It’s now week three of the build for Aaron and Grace Cruden. This week the structural framework is completed and the building wrap applied. The installation of the building wrap is a very important part of the overall build.
Building wrap refers to synthetic sheeting that is wrapped around a house to protect against moisture infiltration. Building wrap is a water-resistant barrier and has one primary function – resisting the infiltration of water into a building assembly.
Another step this week is fixing the fascia board in place so the roof can be fitted. Fascia is an architectural term for a frieze or band running horizontally and situated vertically under a roof edge. It typically consists of a wooden board or sheet metal. The horizontal fascia board which caps the end of rafters outside a building may be used to hold the rain gutter. The finished surface below the fascia and rafters is called the soffit or eave.
“At this stage we can really see the house coming together,” says Grace. “We are now thinking about what the kitchen, a really important part of the overall house for us, is going to look like."
Grace’s comments are backed up by an international survey which shows that the kitchen has been identified as the most important space in a new home. The kitchen is now an area in which families can relax, cook, interact, entertain and eat – it’s no longer a single room with one purpose.
Designers forecast the 2015 kitchen will merge with the family and living room to become the “great room”.
Grace says “We like the idea of open-plan living and dining and the concept of a ‘great room’ really appeals to us.”
Both Aaron and Grace like to spend time in the kitchen cooking, so ensuring the space is just right is really important to them.
“Grace is an outstanding cook and we like to entertain, so it’s important to us that this house has a really well-thought out functional kitchen,” Aaron says.
Double sinks, recessed lighting, ample table space, a breakfast bar and pull-out drawers have been identified as predominant features in contemporary kitchens and Aaron and Grace say some of these features will be included in this home.
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The 14 week Generation Homes process
Week 3 – Your home takes shape
Generation Home typically takes 14 weeks to build a new home. Week three sees the structural framework completed, the building wrap applied and the fascia fixed in place. Your house is now ready for the roof to be fitted. The look of your home starts to emerge from the structure.