subcontractor.
If you’re going to have a General Contractor manage the project, check with them to see if they’ll apply for your building permit or if they’d like you to apply for it in their name.
EXCAVATION, PAD PREP, AND UTILITIES
If utilities aren’t stubbed to your property, you’ll need to complete this before our crews come out to begin construction. You’ll also need to make sure your pad is prepped. Typically, your most economical option for pad prep will be to have your excavator do it while there.
Once you have obtained your building permit, Beehive Buildings crew will come out and complete the dirt work, which includes:
- Auger Holes & Set Poles
- Frost Protection
- We will either ask you to schedule the footing inspection for us or will get your building permit information and schedule that ourselves.
We’ll give you a timeframe (typically about 3 days) for your plumbing subcontractor to complete their underground work and backfill, compact, and level to existing grade so it’s ready for concrete.
We’ll leave a conduit in the cement floor and then your electrician can do their work once the building shell is complete.
Our crew will pour the cement floor.
We will complete the building shell and then our portion is finished, with the exception of the insulation if you have chosen to do that with us. We need to wait until you’ve passed your 4-way inspection before doing insulation.
At this point, we’ll turn the project over to you for:
- Interior framing
- Finish Plumbing
- Finish Electrical
- 4-Way Inspection (Framing, Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC)
- If you have opted to do insulation through us, let us know once you’ve passed your 4-way inspection and we’ll get it scheduled.
- Insulation Inspection, if needed
- Interior Finishings
- Baseboard and Door Casings
- Interior doors
As mentioned above, this is not an exhaustive list but will give you an idea of what coordination will be required for a warm shell barndominium.